Here in Lexington, Kentucky through August and early September the temperature has been around 90F/32C, and there’s been no rain for several weeks.
As a result my serviceberry has suffered and dropped over half of it’s leaves. Some nearby trees such as the silver maple, pin oaks and Kousa dogwood have all fared better.
This picture shows a monarch butterfly on a zinnia under the serviceberry. Sightings of these have been the cause of much excitement in recent weeks, and it’s been encouraging to see them along with swallowtails, and other insects, on flowers in the public gardens that I help take care of.
Thanks to Mike for letting me guest post here and to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting Tree Following.