These are the flowers on my comfrey plant, which is opening now. I bought it last year, and it shrugged off the nasty winter without any problems. I recommend this plant for several reasons. Pollinators love it, it is a medium-sized plant that adds a nice blue color to my perennial border, and although I will never explore its medicinal properties, it also has a ton of those. According to my cursory research, comfrey tea can be used to treat everything from digestive upsets to cancer. It can also help treat skin problems and even fractures.
On a less positive note, this photo, taken through a window with my phone, depicts the quick and tragic end of my snap pea crop. We thought that maybe this year the rabbits would somehow overlook them, but no. They simply waited until they were about six inches tall, hopped over the fence, and devoured them. Then this big, plump lagomorph, (looks like a doe to me) stuffed with tender shoots, had a nice rest IN the bed. Where are those foxes that kept the rabbits in check? This is what happens when the predators go away.
I cannot conclude this post without saying, once again, for the record, that the new Mac photo application is without a doubt one of the most annoying I have ever had to use. I am still trying to figure out how to label my photos, and even the editing has been made more confusing and inefficient.
Why, why, why did they do this? To see how far they could push their customers before they went running back to the welcoming arms of Microsoft? Did they have some down time on a rainy afternoon, and someone suggested they screw around with iPhoto just to see what would happen? Did someone slip something into the Red Bull that day? And did they decide NOT to warn their users before springing this travesty on us because they wanted to watch us suffer? I guess we will never know.