I’ve learned that caring for plants involve deadheading: pinching of flowered stems to encourage new growth. In the past, I would’ve only watered and fertilized the plants hoping for the best outcome. Fear of harming and ultimately killing it stopped me from doing anything else.
“A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.” ~ May Sarton
This summer I’ve been more active deadheading my Petunia plant, cutting back on the Lantana plant (even with flowers are blooming on them), pruning regularly, and adding fertilizer (by mixing it with the soil) to plants. I used to sprinkle powder fertilizer on top of the soil and that would turn all white and yucky. After 2 years of that I now mix it in with the existing soil. As my kids would say, “duh!”
It’s progress in my book: I found that something was chomping up my Petunia leaves. Trails of half-eaten leaves and holes in them. Pinching off those leaves led me to a fuzzy green thing enjoying an all-you-can-eat salad bar.
Just last month we finished a butterfly project; those caterpillars were ordered from an online nature store. To find one in the wild was even better. Kids dug out the butterfly habitat from the garage, washed out the red dye (meconium, leftover dye from its wings) from previous butterflies, and finally transferred Green Guy into its new abode. Ellis spruced up its space with leaves, flowers, and sticks.
Here is a picture of our fuzzy friend, named Green Guy.
Next day it was nowhere to be found in the habitat. Even though we inspected everything inside it, the Green Guy was missing. I thought it disintegrated from the outside heat from the black dots on the bottom of the habitat. I didn’t realize those were droppings instead.
I forgot about the caterpillar and walked past the habitat when Elliot noticed a green jelly thing on the white net. He was only hiding! Green guy had not zapped into black dots as assumed.
It’s now back in its personal quarters and feeding voraciously on leaves and getting hydrated from a damp paper towel.
If it goes through the whole life cycle and transforms into a butterfly, that’s going to be a major milestone for us as butterfly keepers.
But that can change anytime depending on uncontrollable factors, so we proceed with cautious expectations. I did a brief photo shoot to capture its features in detail and document growth.
I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures and thank you for stopping by my blog! Happy Thursday and God bless.
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