Given to the garden by a friend, who may have found it growing on the homestead she moved into within the past decade.
September 15, 2018. Carpet pond. It was surrounded by boundless elderberries, and the shade they provided allowed frogs to breed all summer. We had tadpoles up through October!
October 1, 2018. American bullfrog, Lithobates catesbeianus. I counted, at any given time, an average of 8 frogs sunning on the stones.
…and one in October. Note all butterflies were spotted alighting on anise hyssop (
Agastache foeniculum), which I shall hereafter refer to as the super-nectary.
August 10, 2018. This is a garden standby. Sorry for the focus – difficult to see the blue spot on the bottom part of the wing. Black swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes.
August 12, 2018. American painted lady, Vanessa virginiensis.
August 25, 2018. Giant swallowtail, P. cresphontes. This was the first time I had seen this type in the garden. I thought it was a cross between the black and tiger swallowtails. I’m still not sure, because it appears to lack a horizontal stripe across the forewings. Its larva is known to feed on Japanese honeysuckle, which is rampant on the farm.
September 7, 2018. Monarch, Danaus plexippus. I saw two or three of these at any given time in the garden throughout the summer. Note the light blue chicory flower in the midground. This was also a valuable nectary and edible for humans.
October 3, 2018
Some points for consideration:
Even though I cut these back in mid-July to promote bushier growth, they still grew tall enough to flop over into the path;
The flowers died back in November, but, following the advice of a fellow blogger, I opted to be a
messy gardener and leave them for the birds and other garden companions.
The nine plants of
Sambucus canadensis exceeded my wildest expectations. After two years, they outgrew their space in the garden this summer. My sense is that they can be as vigorous and prolific as bamboo, but more gentle and forgiving. They, along with the passion vine, turned the garden into a jungle.
These were harvested on July 28, 2018. I lacked the organization to make a syrup for winter enjoyment.
The jungle, before culling begins.
This and the following three photos taken on August 24, 2018. The majority of berries have been harvested at this point, though a few branches were still flowering.
Once the shrubs have been sufficiently topped, they must be dug up and transplanted to a more amenable situation.
Resting in the shade awaiting their new home.
Being situated in their new location.
Hopefully they’ll be just as happy at the forest’s edge. The birds certainly will be.
Thermopsis villosa, aka Blue Ridge Buckbean, Carolina lupine, Aaron’s rod, Bush pea, and other names, all for virtually the same charismatic plant.
June 1, 2018.
This plant of the
Hemerocallis genus has naturalized all over the county. Struck by the quotidian beauty of this rugged flower, I spotted it on the side of the road and snapped a photo.
June 6, 2018