We got over 1 1/2 inches of rain overnight, and although it is slightly cooler, it’s still really humid. The sticky, sweaty, hard to breathe kind of humidity. But that did not stop several tenacious Eastern Tiger Swallowtails from spending some time in the garden today.

There is also some Black Swallowtails, some Summer Azures, and some Monarchs. Today’s bird list includes Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Cardinal, American Goldfinch, Robin, Carolina Wren, House Finch, Mourning Dove, Rock Pigeon, Catbird, Mockingbird, and two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

Yesterday there were 3 hummingbirds. It’s the time of year when I’m constantly wondering if they have decided to begin their amazing migratory journey.

Still in bloom: Joe Pye, perennial sunflower, cup plant, pink phlox, white phlox, indian paintbrush, and ironweed. The goldenrod is nearing bloom but has not yet.

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