The fall flower shows and tea are being held at many of the garden clubs this time of year and I attended one hosted by a sister society on the weekend.
I really liked this entry of herbs with the name stakes for identification.
An overview of more entries including the vegetable category. We were given a slip of paper to vote for our favourite and I chose the little Dutch shoe with a miniature arrangement.
I may have traded teacups to sip from this beautiful Paragon. :-) The sandwich plate and sweets were refilled for our table as I confess, gardeners like their tea goodies. Thank you to the Angus Horticultural Society for hosting a nice tea and show. My own society will host theirs on September 19.
I introduced Queen Anne's Lace to the butterfly garden in the front from seeds gathered in the wild a couple of years ago. When out dead heading the butterfly bush I noticed the caterpillar of an eastern black swallowtail on one of the stems.
Back in February when we visited a butterfly conservatory in Florida I purchased a butterfly castle to raise a butterfly myself if possible so brought it in. They have a very low life expectancy rate in this stage of life as they're a tasty meal for many birds.
It has been interesting to see how much food (Queen Anne's lace nest seedheads) this critter can eat, stems and all. The side has a zipper for cleaning out the frass and a plastic side for viewing. Today the caterpillar starting doing something weird and I finally realized it was purging its body in preparation for the chrysalis stage. As I type it is wandering around the mesh looking for the perfect spot to attach. I had thought it might use the branch I included but remembered many were hanging from the top of the castles in Florida.
The adult eastern black swallowtail is fond of the echinacea in the butterfly garden and I look forward to releasing our 'houseguest' once it spreads its own wings.
Happy Gardening, take time for tea.
Linking to Amy's Five on Friday.