(...here's XXing fingers blogger is back on form and I can get back up to speed again.)
Over the Memorial Day Holiday we went to Niagara Falls. (We had a great time and I will post pix soon)
When we left it was kinda chilly & wet here in NYC and summer was looking real far off. Needless to say, when we got back it was 84° and super humid. The garden on my weekend terrace had really taken off, the roses were full blown, the tomatoes blooming, & the pumpkin (aka Audrey II) was threatening to strangle a cat or two...
And now, things are getting interesting. 2 new crops appeared. (Yay! pictures work again!!!)
Then 2 or three days ago I say some scary looking black blotches on my big (& not so happy) dill plant, I did not get too close. Now this is what we have:
Swallowtail? Maybe Monarch? The dill is about gone now (Overnight!) so guess who will be feeding them with store bought... thank god for Google, otherwise I probably would have tossed the plant - and the caterpillars- now it's - move it away from the parsley and buy them carrot tops - (If I am wrong, I hope somebody will please inform me here, now, & soon)
I don't think I'd ever be able to observe this closely in the real wild and I am so thrilled to be able to see it now. I was a kid who grew up in suburbia & considered "home" the Winnebago we traveled in 4 months a year. We never got to stop to just watch things, since Dad had the "driving" gene (still does) so we just went. I love having a garden! Unbelievably, I am actually getting into bugs!