They Might Be Giants

 

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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.

 

Butterflies

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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.