Another month gone. I really have not done much the past several weeks other than work. If I was not at work, I was working at my prairie restoration site or working in the garden. With all of the rain we have gotten this year, gardening has come down to mainly weed management as the weeds are out of control. The vegetable garden is not doing too well this year due to all of the flooding and the insects. Everything is getting eaten within an inch of its life.
This past Monday we had another storm rip through and this time I lost power. Fortunately it was on a Monday and at night so I was able to get out the generator to keep the basement pumped out. The power came back on after 11:00 PM so I was grateful that I didn't have to get up for work in the morning.
I have also been making lots of jam as the serviceberry and cherry trees put out a bumper crop of fruit. I made 11 1/2 pints of cherry jam and 10 1/2 pints of serviceberry jam. This morning I might make some nectarine preserves as I was able to buy some really nice nectarines this week.
I have also been out butterfly monitoring a couple times this month. Results have been pretty dismal. I guess the cold and way to wet spring has played havoc with the butterflies this year and it just does not look like it will be a very good year.