Sure Signs of Summer

9:33 am. Location: Lake Forest backyard, sunny perfect day, having coffee and reading Chicago Historical Society journal and the NYTimes, while texting to see if anyone wants to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream with me tonight (no one (so far) does, how is that possible!?) being staged by Lake Forest Openlands Association and Citadel Theater Company.

Action: a movement across the way, in the birdbath, a robin taking a rambunctious bath, lots of splashing, flies off.

9:35 am. Same Location. Same circumstances.

Action: a movement across the way, in the birdbath, Mr. Cardinal takes a bath, but with longer and more restrained splashing than the robin’s. Flies to pine tree, misses, flies on to tulip tree.

Thought: Do birds schedule their bath times for 9:30 on Sundays?

Here are a few more signs that it is, indeed, summer in Chicago:

Currants in a Bowl

Currants from my Garden: Muffins to Follow

Daylilies Ernst 7-17-2014 1-49-59 PM 1510x1952

Daylilies in Ernst Harboe’s parkway, Northfield, IL

Male Widow Skimmer Dragonfly. Check out

Male Widow Skimmer Dragonfly at Richmond, IL. Check out for more info

Thank You to Bernard Rosauer, landscape architect, for this photo, taken in Genoa City, WI

Thank You to Bernard Rosauer, landscape architect, for this photo, taken in Genoa City, WI

Last but not least, here’s the start of peach and blueberry cobbler. Thank you, God, for summer!##




Posted on by weedpatchgazette in Birds, Bugs & Butterflies, Plants

3 Responses to Sure Signs of Summer

  1. Martha Drummond

    Perhaps the birds are happy to play around your yard, particularly when you are there. It is nice to think that anyway. There is so much beauty in our back yards if we just sit there and enjoy it happen. Good locations for sculptures of Pyramus and Thisbee. Peaches, corn, and blueberries- we are at the height of summer. Worth jarring various concoctions if you have time, to bring the tastes of summer into the Fall and Winter. I don’t know about you, but have had more song birds than ever in my yard- nesting in good and not so good places. My phlox smell wonderful and whole bank of them swaying in the breeze with spots of beautiful yellow yarrow definitely catch the eye of people who walk by for their daily walks. Butterflies and bees are also enjoying them. Hamlet is being produced by a variety of local theatre groups here in CT…for Shakespeare in the park events-Stratford, Guilford, and Middletown. Definitely worth attending if you can.

  2. Deirdre E Toner

    Wonderful post! Reminds me to slow down ….

    • Krisalyn

      This is a neat suyamrm. Thanks for sharing!

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