Butterflies continue to flock to my garden and to leave behind their tiny calling cards in the form of eggs. Everywhere I turn these days, it seems that there is a caterpillar munching away. This week, it was the time of the Black Swallowtails, to my eye one of the more beautiful caterpillars.
Some of my host plants have been completely stripped of leaves. The butterfly weed lost most of its leaves to hungry Monarch caterpillars early on, but it is just about recovered and ready to host more of the beauties now. A heavy crop of Gulf Fritillaries has completely stripped one passionvine. I noticed just yesterday that they had discovered another vine and there were several tiny caterpillars on it. It will not last long but perhaps it will give the other vine a chance to recover.
Elsewhere in the garden this week, we continue to be overrun with squash, but the plants (mercifully!) are beginning to go down. We are almost at the end of this crop and I'm giving thought to what I'm going to plant next in that bed.
We had our first corn for lunch last Sunday, but I found that I was just a little previous. The ears were not quite filled out and were not that tasty. I'm giving it a few more days before I try again. On the other hand, I've never grown 'Country Gentleman' corn before and it is possible that it just isn't particularly tasty. We'll see.
The tomatoes are just about to reach their peak. I canned my first batch this week and there will be more to come.
The beans are coming on and the potatoes are almost ready. Pammy of Thyme Square Gardens gave me an idea about preserving potatoes by freezing them! I had never even considered that but I may just give it a try when mine are dug.
I hope that you are enjoying a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend with your family and friends. Please take time to remember what the holiday really means.