Six on Saturday - June 19, 2021
Six things in my garden, half of them pink!
1 - Western Tiger Swallowtail
on Knautia Macedonica Red Knight.
I'll leave it to someone else to joke that it looks like someone "swallowed half its tail." This type of swallowtail lays its eggs in trees, the larvae eating the leaves of cottonwood, birch, ash, alder, aspen, willow, cherry family, and others. So, don't be planting fennel for the Western Tiger! And you need to let them eat the leaves of your trees! (By the way, before they molt into green caterpillars with eye spots, they look like bird droppings! Good camouflage!)
2 - Pow Wow Wild Berry Coneflower
Looking at online photos of this one it's hard to see much different from the common purple coneflower. But, I have both, and boy, is there a difference! The first photo is Pow Wow Wild Berry, the one under it purple coneflower. I grew both kind from seed. They bloom their second year.
3 - American Revolution Daylily
One from when I divided my daylilies in the front yard. Daylilies need division every few years. Yeah, it's a pain, but plants that need dividing (iris does too) benefit greatly.
4 - Draper Blueberries
Just picked this morning! Draper is my favorite, the sweetest, the biggest, and the first to ripen.
5 - May May Daylily
One of the six kinds (two of each in a collection) I bought last year from Smokey's Gardens.
6 - Clearwing Hummingbird Moth
Hummingbird moths, active in daylight, are sometimes mistaken for hummingbirds. I thought this one was an odd type of bee until I enlarged the photo. I've only spotted one before. You can't see its tail here, but its flared, some people say it looks like a lobster tail. This moth is on a Chinese forget-me-not.