Sep 16: chrysalises galore (and swallowtail caterpillars)
I counted at least six monarch chrysalises in the garden today and about a dozen swallowtail caterpillars on the rue.
Aug 6: flowers and butterflies in the garden
Jul 9: garden status
Jun 27: garden status
It’s that time of year where everything is growing and lush and pretty, and I stop logging it and just enjoy it. Every once in a while I take my camera out when I walk the garden. Here’s some stuff blooming in the end of July.
June 12: garden status
I’m still waiting for the beds to fill in — I delayed a lot of growth by moving everything around over the winter. I hope it didn’t permanently damage stuff, and I hope I have the patience this coming winter to leave everything alone so it can re-establish. Maybe things will fill in more by July and August. We’ll see. That’s one reason for posting these status updates with pictures, so I’ll have a comparison next year.
I took my coffee out and sat in my garden chair this morning; the morning was cool, and the colors inspired me to get my camera out.
June 6: garden status
The garden survived our trip to Iceland, thankfully.
May 23: first caterpillar of the season
I’ve been checking the rue for swallowtail caterpillars, and I saw my first one of 2022 this morning.
I’ve been checking the swamp milkweeds to see if they’d come back. I was getting nervous because they seemed to take longer this year than in previous years. Three of the five have finally re-emerged; I’ll need to replace the other two so the monarch caterpillars don’t run out of food.
The fescue and scabiosa are blooming, and as is the norm these days, I saw a bunny in the bed, nibbling away at the goldenrod.
May 8: garden status
Everything’s a lot greener than it was a month ago. The trees have leaves, and the perennials are starting to fill in.
May 6: new plantings – annuals and herbs
The forecast called for thunderstorms today, but lucky for me, since I took a day off, the rain didn’t come until late in the day. I took the chance to put some annuals in the ground (and some herbs in the raised bed) so they can get watered in naturally.
Apr 17: garden status — blooming trees, salvia, and tulips
The grass is greening, more perennials are starting to push up leaves, and the dogwood, redbud, and first tulips and salvias are blooming.