By the beginning of August wild vines and volunteers are thriving, unlike the flowers planted, that were faithfully watered and tended to.
I chalked up my Potting Shed door with a little garden truth and proverb: “More in a garden grows than the gardener sows”. It certainly applies to the morning glory sprouting up and growing with abandon.
I “planted” a bottle tree on a persistent patch of morning glory that sprung up in June, giving it a place to climb. . .
By the end of July the bottle tree stake was completely covered in morning glory, with the most of the bottles barely visible.
Another morning glory vine sprung up by the birdhouse. . .
I staked it and tied it with garden twine to climb the post.
I have to keep it in check so it doesn’t interfere with mama bird’s access!
My Squirrel Buster Plus bird feeder works like a charm preventing the squirrels from eating their weight in sunflower seed. It was however raided by a raccoon that freed it from its hook and tossed it to the ground, spilling the seed. We wired the feeder to the hook it hangs from to keep those masked bandits from the seed.
Sunflowers planted by the raccoon sprouted and I decided to let them grow, assuming a squirrel would quickly chew them up, which is what normally happens with any spilled seed that sprouts from other feeders.
What a surprise to find they flourished and thrived from spilled seed! I’m going to have to follow the raccoon’s example and plant some sunflowers next year. ;)
The bees say thank you!
I was disappointed when the Sunny ‘Hello Yellow’ milkweed I planted last year didn’t return this spring.
The mother plant left seeds behind last fall, so I have milkweed popping up everywhere with fingers crossed that the Monarchs will stop back by.
I captured this 3rd or 4th generation monarch stopping by to fuel up last October, preparing for its winter migration to Mexico.
Purple Passion Flower vine pushes its way up between porch boards of the Potting Shed.
Passiflora incarnata, commonly known as maypop, purple passionflower, wild apricot, and wild passion vine, is a vigorous grower and common wildflower in the southern United States.
Each bloom lasts a day and the blooms are irresistible to bees.
Passionflower vine is the larval host plant for the Gulf fritillary, also called the passion butterfly.
The larva feeds exclusively on species of passionflower. You can read more about Gulf fritillary butterflies and see the caterpillars and chrysalis, here.
How’s your garden growing?