Friday, June 24, 2011

Three Things I Learned This Week

Three things I learned this week, in the garden...

1) Hummingbirds love this pink honeysuckle vine. (I don't remember seeing any on it last year?)

2) Scalding weeds is easier than pulling them. I kept refilling the tea kettle and as it came to a boil, just dumped it on them!

3) It's easy to grow butterflies in a bucket!  These are Black Swallowtail caterpillars that I found on my black anise and dill.  We give them fresh greens everyday.  They just eat and grow!

Then they crawl up the side of the little bucket and make their chrysalis.  If they attach to a green stem (or a green dot on a bucket...ha) the chrysalis will be green.

If they attach to something dark, like this brown plastic honey bee queen excluder that I used for a lid, their chrysalis will then be brown.  Cool camouflage, huh?  :)

Linking up with the Barn Hop #18 over at Homestead Revival.  Go check 'em out!


  1. That is so cool about the chrysalis colors. I didn't know about scalding weeds either. Thanks for the fun, cool facts.

  2. The chrysalis color changing is hands down the coolest things I've learned this summer. Thank you for sharing!!!

  3. Fun, fun, fun stuff! Thanks for sharing!