8-28-09 waning summer brain
You know its August when: you get excited about unexpected visitors in your garden!
This last Sunday was such a beautiful day, mild with refreshing breeze. I decided I wanted to spend some time outdoors early evening, so I started to give some attention to the front flower garden, pulling a few weeds.
To my surprise, I came across TWO Monarch butterfly "caterpillars".... I knew what they looked like from my experience last August. I had one attach to the back house siding, making a crystal-cocoon and become a butterfly!
Pictures from last year:
Also this last weekend I spotted my first hummingbird. My feeder has been out since spring, and maybe I've had hummingbirds before, but I never seem to spot them until late August. I believe I get the hummingbirds who are migrating south this time of year.
Another surprise I had last year was my favorite so far. A wonderful Praying Mantis.
Our Des Moines yard and gardens are small, so I find it amazing that they attract so many wonderful visitors!