Black Swallowtail Butterflies are Back!

I’m so excited! The black swallowtail butterflies are back. Two years ago, I had one batch of caterpillars in my herb garden. Last year, I “raised” four batches of caterpillars on the potted dill and parsley around my patio. This year, I finally have my first family. A butterfly is born!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 7/14/14

It was a happy, happy weekend in the garden. We got rain! In two days, my back yard received 3.3 inches of rain. The rain we got last weekend held the garden over until this weekend, so I didn’t have to water anything but my potted plants all week. The only negative is that the rain makes the air even more humid (think steam bath), and the mosquitoes have come out in full force. Good thing I eat lots of garlic; the mosquitoes don’t usually bite me, but they are annoying. I’ve got a few new items in the garden to share today, and I now know what the mystery melon is! Come take a look. This week’s garden photos!

Critters in the Garden 2013

It’s amazing the critters I find in my garden. From mammals to birds to reptiles to insects (both wanted and unwanted), it’s almost like my back yard is a wildlife preserve. Although I have been unable to get pictures of everything in my garden — most notably the squirrels and insect pests – I have taken quite a few, and I’d like to share some of them with you. I’ve posted a few of these pictures on my blog throughout this spring and summer, but not all. Come take a look!