The Dogwood and Azaleas were in full bloom. This is in our front-yard; I know our house looks like it's in the middle of a jungle :-P. It's because I like doing wild gardening. I don't like the landscape-type gardening.
Bees and winged creatures love azaleas and dogwood flowers. So many bumble and other native bees buzzing around them. It's a bumblebee moth in the 2nd picture
This is one of the most favorite plants of permaculturalists -- Russian Compfrey. The root of this plant can go down as deep as ten or fifteen feet or more. So, it brings up all the rich minerals, from such depth to the surface of the soil. As the surface roots of this plant decompose, all those minerals become available to the soil. The minerals are also available in the leaves of this plant. The leaves are quite huge as you can see in the picture. You chop of the leaves and spread around the base of other plants as fertilizer. You can also make liquid fertilizer by soaking the leaves in water for about three weeks. And, you can take as much leaves from the plant as you want because the plant is a vigorous grower. Bees love the flowers of the plant. Compfrey leaves are also good for muscles/bones/tendons. Herbalists use all parts of this plant for all sorts of ailments. Apparently the leaves are edible though I never tried. But be careful while buying comfrey. There are two types -- Russian and non-Russian. The Russian ones will never become weed. It's just a large plant of size two by two feet. However, the non-Russians comfrey can become weed as they will occupy your garden by sending suckers and underground rhizomes through everywhere.
Update on the Bluejay -- they now have babies. I don't know how many but seems like four or five. One of the jays always sits in the nest and cover the babies up with its body. But in the afternoon it flies away, not for long though, to look for food and water, I guess. I saw both the parents feeding the babies but more food is always brought by the jay that does not live in the nest. They now know me as I have tamed them by giving peanuts. Do you know Bluejays hide most of their food (much like what squirrels do) in various locations? So, they always have a supply of cache of food!! Whenever I provide them with food (various types of nuts), they take those and fly away to the very tops of nearby trees. They also feed on insects. They perch on top of electric cables and then swoop down on ground to catch insects and flies. It's very interesting to observe all their antics. I am also finding that Bluejays are ferocious protectors of their nests. They attack all the big creatures that come anywhere within 30 feet of their nests. I have seen them attacking squirrels and American Robins. And they attack quite viciously -- sweeping down and pecking with their strong beaks. Note the garden tie that's part of their nest. I use these in our garden, and scatter around the unusable ones in the garden. I have noticed that all sorts of birds use all sorts of materials -- sticks, hay, dried and fresh leaves, small plastic wrappers, garden-ties, strings, pet-furs, etc, etc -- to make their nests. So, by scattering some of these around your garden, you will be helping these birds make nests.
Now some random blooms from around the garden -- Star of Bethlehem, Columbine and Flowering-Fern