"Off with 'is 'ead!" That's the battle cry when you're after invasive thistles, cutting the flower-head to prevent seed from developing. Our group started near Country Lane Woods, working north toward Katydid Slough. Parts of this area are wetland, though not so much after a July of minimal rain.
Thanks to first-time Palos volunteer Violet for joining us on the hunt!.
Sunday August 5, Cap Sauers Holding
Bob's original plan was to cut brush; another hot afternoon led him to switch to seed collecting. We gathered a goodly amount of bottlebrush grass seed, which will be distributed later in the season.
Ms Julie has a couple milkweeds at home, which, of course, means monarch eggs and caterpillars. Thus far we've only fostered them while finding adoptive parents; in the short time we've had them it's been illuminating to watch their behavior.
While picking dill, in my backyard, I felt one swallowtail caterpillar drop onto my leg. Julie found his buddy on another branch. These two are also guests at the moment.