Fourth of July blooms

A holiday walk brought lots of full blooms.  Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan), and Monarda fistulosa (Bee balm) are in bloom all over! 

 

 Rudbeckia with the honey bee mating nucs - hopefully it helps the queens find their way back!

Rudbeckia with the honey bee mating nucs - hopefully it helps the queens find their way back!

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 A moth and a honey bee fell victim to the sticky pollinia - trapped by the plant's pollen packets, they died in the blossom. 

A moth and a honey bee fell victim to the sticky pollinia - trapped by the plant's pollen packets, they died in the blossom. 

 Rudbeckia hirta - lots of mare's tale, but it isn't thick enough to crowd our seedlings.

Rudbeckia hirta - lots of mare's tale, but it isn't thick enough to crowd our seedlings.