We went on a canoeing and camping trip on the Turkey River this weekend near Alpha, Iowa. We had a great time with friends and enjoyed spending time on the water. If I didn’t have to actually leave my house, I would camp all the time.
Just when I think things can’t possibly be any more beautiful, get some perfectly timed rain showers and things get even better. My passion flower vine is really starting to take off and I have several unbelievable blooms.
I came home to a Giant Swallowtail in the yard on Friday. I saw it as I was pulling in the drive way and I’m glad that nobody saw me crawl across my driveway with my camera (yes I did that). It was HUGE and it was the first one I have seen here on our farm. Their host plants are ornamental citrus, torchwood, wild lime, hoptree and other citrus relatives according to Butterflies of North America. I’ve also heard that they will host on Northern Prickly Ash.
These sunflowers are really making my overgrown flower field POP right now.
My original Rouen ducks and the parents of my smaller Rouens. They have quite the personalities and definitely let me know when its time to go to bed in the coop.
And last but not least, I am loving these garlic chives blooms.
What’s going on in your garden right now? Have you seen any unique butterflies?