It will be hot and humid today, although we've had some low humidity days this past week. I managed to do some outside work, like pulling weeds and checking for berries.
Wineberries are ready and I've picked a bunch. Unfortunately, we don't have large stands of them. The blackberries are just starting to ripen, but so far most are bitter. If it rains some more, we may have some sweet plump ones. I noticed that, probably due to last year's drought conditions, large stands of blackberry have disappeared or significantly shrunk.
Blooming now: Rose of Sharon, daylilies, hosta, butterfly bush, larkspur, soapwort. and lavender. Chard, fennel, beans, and shallots are ready to harvest. Asparagus are done for the most part.
Biting and stinging insects are active in abundance, but not a single June bug was spotted last month -- just for the record.