Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I LOVE asparagus, but have never grown it before. I knew it took several years to establish a bed and I never anticipated we would stay long enough in any one place to make it worth the wait (but then we ended up staying in the last two homes 10 and 12 years.) Asparagus was the very first thing I planted when we moved to the farm, but then we got cows and it turned out I had planted it in the pasture --so I had to start over. Finally, at age 54, I have asparagus!!
I have just joined Harvest Monday and will attempt to report on our weekly harvest. Check out what other gardeners harvested today at Daphne's Dandelions.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Wikipedia Photo). It is true, last year was a remarkable year around here for both tiger and black swallowtail butterflies.
Wikipedia Photo). I don't know how I could have missed such characters in the yard last summer, but I will definitely be looking for them this year.
In the meanwhile, I am tempted to clip off a twig with a chrysalis and bring it inside so I don't miss the butterfly emerging, but I don't want to mess with its timing if bringing it inside the warm house would cause it to emerge too soon. So, I will just be checking the rolled up leaves every day.
I think this variety of magnolia is named "Yellow Butterflies" because it looks like a cloud of butterflies when it is blooming, but how appropriate that it hosts Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars, too!