And though the chokecherry’s blossoms are fading, its scent has intensified… the blooms have migrated back into the park to the last surviving apple tree that gave “Orchard” park its name, a cottonball cloud of white in a bright green sea.  

21:31:58 PM

We also planted some catnip that Jenny’s nurtured from seed. It doesn’t seem to germinate very well, but the seeds that did sprout have the most potent leaves our cats have ever tasted. They can smell it from 30 feet away – we have to protect the plants or they’d be eaten to nothing in a single intoxicated frenzy (though it might be fun to watch :-)

10:37:14 AM

We’re officially past our last average frost date (May 21 – find yours here
), so we put all of our vegetables out into the garden now, including our tomatoes. The spinach leaves are starting to look like spinach (just barely), but we haven’t seen any beet sprouts yet.  

16:40:47 PM

16°C (60.8°F) Yesterday was still spring, but today is summer. High humidity, hours of rolling thunder, and a new sound from our marsh ponds – toads. From the description of the call, I think it’s a Canadian Toad
(Bufo hemiophrys
), but I haven’t been able to find a recording on the web, and we’re a little east of their normal range. It sounds a lot like the American Toad
(Bufo americanus
) here
, only shorter and a little deeper.