July 31-August 6: Photo Project Week 31

Dog Days of Summer.

July 31 – Scissor Grinder Cicada

Here in the midwest, you can hear them but you don’t always see them. They are big and UGLY! This guy was still alive hanging on my parents’ sun umbrella.

August 1 – Purple Crown Vetch

Right now this is everywhere. Little pink flowers atop green opposite pinnatisect leaves growing low to the ground. Bees love them.

August 2 – Flowering spurge or Poison Milk weed

This is growing along the Illinois Prairie Path and blooming right now. I didn’t realize until doing a bit of research on the internet that milk weed is so varied in leaf and flower. This plant, too, causes skin irritation.

August 3 – Homeschooling in the summer.

No, I am not homeschooling right now, but I am prepping for the fall. I am a weirdo and enjoy the prep way more than I actually enjoy homeschooling. I am excited for all of the books that my kids will get to read this year.

August 4, 2022 – Anise Hyssop

This smells just lightly of anise (black licorice) but is a wonderful wildflower to add to your garden. The bees and butterflies love it. It is in the mint family.

August 5 – Heuchera

This perennial has been in my parents’ garden for years. The variety that they have currently has wonderful fall colours even in the midst of the heat of summer.

August 6 – Chuck Taylors

It was very hot yesterday so I decided that it would be a good day to clean my Converse shoes. I love these shoes. Considering they have no arch support they were the most comfortable shoes to walk around the city streets of Paris in May. And yes they do make you stand out as an American. I did not see many Chuck Taylors in Europe unless they were on American feet.

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