A monarch butterfly has been visiting my garden many days. Of course, I don’t know if there are different monarchs or it is the same one. I only see one at a time.
I was harvesting in my garden when a monarch landed on the clematis vine right by me and stayed there for a while. Later the monarch landed on the joe pye weed, though I did not get a good picture.
Earlier this week I saw a black swallowtail caterpillar on the parsley plant – which is a host plant for them. Once I saw the photo on the computer it looks like there is possibly a smaller caterpillar behind it – the little black thing near it.
This morning the clearwing moth – hummingbird moth – was sunning itself on the pole bean leaves.
I pick beans every afternoon. Here are pole beans. The one in front is obvious, but I have to push back the leaves and look around for all the beans hiding in the vine.
Between pole beans and yellow wax beans I pretty much filled an ice cream bucket. I also found about a dozen strawberries today. Besides that I am harvesting zucchini and cucumbers.
On Friday I harvested the basil and made some pesto, which we ate on crackers or bread. I still have some left and might throw it in my salads this week.
Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Venus’ – false sunflower. This came in the mail this spring. I think I planted it a little early in the unmowed meadow, and I thought it had died. But then it came back and is looking very pretty.
We had company this weekend, so it was fun to share the garden. Black-eyed susans in the background.
A closer shot of the black-eyed susans and in the background Miscanthus ‘morning light.’ The Russian sage is also plentiful in the yard now.
The aphids have arrived on the butterfly weed. That means I need to keep my eyes open for lady bugs, or something else that feed on these guys.
One morning this week I watched this mourning dove sit with its wings in the air for a while, presumably drying them out. Sedum in the background.
Update on last weeks flies: Remember the pictures of the clusters of flies on the asparagus plant last week? It turns out that all those flies and many others died. I found dead flies on leaves here and there around the garden. I am not sure what caused it. I know that my neighbor uses quite a bit of herbicides near the mulberry tree, so that may have been a problem. I hate to think of that poison moving through the food chain in the soil. There might be some other explanation, too.
On a cheerier note, we visited the Lurie gardens at Millennium Park.
Rattlesnake-master and coneflowers at the Lurie Gardens.