Tomorrow is June First. It's been in the eighties and nineties here for weeks. No bees. Has anyone else noticed so few bees or butterflies? Am I living in a no-fly zone?
I am concerned. I know things have been blooming early, after the mildest winter in memory, but my flowers - including three large butterfly bushes are covered in colorful spikes of blossoms and yet I have seen not one butterfly. Actually, I did see a small white sulfur (commonly known as a cabbage butterfly) today - but it was dead, just lying on the soil in my garden.
|From last summer -Yellow Sulfur Butterfly on Russian Sage|
|This year's lilacs - saw only small insects, no honeybees.|
|Passion Flower - grows wild as a rather stringy survivor with a small bloom or two, but I've managed a huge mass of vines and flowers with just a bit of encouragement. It seems to love the climbing rose that shelters it and vice-verso.|
A couple of years ago, I asked one of my sisters to send me milkweed pods so that I might try to sustain a patch here. So far, the plants haven't attained much size or flowered, and it may be too hot for it here, but I'll keep trying. I know Monarch caterpillars love dill - so I'll grow that, too. Tulip Poplar is important for Tiger Swallowtails who also love Purple Loosestrife and Ironweed. All butterflies seem to love the bright orange Butterfly Weed that grows along roads. I noticed that the highway department actually skips mowing these endangered wild flowers. How cool - and unusual is that?
|Russian sage - I'm hopeful this year's blooms will have visitors from the air.|
|And for comic relief - Elvis in his box...|