The end of summer means preparing for cooler weather, but there is still a lot of life in the gardens and around the yard. Monarch butterflies have been flitting around the milkweed, bees are buzzing around the butterfly bushes, and a few frogs are still croaking.
I canned a lot this week--tomato, pepper and corn salsa along with pickled peppers and cucumbers.
My butterfly garden has grown well all summer and I expect it to be twice as lush next year.
Below: swallowtail butterflies emerged this week. Here they make their way up the netting to dry their wings.
This one had a very hard time, but eventually his wings unfolded.
A butterfly crawled around on Tosh a while before being released outside.
Here is one of the other butterflies after being released, getting its bearings in the garden.
A Monarch caterpillar has eaten about all it can of the milkweed growing in the whiskey barrel.
Here it is after forming the chrysalis.
A bee enjoys a Buddleia Honeycomb Butterfly Bush
Marvin, our aquarium algae-eater. He also likes zucchini.
A water hyacinth in my small pond. Theses floating plants multiply rapidly and make good cover for frogs and fish.
Below: what appear to be two sulphur moths
I plan to grow a variety of vegetables in my greenhouse this fall. Already the tomato seeds have sprouted. These will be transplanted into larger pots.