thistle. It's about eight inches square. Most thistle are weeds but they're also beneficial to many species of butterflys who feed on their nectar and goldfinch love thistle seeds.
artichoke, which I love. It's too cold here to grow artichoke here but in California I grew it. You can see why, when it started to go to seed, I didn't have the heart to stop it. I like to use canned artichoke and spinach, drain them well (squeeze the spinach to get as much liquid out as possible), add sour cream and paprika for a quick to make and healthy dip.
cone flower tray the other day.
squirrel appeared to be eating something off of the deck boards. He went all along the underside nibbling lightly. Then he moved to the top but preferred the underside. I wonder if some sap was exuding from the wood?