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.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Giving April her due

Time for a slightly different approach.
I find this passalong Pavonia consistently charming.
I don't have much to say today.
Didn't see the butterfly that laid the egg for this guy.  Fortunately my observation was not key to the process.
I did want to share a few recent images from the garden.
Cedar waxwings stuck around to fill up on loquats before heading north.
Intermittent rains both watered and kept the heat at bay through the end of April.

Plants and pollinators alike are happy about that.
Pollinators of every stripe have been happy to share the loquat bounty.
So am I.
Question Mark Butterfly, (Polygonia interrogationis) is a fan of the fermenting loquat fruit. 
My oak pollen "problem" is over for another year, though other trees continue their courtship dances in and on the wind.
I am able to enjoy my gardens from the other side of the windows again.
Here's to time spent outside with no more than the usual set of possible consequences.
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) visits Lantana.
Fare thee well, April, here's looking forward to May!