Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
All's well that ends well
I started out growing a handful of well adapted herbs for our area: oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil. I soon discovered how tough parsley is, overwintering even through our coldest spells and surviving our hottest summer temperatures. Better yet, parsley, along with fennel, is a magnet host plant for butterflies.
I ought not to have been surprised when I stumbled into my kitchen the morning after harvesting parsley to use on a lamb roast last Sunday, and saw this scattered across the tiles:
Phew! That was a bit of a close call. I'm reminded to be more cautious when bringing garden greens indoors. They often carry visitors hiding in plain sight. I'm relieved I didn't "find" this guy with my knife on the chopping board. Happy trails, little butterfly-to-be!