Here’s a plant I definitely want for the garden:

This is purple milkweed, asclepias pupurascens. It’s an endangered species in Massachusetts. I took this pic in the rare plants area at Garden in the Woods. Although endangered, it looks like it’s possible it get purple milkweed commercially, at least as seed. One day, if I have my way, a bunch of these will replace one of my many stands of orange daylilies.

You may remember that a few weeks ago I noticed a black swallowtail in the garden. Well, today we have this:

It’s a baby black swallowtail caterpillar. Hopefully it’ll survive the birds long enough to get to the chrysalis stage.

Look at these lush leaves!

What plant is it that’s made such gorgeous growth?

It’s my pathetic radishes, that’s what.

I’ve had pretty poor success with radishes. These particular ones are supposed to be watermelon radishes, white on the outside and pink on the inside. I’ve had them from my farm share, so I know they grow for somebody. But both last year and this they’ve produced huge lovely tops and tiny woody roots. And they were already starting to go to seed, so I know they weren’t going to get bigger. I wonder why this happens? Anyway, pulled them all out yesterday, which should make room for the expansion of the tomato.

In other news, the pea flowers noted previously have now begun turning into these:

Peas!

My peas are blooming. Pretty flowers :)

Today I saw a black swallowtail butterfly in our garden, hovering over our carrots and parsley. Yay!

Other butterflies seen in our garden this year:

  • cabbage whites (non-native, ubiquitous, and the first butterflies I saw this year)
  • a yellow one I think is a clouded sulphur
  • a red admiral (apparently a banner year for them)
  • a eastern tiger swallowtail just passing overhead

And it looks like monarchs have arrived in Massachusetts, so maybe, if I’m lucky, I’ll see a few of them too.

Garden blog, eh, what?

Yes, so, this is my new garden blog. Welcome. Not sure how or how much I’ll end up using this. Time will tell. In the meantime you can read the lay of the land post or look at a plan of our vegetable garden.

Or ask me questions!

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