Saturday, September 24, 2011
Sad, sad, sad. The park has lost a number of the big pine trees due to the drought. And now, it looks like some of the wonderful, very old, oaks are giving up the ghost. The park staff have been watering the trees all summer but Mother Nature can't be replaced with a garden hose for things of this size. Our big trees by the garden gazebo still look ok, thankfully.
The garden is looking very healthy, given the weird summer. We have a lot of very large Butterfly Weed plants, but have seen no caterpillars. Usually we are having to buy new Butterfly weed throughout the summer just to replace what the caterpillars eat. Not so this year. Many are shoulder height as you can see here. We did see one Monarch while working on the roses, however, so that is a good sign.