Great Morning in the Garden

The garden was hopping this morning. I ran into other gardeners busy tending their plots as well as visitors who came by just to enjoy the new created community garden.

In between speaking to my gardening neighbors, I planted box number 41 with herbs and edible plants and the large center box (#44) near the entrance with beans surrounded by flowers and herbs. In the herb-edible plants garden (pictured above) are planted low-growing sunflowers (24 to 36 inches tall), a rhubarb, marigolds, cilantro, lime basil, marjoram, dill, sage, parsley, and thyme.

In the large middle bed, I planted two rows of bush beans – one purple and one green – and snapdragons, zinnias and parsley.  A lot of parsley was planted because it is a larval food for butterflies and I am hoping to attract as many as possible to our garden. Also, parsley tastes great.

The purple and green beans were shared with me by fellow gardeners Helen and Sid Gordon. Thank you.

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.