There were two of them at first, but now just one. Did a bird eat his brother? Or maybe the brother dropped into the oregano below the dill and I just can't spot him.
I'm loving dill in the garden. I will have it always from now on. I have two more seedlings to plant out in a week or two. It grows very vigorously; I had no idea...
Also vigorous, the Rudbeckia triloba I planted where my compost bin used to be. It's over 6' tall now. The seed packet said 3' tall. At some point it will hit the tree fern fronds, and then what? It hasn't even begun to develop the width I was expecting. I'm afraid of this plant.
For someone who
I'm only growing this red + yellow Gaillardia because Charlotte Torgovitsky told me it would bloom in winter, and I thought it would be okay to have red and yellow in winter if it meant that butterflies would have some food to eat. Why is it blooming now? This isn't winter.
Love the red Keckiella. Anyone who can grow this plant, should.
And the yellow sunflower.
But that is NOT the sunflower seed I bought. I only bought 'Claret' and 'Italian White'. You just can't trust seed companies.
Here is a new garden companion. I just met him today.
Laura Schaub said, "Looks like it could be a type of budworm; they take on the color of what they eat, so can be tricky to ID http://bit.ly/pu81L". We shall see.
According to the Wikipedia entry, "[Heliothis virescens] larvae feed on various crops, most notably Nicotiana species. The tobacco budworm is one of the most destructive pests of the tobacco. Eggs are laid on the tobacco leaves. The emerging larvae are light to dark green and have several longitudinal pale stripes. They may chew small holes in the leaves before they reach the buds. Larvae then damage the bud or growing tip of the plant. The leaves that expand from the buds are often ragged and distorted."
I don't have any Nicotiana, and the bud above belongs to tarweed (Madia elegans), but I have a lot of damage right now of the bolded type.
I've been so tolerant. Should I be less tolerant? How much less tolerant should I be? These are questions I have not grappled with. I'm a live and let live kind of guy. Is the caterpillar playing by the same rules?
The garden is a live and let live kind of place.
If I start running around with my pruners snipping caterpillars in half, won't that change things?
I have dahlias. Random ones
A named one whose name I've forgotten.
And there is 'Moonlight', the one rose Frances and her daughter would grow if they could grow only one rose.
It turns out to be the strongest, most vigorous rose in my garden with much repeat blooming. The fragrance is like fresh apples. If I love it this much now, imagine how much I will love it as it matures in the garden.
Here is a place of unhappiness. You can click the picture to get to the Flickr page to see why. Scroll over the picture and read the note associated with the large box.
Any suggestions? I'm thinking maybe a rock, or some art.