In the garden: Bring on the hummingbirds!
The bee balm popped today:
So I look forward my garden being put on the hummingbird nectar circuit forthwith. Actually, though, already is -- I saw the yellow honeysuckle across the garden shaking, and then saw the tiny fat jet fighter-like body of a hummingbird zoom away, metaphorical afterburners aflame. If I recall correctly, in past years hummingbirds tended to show up in the cool of the day, which makes sense: Minimal energy expenditure with respect to nectar yield.
And speaking of invasive plants:
My Southern friends razz me about this: "You cultivate morning glories? My my!" they hoot. In more tropical climes, morning glories are, apparently, pests; my friend removed bales of it from his yard. And the same with honeysuckle, although up here the sweet smell brings compliements from passers by (along with the smell of the rosa rugosa, invasive too, but also not having had all the scent bred out of it).
Up here, however, morning glories are more tempered. I'll train them -- more hooting -- up strings, and they will make a pretty show, either side of the driveway.