Today in the Community Gardens

A Family Affair

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.

Butterflies in Saratoga Springs

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!

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

 

American Painted Lady

Two Red Admiral Butterflies.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail on the lilac bushes.

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.