.......So busy that I have neglected doing blog posts. The weather has cooled a bit, the rain has slowed, the mosquitos are under control, so I have been working outside day after day raking, pulling weeds, trimming and other clean-up chores. I have not been alone in the garden. Every day a lot of fluttering has been going on around me and naturally, I grabbed the camera many times to capture some other busyness......
The swallowtails have been plentiful.
And, signs of more to come.
I apologize to my Facebook friends because they have seen some of these pictures.
During the season when the shadows seem darker and the shade deeper, there are things that seem even brighter and they light up the days.
I couldn't decide which picture I liked the most, this or the above one, so I am using both.
This Black one was so active he was near impossible to photograph but I still got a few usable shots.
The butterflies aren't the only things adding brightness.
I have a very poor crop of Jerusalem Artichokes this year but am thankful to have a few blooming plants.
I was able to get some good soil to add to the two raised beds and I am starting with all new plants this season. Several kinds of herbs and some greens. The small new plants aren't very photogenic but it is exciting to have all these started.
As they mature I will have another "show and tell". I found a local worm farm and purchased some special fertilizer so I am expecting good things to come!
I lost three rosemary plants this summer due to so much rain and then fungus.
The thyme which had grown in this little pair of boots for several years succumbed to fungus also.
I love the daintiness of thyme.
Our fall and winter season is usually the best growing time for a lot of plants. Unless this is the year we get a hard freeze (we haven't had one in four years) I will continue to do garden posts.