Thursday, October 21, 2010

Garden Visitor

Well, really this little butterfly is visiting my nira blooms, but I was more than glad to see it the other day. The swallowtail caterpillars still come in droves to eat the parsley, which feels somewhat miraculous to me. They seem to have the knack of eating away only until there's just enough of the plant left to survive. Then for a time there are no caterpillars, and the plant recovers. After a couple weeks, the caterpillars return to a fresh supply of leaves. Brilliant management, if you ask me.

I've also added a few more flowers to the west wall bed, too, which I hope to write about shortly. One of them, a lovely, tall lavender aster-like flower whose name escapes me at the moment was so abuzz with bees at the nursery that I simply had to bring it home. I'll take all the pollinators I can get!


fer said...

Beautiful picture! Wish i had that kind of visitors on my little garden

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

Don't worry! They'll come. Just make sure you have plenty of flowers and herbs to attract them.