Fog fruit, also known as frog fruit, is spreading and blooming in my flower bed. I planted the first plant 4 years ago. This is a host plant for Phaon Cresent butterflies.
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Several caterpillars appeared on my parsley plants. I noticed that the parsley was almost gone, so I made a trip to the grocery store to buy some organic parsley. I brought the remaining caterpillars inside my house and placed them in the container with parsley. I continued to add parsley until they morphed into chrysalis. Once they were both in the chrysalis stage, I took the container out on my back porch where it was protected, but they were back amongst my herbs where they started. They each took 9 days to complete this stage. They emerged 2 days apart! Happily I was able to enjoy seeing each of them before they took flight into the world!
I watched this black swallowtail caterpillar feasting on fennel for a few days. My herbs are on my back porch. Yesterday it attached itself to the fennel plant and it took all day and didn’t complete its transformation into a chrysalis until after dark! On this relatively cool June morning in North Texas, it is now a beautiful chrysalis! It is just so amazing and fascinating to watch this process!
Spring has really shown up! Some tulips I planted in pots were very beautiful for a few days. My roses are putting on a spectacular show. The yellow coral honeysuckle has also bloomed! I spied the first caterpillar of the spring on some fennel a few days ago. Our newest addition to our yard is our double composting bins. We are having fun adding coffee grounds, egg shells and fruit and vegetable peels to the bins along with our fall leaves and spring trimmings!
Several of my herbs have over-wintered on our back porch protected by old sheets on the nights we had freezes! I’m also lucky that our porch only has southern and eastern exposure! I can’t wait to start planting new seeds and plants for the spring! I’m also looking forward to the butterflies returning! Here are some pictures from today! I included a bunny that was visiting and our sweet beagle who is almost 14 years old. I hope you will be seeing signs of spring also, if you are tired of winter!
I discovered these monarch caterpillars eating their lunch on a tropical milkweed on a lovely October afternoon.