Nodding Thistles on the Texas Blackland Prairie
I love Nodding Thistles. They play a big role for all the insects in the Texas Blackland Prairie. I like how they look before they begin to blossom.
A couple of days ago, I found a Black Swallowtail caterpillar on the fennel in one of our garden raised beds. Since Mr. Cardinal is very busy picking the Cabbage White caterpillars for his offspring from the leftover broccoli plants, I didn’t want to risk it, him taking the Black Swallowtail as well. For this particular reason I planted more fennel in the greenhouse, last month. I relocated the caterpillar to the indoor plant. And now, it’s happily munching the fennel tops away. It doubled in size, already. The girls can’t wait to release the first butterfly for this season.
Last year, I planted Bee Balm for the Hummingbirds/Butterflies in the front yard. Back then, I had two plants. When they were done blooming, they died out. I removed what was left over. This Spring, I’ve noticed lots of little seedlings in the flowerbed. Later, we found out, that the Bee Balm reseeded for future blooming. Today, the first blossoms appeared for this season.
Today, we had a few storms blowing through North Texas. But it cleared up enough to see the Full Flower Moon, this evening. Tonight’s Full Moon is also referred as a “Blue Moon”. Usually there are three Full Moons in every season. This Spring, we experience four Full Moons. Therefore the third Full Moon is also called a “Blue Moon”. The fourth Full Moon will be on June 17, which is four days before the Summer Solstice.