I spotted this little White Cabbage Butterfly, Pieris rapae hanging out on our front screen door.
A white butterfly is said to be a pure soul, or a guardian spirit watching over you.
The two black dots which barely show through the sheer wings indicates it’s a GIRL (males have one dot).
She actually is a pale yellow but is called white. Her green worm babies are a garden pest dining on cabbage, kale, & nasturtium. There is a larger species called the Large White Butterfly that is similar but larger and has striped brown and white worm babies.
Predator insects and birds dine on this insect in all its forms but typically I still have to feed some of the worms to the chickens in order to save my Kale crop! The butterfly is a pollinator so that’s a good thing!
I’m really happy I planted some Yellow Patio Tomato seeds that I got from my Seed Swap group. They are the only tomatoes that have not gotten munched. I always grow Peppers and Eggplants on my 2nd story patio cause they love the heat!
You would think with 2 acres I would find a safe place for veggies —- NOT. I’m finding that growing fruit (Strawberries, Raspberries, Figs, Blueberries) is worth me planting down below — plenty for me and the critters.
First pile of ripe yellow yard peaches - not the prettiest on the outside since they are Organic but yummy on the inside!
Pretty little yellow bees in the garden on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Happy 4th of July in the USA!
This Zambia Daylily makes me think of Fireworks — which will going off aplenty across the street from our house on Forsythia Hill. It’s a 30 year set off of Fireworks that is CRAZY.
I have one Sunflower that FINALLY made it to maturity in my garden. It seems every year something munches it down to the ground!
This possibly is the multi-branching Russian Mammoth. It is WAY COOL!
Hanging out on my screen door in Charlottesville, Virginia was this strange alien like bug. After digging around online I finally discovered it to be a Mayfly, AKA Shadfly.
A fascinating bug that lives around water and only lives in the adult stage for a few hours to days (Nymphs in the water live up to a year).
Mayflies are a symbol of Peace, Good Luck, and Harmony. Males sport 2 penises and females 2 gonopores (oh my)!
Fishing lures have been designed to look like them.
My pretty little dwarf yellow Daylily.
I believe it is called Happy Smile and it makes me smile each year when it arrives!
I picked up this retro bright yellow & black vintage 1960’s Fondue Pot at a yard sale. I’ll be listing it soon in my shop. I like photographing my vintage items in the garden!
My miniature yellow and pink Carnival Rose is showered with quarter size blooms on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
I love Foxgloves. It looks like I’m going to have some lovely pinks and yellows this year. I acquired some seed from a seed swap and you never know until they bloom. This is the first stand to bloom.
They are a biennial so you need to collect seed after they bloom ‘cause they won’t come back (sometimes the dropped seed will come back on its own). I’ll try planting the seed immediately inside and getting the plants out this fall to get a jump on it.
Foxgloves are poisonous.
I love this delicate Cream Bearded Iris with hints of pale yellow and bronze veining.
It was on Forsythia Hill when we moved into the house. A keeper for sure!
It looks nice with the fuzzy silver Lambs Ear in the background.
"Sun Disk" is my favorite Daffodil. It blooms late, has interesting strappy grass like foliage and is teeny weeny but sits 8” up. A darling Daffodil.
I relocated it 4 years ago from my old house and thought that it was not in my garden - I discovered it peeking out between the large Daylilies!
I am so happy to have it!
My little shabby Garden Gate awaiting my entry, on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The yellow Forsythia is midway bloomed out - more COLOR to come!
I collect Daffodil Bulbs and the little miniatures are starting to open a bit more now that it is rained and temps have increased on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia. This teeny ivory and yellow flower with a long ruffled trumpet is so sweet.
It’s a lovely day this April Fools Day which just happens to be 19th my Wedding Anniversary!
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