You know your yard is becoming sincere enough when Nature’s creatures choose to live in it…
Today, after hours of digging and planting young trees in 3-gallon pots in heat and heavy clay, my son and I decided to recuperate on our patio. His sharp eyes spotted these babies resting on denuded parsley plants growing in a stoneware pot on the deck… I normally resent other living things eating my food but these folks are so beautiful and they grow into the lovely Black Swallowtail butterfly. Who could object? The parsley was long past its prime and had produced seed which I planted in fresh earth in the pot. As long as the butterflies leave them alone, I will be happy. It looks as though the caterpillars are preparing to change to butterflies soon. I admire their good taste. Parsley is one of the good things in life and to have it fresh and so close to the kitchen is a treat.
As it turns out, we are near the extreme north/west limit of this butterfly’s range, so this is even more special. I’ve lived here for decades and this is the first time I’ve had such a close encounter. I’ve seen the butterfly a few times but I don’t remember seeing the caterpillars.
While we were digging, we verified that seedlings planted at the edge of the property had survived the winter and a lot of neglect and seemed to be thriving. A few had died in the last year but the survivors seemed to have figured out what it takes to live in my yard. Working together we all can make the world a better place. Life is good.