Caterpillars

Caterpillars

My front garden is filled with the striped caterpillars of the monarch butterfly. I've seen all different sizes, from shorter than the first joint of my pinkie to almost as long as that finger, and several of my milkweed plants are stripped of all their leaves, so I know the little worms are eating well! Soon we'll have those beautiful pale green cocoons with the gilt dots hanging from the plants of our garden and off of the crevices of our porch, and then... butterflies! I really want to plant a passion flower vine to attract the gulf fritillary butterfly, but the cuttings I've taken from my mother's vine haven't survived so far. I'll just have to keep trying or break down and buy my own plant. As soon as I have a little spare cash I'm going to order seeds for a blue shrimp plant, since shrimp plants are so attractive to humming birds and because I don't care for the usual red variety. I have pentas in my garden, too, but I've been snipping the buds off to encourage the roots to grow, so they aren't attracting any bees or butterflies yet. I can wait!
Oh, the conundrum….

Oh, the conundrum….

Gooseberries

Gooseberries

More roses making an appearance and my first lilies of the year

More roses making an appearance and my first lilies of the year

Garden 2008…

Garden 2008…

The Name that Plant Game!:)

The Name that Plant Game!:)

Ouch! and Plant ID…?

Ouch! and Plant ID…?