I was watering early this morning and ran into a few fellow gardeners. Deb Czech showed up with her son and parents to plant their plot. Mom Nancy is a master gardener in Maine who has been involved in the creation of two community gardens. She and husband Frank brought some healthy looking tomatoes for their daughter’s plot.
This week I spotted three different types of butterflies feeding on the lilac bushes. What a delight. The first was a Red Admiral, the next an American Painted Lady and today, a Black Swallowtail.
I’ve read that the mild winter will make this year a great one for seeing butterflies. I can’t wait to get the butterfly garden started at Wesley. In my own garden I planted annuals to attract butterflies including zinnias, cosmos and ageratum. In addition, I will have some larval foods around — parsley and swamp milkweed.
If you have a little space in your garden you might want to do the same. Or, come join us at the Saratoga Springs Community Garden at Wesley!
What a great day in the garden. Had a couple of visitors stop by. First, was a toad. I never had a toad in the garden before and I am happy to see him. I believe they eat slugs.
The other visitor was the third type of butterfly to feed on the lilacs this week and it was a beauty — a Black Swallowtail.
Since reading that this year is going to be a spectacular one for spotting butterflies, I decided that all my annuals should draw butterflies. Today I planted flats of zinnias, cosmos, snapdragons and ageratum.
I’m tired, in need of a shower…but so happy.