I’ve been pretty frustrated with my computer, and with WordPress, and have all but given up on trying to post anything else here because I’ve had such a hard time doing it, but I thought I would try this one more time because I really have enjoyed reading other people’s pictures and posts on Saturday about their gardens, all linked at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/
So here goes.
We had a big rain tonight, and afterwards I ran outside just before dark to take pictures. I figured with all the technical difficulties I’ve been having it would certainly be Saturday before I figured out how to post any of them, and sure enough, it’s 2:10 a.m. Saturday morning already and I’m just now going to try uploading some. (I’ve been working on this since about 9:00 p.m.)
- This little guy is the first gulf fritillary caterpillar I have seen so far this year. He’s crawling on the leaf of a passionflower vine (maybe I’ll get some nice pictures of those flowers another time), which is the preferred food for this caterpillar. That’s why I let the vines take over my entire side yard and driveway every year, and in a good year I will end up hosting hundreds and hundreds of gulf fritillary butterflies. I’m hoping this will be a good year for them.
2. The blueberries are just beginning to become tinged with color – what’s left of them. As predicted, birds of all kinds are eating them as fast as they turn any shade of pink.
3. Elderberries up by the street are hanging low over the sidewalk heavy with clusters of tiny fruits – again, none of which I expect to harvest for my own use. The birds will eat all of these berries immediately. But if we’re lucky they’ll also spread the seeds wherever they fly (and poop), thus helping to build our urban orchard.
4. This is asparagus. It’s really hot here already, in the 90s most days, but this photo of rainy asparagus fronds looks like snow and ice to me, and makes me cool just looking at it! I’d better go grab a sweater!
5. The fennel has flowered and I think it’s one of the more beautiful flowers in the garden. Fennel leaves also feed swallowtail butterfly caterpillars, so I let our patch of perennial fennel grow to take up about half a 4×10′ bed. It’s a beautiful plant and smells terrific just about all year long.
6. This is the one fruit that I DO expect to be eating, in another few weeks. We have two very large fig trees, this one that bears yellow figs, at the front of the garden, and one that bears dark red figs at the back of the garden. Although the birds and the squirrels (and the neighbors) harvest an ample share of the fruit, these trees produce so much fruit that there should be plenty for everyone. I’m looking forward to it.