Friday, March 18, 2011

In the garden and wanderer butterfly caterpillars

A few more garden photos, I have been busy doing non interesting things today so these photos I took a day or so ago will fill the gap and make me feel that I do have a garden out there.
the weather has become very autumn like, usually in March we have very hot weather but not so far this year. I will be glad when daylight saving is over as it is pitch black at 6.30 am these days.
My datura has had a bit of a hard time lately, but is flowering beautifully and the perfume in the evening is superb.
I threw out a handful of pumpkin seeds a few months ago and the vine is spreading out into the paddock and this is one of a number of huge pumpkins that are growing, I hope there are enough to keep me going with pumpkin soup through the winter. I thought they were Japanese pumpkins but this looks more like a Queensland blue so maybe I kept a mix of seeds. John wasnt going to grow any this year, but I love pumpkin soup and roast pumpkin.
T he flowers on the non edible red passionfruit aor passionflower perhaps I should call it are out at the moment, for something that looks so tropical it is amazing how well it grows here and in a lot of cases spreads too far and wide. It is the bane of Johns life as it grows into the trees and somehow he has to cut it back.
Finally, the other day when we were walking at Kings Beach I took a photo of all the wanderer butterfly caterpillars on this cotton bush, now did I put this up before? Well if I did it is worth looking at again as their colours are magnificent, worthy of the butterfly they will become.
I remember going to the silk museum in Japan and being amazed at the different coloured silk caterpillars there were, some were striped rather like these. I had only ever seen the white ones we had as children (well and as an adult when I grew them on mulberry leaves).
Poor Japan, one feels so helpless in the face of all that suffering.
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Gaby Bee said...

I just wanted to tell you that I have enjoyed visiting your blog today. I have loved every minute of the time spent looking through all your pictures.
Love the smell of daturas also:)
Thanks for your kind visit, Penny!
Have a wonderful upcoming weekend!
Gaby xo

Hildred and Charles said...

I feast on your beautiful flowers, Penny and thank you for reminding me that summer is coming.... I enlarged your silk worm pictures and gazed, fascinated, thinking about the gorgeous silk thread we reel from their cocoons. I have a warm on my loom right now and and will be making silk cloth from strips of old silk blouses once it warms up enough that I can use my travel trailer loom room.

Hildred and Charles said...

p.s. that would be a 'warp that I have on my loom......