Archive for the ‘Garden’ Category

Now in Full Bloom

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Clivia, originally uploaded by trekr.

Black Swallowtail

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail, originally uploaded by trekr.

Last one, promise.

Black Swallowtail

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Black Swallowtail, originally uploaded by trekr.

By now, you are probably wondering if I have anything better to do than watch butterflies. Not so much :) Anyway, if you look closely, you can see the chrysalis in the background. The white spot just where the butterfly’s eye should be is actually an empty egg. Look just below the chrysalis and you can see two other eggs.

Black Swallowtail

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Black Swallowtail, originally uploaded by trekr.

 

Black Swallowtail

Friday, July 6th, 2007

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Black Swallowtail, originally uploaded by trekr.

Both in the same photo! There was also an Chyrsalis just off to the side and I couldn’t manage the framing. Maybe tomorrow?

Chiltepin

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Chiltepin, originally uploaded by trekr.

Thomas Jefferson received Chiltepin seeds from Samuel Brown of San Antonio, Texas in 1812. He sowed them in plot XII and the Chiltepin is still grown in the Monticello Vegetable Garden today. Brown wrote Jefferson that the peppers were “essential to my health as salt itself”. Jefferson sent some of the seeds to Bernard McMahon, a Philadelphia nurseryman who marketed the plant as an ornamental which became known as McMahon’s Texas Bird Pepper. The Chiltepin was declared the native pepper of Texas in 1997 by House Concurrent Resolution No. 82, 75th Legislature, Regular Session.

Black Swallowtail

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Black Swallowtail, originally uploaded by trekr.

I was able to get close to this swallowtail as he was drying out from all the rain we’ve had lately.

Candy Lily

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Candy Lily, originally uploaded by trekr.

The texture really comes through in this photo. The background plant is Heavenly Bamboo, Nandina domestica. Click on the picture and check out the original size on Flickr !

Chrysalis

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Chrysalis, originally uploaded by trekr.

 

Chrysalis Black Swallowtail

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Chrysalis Black Swallowtail, originally uploaded by trekr.

 

Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar, originally uploaded by trekr.

 

Caterpillar on Myrtle

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Unknown caterpillar, originally uploaded by trekr.

I have no idea what kind of caterpillar this is. It seemed odd to find it on the smooth bark of a crepe myrtle tree. It resembles a saddleback caterpillar, but if anyone knows what it is please leave a comment.

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

Black Swallowtail, originally uploaded by trekr.

The caterpillars continue to devour the fennel. The orange Y shaped tubes extended from the head are called the osmeterium. These glands emit an unpleasant odor to discourage predators.

Candy Lily

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

Candy Lily, originally uploaded by trekr.

 

Candy Lily

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

Candy Lily, originally uploaded by trekr.

 

Daylily

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Daylily, originally uploaded by trekr.

I couldn’t resist posting another Daylily. For me, they have the same fascination as the Clematis I posted so often earlier this year. A singular bloom of orange in a sea of green grass, and you can’t help but look.

I think this is a Kwonzo, a double flowered variety. Another name mentioned in the Wiki is Ditch Lily. I don’t know who named it that, but she lived next to a beautiful ditch.

Garlic

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Garlic, originally uploaded by trekr.

This year’s garlic crop is in and has been hung to dry. We have some legacy garlic this year from a wonderful family of gardeners that have grown the variety for over thirty years. I’m really looking forward to using it in everything!

Tomatoes

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Tomatoes, originally uploaded by trekr.

With all the rain we’ve been having, a bumper crop of tomatoes is on the way!

Sage and Thyme …

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Herbs, originally uploaded by trekr.

Still looking for Parsley and Rosemary :)

More Cowbell

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Daylily, originally uploaded by trekr.

 

Home Again

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Black Swallowtail, originally uploaded by trekr.

I captured this Black Swallowtail on the Bronze Fennel last Sunday. Not the greatest capture, but it’s hard to get close to a butterfly. That’s why we had butterfly nets as kids:) She was laying her eggs.  Tonight the second generation was chomping down.

Daylily

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Daylily, originally uploaded by trekr.

Quickly becoming my second favorite flower. The previous owner of our home planted these lilies. They’ve bloomed every year since we moved in a decade ago. They are a pleasant surprise each Spring.

Knitbone a.k.a. Comfrey

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

Comfrey, originally uploaded by trekr.

For whatever ails you, Comfey . A scholarly article for the curious.

Canna Tropicana

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

Canna Tropicana, originally uploaded by trekr.

Read all about Canna

A view of the entire plant.

Warp Speed

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

Cardoon, originally uploaded by trekr.

 

Aunt Cardoon

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

Ant on Cardoon, originally uploaded by trekr.

Another resident in the house of Cardoon …

Everybody loves a Cardoon

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

Inch Worm on Cardoon, originally uploaded by trekr.

You’ll have to look closely for the inch worm …

Nature’s Camouflage

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Moth, originally uploaded by trekr.

The top of the wing imitates a caterpillar, misdirecting her predators

Canna “Picasso”

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Canna Picasso, originally uploaded by trekr.

A Canna closeup …

Peaches

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Peaches, originally uploaded by trekr.

It won’t be long now …