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A Phield of Phlox


I’m so sorry, but I was just totally unable to resist the alliteration πŸ˜‰ While I was on the phone to Mom this morning, I was also wandering around the yard, and came upon this mass of blue. There was no sign of it a couple of days ago! A long time ago I transplanted a small start of wild phlox from the woods, but I hadn’t realized it had settled in and spread to this extent. It just blew me away. Most of what’s blooming right now is in the pink-to-red range, so this was a nice change. I’m waiting for a couple of other things to progress to the photo op stage.

I considered Code Orange, or Orange Bird Alert as a post title, but thought better of it. Orange, in this case, being several Baltimore orioles (not the baseball players!) that have been hanging around the suet feeder the last few days, somewhat to the consternation of the downy woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees and titmice that are the regulars. We still have at least 2 rose-breasted grosbeaks around, even though another one sadly flew into a window. (Sunday update: This morning, there were 34 orioles trying to drink from the hummer feeder right outside the kitchen window, but of course the holes are too small. I put a cut orange out for them, so hope they’ll accept that!)

In keeping with the spring weather, both cats have had the zoomies lately – Maggie has been having a blast playing in the cubes, and with a new mouse. Amber’s not all that interested in the mouse, but she’s been pretty hard on the paperwads lately.

We had a nice trip to St. Louis today, excellent dim sum lunch, and found some nice mushrooms and other veggies at one of the Chinese grocery stores. Next was a stop at The Weaving Department for a few more circular needles and wonder of wonder, No Yarn – I fondled, but none followed me home this time. Maybe next trip. Last was dessert at Ted Drewes – frozen custard since 1929, right on Historic Route 66. It wasn’t quite this crowded today, but 2 wedding parties came by while we were there.


Author: joyknits

Knitter, designer, tech editor, spinner sharing a home in the Missouri Ozarks with my husband (53 years and counting), 1 dog, 2 cats, and way too much stash!

2 thoughts on “A Phield of Phlox

  1. You are about a month ahead of us… we won’t have summer phlox for longer than that, most likely, but the orioles usually show up here in late May to eat the oranges we put out for them.

    I think Milwaukee and St. Louis are the only two places on the map that have frozen custard – food of the gods!!

  2. YUM! Save me a Foxes Treat….no….A Cardinal Sin………a Concrete! Yes, a Concre…….no, definitely a Foxes Treat/Cardinal Sin/Concrete! Yes!!

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