Color of deep, deep Summer
Day dreams of autumn.
18 August 2017
That was the name of a favorite movie of mine
starring George C. Scott. Well done story about
a group of people with mental illness.
These are my Elephant Ear Caladiums,Giant Colocasia They also
are growing to be giants this year. The plants have been
moved to various spots in my yard on three separate occasions;
they are about 23 years old. The trunk of this particular
plant is about 10 inches around and taller than me. The fence
is six feet tall to give an idea of the scale.
Scattered throughout my yard are vines and plants
suitable for feeding visiting butterflies. In some years
I have nearly no Passion Vine flowers or Milkweed.
This year, I have lots of flowers and seeing butterflies
are more rare. As we do not poison our land I suspect
the culprits responsible are elsewhere in the area.
My Passion Vine, one of nearly 500 plants in the
Passiflora genus, Passiflora Incarnata or commonly
called Maypop, is usually foot for the caterpillars Gulf
Fritillary and Zeba Long wing.. I have seen very few of either
this year. I would gladly sacrifice some blooms for butterflies.
The Zebra Longwing Butterfly.( photo from Internet,I have seen it in both black and white
and yellow and black…it also loves cucumbers, of which I have many.
moves swiftly into
Peas are gone and
I must pick every day…
Every other day
for the table
Eggplants, two kinds,
are coming along nicely
Okra taking on height…
my ordering new soil.
I resist saying
“I told you so.”