Summer without butterflies
I'm sorry to visit the forum and be Debbie downer, but I think I need some emotional support here! This summer has been such a washout. I saw one black swallowtail and two monarchs, apparently just passing through, but other than that there is nothing doing here.
Last summer I didn't do much in terms of planting, just a baby fennel and a couple of parsley, and I managed to raise eight or nine black swallowtails. I also found a few monarch eggs at the park and raised them. This year I did so much more! I started a butterfly garden last fall. I started a bunch of things over the winter, but since they were still small I also planted some nice annuals such as Zinnia and Tithonia. I put in dill and twice as much parsley as last year. And I'm not seeing a thing.
I saw one blue butterfly, but no sulfurs. There was one tiger swallowtail a week or so ago, but no more black swallowtails. Usually those two species are the mainstays here. If it weren't for the silver spotted skippers and the cabbage whites there would be no activity here at all.
I don't think it's just me. My neighbor put in a butterfly bush and says that she has not seen a single butterfly on it. I haven't been able to get out and about this summer to check out the local parks. I tore a knee cartilage in March and had surgery last Friday, so I'm not doing a whole lot of walking yet. I'm not even allowed to drive until this heals up a bit. It would have been so nice to have some babies to raise while I'm laid up!
The only good thing to come out of all this is that I have been able to gain some traction on the crabgrass and garlic mustard. My Gardening Commandment number one-never let a weed go to seed! (If you can help it.)