You take the good, you take the bad...it's the garden facts of life!
Checkered Silverspot....see the white 'circles' outlined in black ...that's what makes this a Silverspot and not a Pearl Crescent
Butterflies are still noticeably absent from the garden. ... Last year the first swallowtail showed up around July 14. I was incredibly excited to see her flitting about the garden, stopping here and there and finally alighting on the summer phloxes. Go here to see the full story! I can't wait for them to arrive!
Even though the garden is light on butterflies, there is plenty of good in the garden...Little critters that pollinate as they go about their daily life are abundant!
It's so amazing that another universe exists were dramas play out day after day~~
Take this beautiful Pandorus Sphinx Moth. I was so pleased to have him pose prettily until I realized he was dead....I've never seen them before, but it is a handsome moth. It's preferred food is Vitus/grape vines and Parthenocissus/Virginia Creeper. Clay and Limestone has plenty of both vines and surely I can find a caterpillar hiding among the leaves. Sphinx moths are critters that are seen at dusk; that's when they call out/release pheromones to find a mate.
Bless the bees. Don't they make you smile! Just look at the shimmering orange of the Butterfly Weed through the wings. Non gardeners wonder how we can spend hours weeding and working in the heat and buggy mess! Would you want to miss out on what we see when we get up close and personal with the bees and other critters? I didn't think so!
You take the bad, too!
The Sawflies were eating the Kopper King hibiscus leaves, turning them into lace...You're gone for a few days and the bad guys take over! But they are easily dispatched with a gloved hand! ...
Is this a good bug or a bad bug?
Either way, he is certainly interesting looking!
You take the good, you take the bad...it's a fact of gardening life.
Unfortunately injury, is, too.
A tattered beauty
What started out as a slightly uncomfortable feeling in my wrist and thumb has erupted into a more uncomfortable tendonitis that makes typing and gardening tough to do! So, I've come home from a splendid trip and need to rest my wrist!
But, I'll be back!
There are so many things to show you...flowers in the garden
Peachies' Pick stokesia with a friend
The trip to providence, RI!
Jacob Cline through the window at Ledge and Garden
After all, you can't keep a gardenblogger down when
The Susans begin to bloom!
I can't wait to visit with you all again and hear about what you've been doing!