|Lorquin's Admiral butterfly (Limenitis lorquini) on Nasturtium (Tropaeolum minus "Alaska")|
|Roma Tomato blossoms|
From the vegetable garden, I wandered down to the pond to see what wetland plants are blooming.
|Monkey Flower (Mimulus moschatas)|
|Water lily (Nymphaea species)|
|Common Harebell (Campanula rotundiflora)|
A few harebells were blooming.
|Cinquefoil (Potentilla sp.)|
and some cinquefoils. I spotted one lone locoweed.
|Locoweed (Oxytropis species)|
|Bumblebee (Bombus sp.) and Bee Mimic Beetle (Trichiotinus assimilis) on blooming Birchleaf Spirea (Spiraea betufolia)|
|Bumblebee (Bombus sp.) on Spiraea Douglasii|
Numerous bumblebees were on the pink fluffy spires of Douglas Spirea.
There are numerous creambush (Holodiscus discolor), also known as ocean spray or mountain spray which are not quite in full bloom.
|Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)|
Another favorite of bees and other pollinators is the tiny pink blooms of the snowberry. Moving from the forest edge into the trees is where I find one of my favorite plants blooming in the dappled sunlight under the trees.
|Twinflower (Linnaea borealis)|
I've always thought the tiny little twinflower (Linneae borealis) would make a great plant for a fairy garden.
|Pine Drops (Pterospora andromedea)|
Although not yet in full bloom, I'm happy to see the stalks of several pine drops poking up under the trees. Thank you to May Dreams Gardens for hosting the monthly garden blog hop. Be sure to visit the other gardens this month. Some of the books in my library that I find helpful to identify the native plants, flowers and insects in the Pacific Northwest include the following: