... to this.
And in just about a month, it looked like the little plants had taken hold and were going to thrive.
And did they ever. Unfortunately, I never took a photo of the entire garden when it was at its strongest growth, but all the flowers that it produced were beautiful, and attracted a variety of wildlife. I was specifically looking to attract monarch and swallowtail butterflies, and I was very successful at that. Next year, I hope to attract (or see if they came by already) hummingbirds as well. There is something very satisfying about being able to walk out your back door and sit among the angiosperms watching the endopterygotes go about their business. As we head through fall and into winter, I look forward to spring, and the joys that the garden will bring me in the coming seasons. It was a place that made me happy, and I'm happy to share it with you all.
|A monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) feeding on blue vervain (Verbana hasta).|
|An Eastern tiger swallowtail feeding (Papilio glaucus) on Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium fistulosum).|