It’s a miracle!!

summary: We have zucchini; butterflies are back!

I was beginning to despair…. But this morning, as I was weeding the Swiss chard behind the garage, look what I found!

Zucchini
It’s a miracle!!

Alas, they aren’t the yellow zucchini we thought they were going to be (unless you turn one of them over).

zucchini

But at least this is an improvement over last year’s attempt at growing zucchini when we got zero yellow zucchini and just two striped zucchini (one of them was so miserable that I threw it into the compost pile – it grew to be about the size of a pencil).

We had zillions of flowers last year – all male. This year, we had zillions of flowers again in a larg(ish) pot on the balcony. There were lots of bees too and male AND female flowers. A couple of weeks ago, we imagined that there would be two yellow zucchini when we saw two tiny zucchini beginning. They were bright yellow, just a couple of centimeters long and the width of a Bic pen.

But no. They never grew any larger or longer; they just shrivelled and fell into the pot. :stomp: :stomp:

Still. The Swiss chard, Scarlet runner beans, Romano beans, Cranberry beans, and various herbs (including dill that self-seeded!) are doing well. Maybe my thumb is losing some of its black colour and turning green!

We are seeing so many butterflies this year! What happy news, because in the past few years, they seemed to be dwindling.

We’ve seen lots of Monarchs. And last week, I got a fleeting glimpse of a lovely black butterfly when I was watering the balcony garden.

But today, as I was weeding the Swiss chard, a beautiful black butterfly fluttered by (why aren’t they called “flutterbys”???) and stopped to admire various plants and weeds that I hadn’t dealt with yet.

Of course I didn’t have the camera. While it didn’t have very prominent yellow spots, it looked quite a lot like this one I found on the Canadian Wildlife Federation website. (I guess it must have been female.)

I kept telling it to go upstairs to our balcony garden where there is LOTS of dill growing. But it just kept fluttering around and then fluttered off toward our neighbours’ spectacular vegetable garden.

butterfly

Scientific Name: Papilio polyxenes

Description:
The blackness of its body and wings is embellished with two rows of yellow spots. The female’s yellow spots, while not as bold as the male’s, are adorned with a more distinctive blue band between the pale bands of yellow. In contrast, the male is garnished with more yellow tones than blue. Both sexes have two prominent orange eyespots on their hind wings close to their tails.
 
– Canadian Wildlife Federation Black Swallowtail

Oh oh. Should I have left those weeds there? Do the butterflies need them?

 

 

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2 responses to “It’s a miracle!!

  1. barbara

    What a beauty that black butterfly is! It might be a good idea to keep some weeds.

    • https://www.hobbyfarms.com/3-weeds-help-pollinators-including-bees-butterflies/
    • http://ofnc.ca/programs/fletcher-wildlife-garden/make-your-own-wildlife-garden/gardening-for-butterflies

    Those zucchini look great too, aside from the fact that they’re zucchini.

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    1. ejm Post author

      I’m relieved that the weeds I removed yesterday don’t seem to be ones that are listed on either of those sites. AND today when I was admiring my weeding job, another black swallowtail fluttered by! Yay.

      (No more zucchini though.)

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