pay money for them.
The Persimmon Tree also flowered, and I'd have taken pictures of the fruit and gotten to taste one if not for Hurricane Sandy.
Monarda fistulosa, flowered this year for the first time too. I got this plant years ago free from a Mt. Cuba Center course. I put it in a shady spot so it wouldn't take over but now I'm realizing that might be a mistake. This plant isn't as aggressive as I'd assumed and I'm willing to move it someplace sunnier to see if that changes.
The Native Plums ripened with good force. The only spraying I did to the trees was a fungicide once every 14 days (they recommend once every 10 on the bottle). I'm not sure that I needed to but I know our Peach and Nectarine Trees are in the same genus and I never get any fruit off of them partly because of a fungus that makes crystal-like structures on the skins and then later squirrels get them. The squirrels didn't touch the plums so that's a blessing.
Playing with Trillium seeds is something I look forward to each August. The ants are always fascinating to observe.
Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle, eats the leaves of Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata and occasionally Common Milkweed too, A. syriaca. They're not always on the plant but it's what you need in order to attract them.
Wildlife Gardeners forum. I love it and I'll be hanging it up next year.