This is the first year I have planted wildflowers, so it has been exciting as we have watched these unknown plants grow and finally produce an identifiable flower! A couple of weeks ago, I posted a picture of a flower bud that was forming in the flower bed. I thought that it was a coneflower, but as it turns out, it is not a coneflower. It’s a Mexican Hat! Que es emocionante! Almost in time for Cinco de Mayo! Enter the dancing hats:
I have dozens more hats preparing to bloom in the bed. The cornflowers are still going strong, but the poppies are almost done. Most of them have died, stalk and all by now. The primrose has quieted down as well. I’m really curious as to what the next wave of flowers will be. Right now, there are many very tall plants that have a dozen or so buds on the top of each. The fence around our property is five feet. Some of them have now exceeded that height, which is just astonishing to me. I am 5′ 10″ and I’m almost looking at them eye-to-bud. 🙂
Meanwhile, on the other side of the yard, there are new Black Swallowtail eggs on the fennel. AND, there are at least a handful of little caterpillars! If you weren’t looking for them, you wouldn’t see them. They kind of look like little turds. 🙂 The smallest are about the size of a piece of long-grain rice.