This morning, the rain was very welcome. The garden needed it. And it felt good, having a break from the low to mid 90s (32º-35ºC) weather. During the rain, the temperatures reached only the upper mid to upper 60s (18º-20ºC). Now, we get a little bit of sunshine. It feels more muggy in the mid 70s (24º-25ºC).
For several weeks, a few Cabbage White butterflies show up in my garden. And I know, exactly what their plan is from day one. I have cabbages, cauliflower and kohlrabi growing in my raised beds. This vegetables are the perfect nursery for Cabbage White caterpillars. Once the female laid her eggs, it is only a matter of days until these little boogers hatch and eat their way through my cabbage garden. I have to pick countless amounts of caterpillars off my cabbage leaves almost every day.
But I also get some help from Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal. Every afternoon, I see them picking caterpillars to feed their offspring. It’s great, having natural helpers in our garden. The downside: When Mr. Cardinal finds some juicy Black Swallowtail caterpillars in my parsley and dill, they end up between his beak and later in the baby cardinal tummies as well. UGH! I guess, we have to take the good with the bad.
At this time of the year, when it is nice and warm, lots of little insects love to hang out in my garden. This is a good time for this little jumping spider, to catch itself a meal. While it was climbing up my butterfly weed, I could get a hold of it in front of my lens. I always love, when a jumping spider “poses” for me. So did this one a few years back. ❤
I’m not a big fan of spiders. But I also know, they are very beneficial for our garden environment. Therefore they begin to fascinate me more and more. Katelynn and Sara usually give these garden friends a name, when they stick around longer than a few days.
My garden work seems to pay off. Today, I’ve noticed three ‘maters on our plants. Soon, we will have fresh ripe fruits from the garden in our backyard. I see tomato sandwiches in the future.
For the last couple of days, I waited that my geranium begins to bloom. This afternoon, I checked on the potted soil in our greenhouse. And lookie there! The geranium is in bloom. Aren’t the blossom beautiful? I love these pinkish colored flowers. Since this plant smells like citronella, it is a great mosquito repellent. I catch myself very often, rubbing my fingers on its leaves. Several years ago, I had a geranium. But I must have over-watered it. And unfortunately it didn’t survive. This season I gave it another shot. And it seems like, I’m getting rewarded for being a little bit more patient with it. ❤