This morning's garden progress check brought about some pleasant surprises. First, our parsley is being used for a host plant for either Anise Swallowtail or Black Swallowtail caterpillars. You can click on the butterfly names to learn more information about each type. We have seen both kinds of butterflies in the garden so until they emerge from their chrysalis' we won't know for sure which species has decided to use our garden as a nursery. Both kinds are attracted to butterfly bush and milkweed (we have both planted) and both kinds use parsley as a host plant. Host plants are the plants that serve as food when the eggs hatch.
|How many caterpillars can you find?|
|I love the colors and patterns on this little guy.|
Another interesting find this morning was a pair of mating praying mantis. After they are done mating, the female will bite the head off the male. It will be interesting to see if we have more mantis in the garden next year or if the offspring will seek shelter elsewhere. Either way, I'm thrilled that we have created a little oasis where the children can view some of these cools aspects of a garden.
Our winter greens are continuing to do well. The cool nights have provided the perfect climate for the greens to flourish. It won't be long now before we can taste the first sweet greens!
The garden is still vibrant with color. The petunias have begun to bloom again and the fall asters have started to open up. The butterfly bush still has some purple blossoms and some of the shasta daisies are holding on. If you have the chance, stop by and check out how much life is still left in the garden!