Terapene carolina carolina, aka Common Box Turtle, is a frequent visitor to our garden. Today’s guest was way too early for a fish in the lily pool. It can wait. Its lifespan can stretch out to a century.

Photo from Wikipedia.
Hesperis matronalis, sweet rocket, The Rogue’s Gilliflower. a an edible, scented member of the brassica family blooms alongside Aquilegia coerulea.


The wisteria puts on its annual show.

Above, Tatarian honeysuckle after a rain shower.

Tricksy viola odorata confuses the nose with ketones. I challenge you to describe its scent.

Rosa rugosa Sir Thomas Lipton never disappoints.

Sir Thomas Lipton up close.

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