It's been a quiet day here on my corner of Katy, all of which will change tomorrow when my daughter's best friend and her 2 year old descend upon us for 10 days. I suspect by the time they leave, I'll feel like I've been through a hurricane! So this morning I took advantage of the peace and quiet, as well as the much longed for cooler temperatures and rainy weather, to sit in solitary splendor on my kitchen patio, sipping my coffee and gazing at the garden. A lone hummingbird nectared at the Montrose Purple Vitex ... I first spotted him a couple of days ago and it seems that he's going to linger. I imagine he doesn't want to travel any farther south until the weather improves a bit. A neon red dragonfly hovered over the pond and then darted off, perhaps to shelter from the light drizzle. I caught a glimpse of something hot pink over at the pond and went to investigate further. My water lily had opened its first bloom, which was an occasion worthy of a picture. I'm fairly certain this is Perry's Red but (as usual) don't make me swear to that! I love the raindrops on the petals.
The pond is scheduled to undergo a major renovation the first week of August and I'm looking forward to seeing what my pond guy and I are able to achieve together. The current pond is a 90 gallon preformed/rigid model and no matter how I arrange the moss rocks around the edges, I haven't been able to disguise the edge of the liner. Thanks to our clay soil, that liner has heaved over the years and is anything but level. Those things, along with the increasing size of the trees on the south side of the pond, have made me less and less satisfied with the way it looks. With my pond guy and his crew doing the heavy work, we plan to enlarge the pond and install a flexible liner. A small waterfall and bog filter are planned as well. I'll do my best to document the process.
The Polynesian Delight daylily had two blooms open today. Look at the difference in color between today's picture and the one I posted a few days ago. This is one of the reasons I love gardening: the only thing that's constant is change!
Last week I found black swallowtail butterfly caterpillars on a rapidly declining parsley plant in the courtyard. How it survived this long, when it's a cool season plant for us, I have no clue. Isn't it great that it did, though? Here's one of the three larvae on the poor pitiful parsley (Pearlsley for those who remember that doll).
While one is still MIA, I found the third caterpillar hanging from a crocosmia scape. In the course of an hour, he went from caterpillar to chrysalis:When I checked earlier this evening, I found that the chrysalis is changing color, so the butterfly's wings are starting to show through.The picture below is of the first blooms ever on my Crinum rattrayi, a plant given to me by my late friend Amy. I took this picture when the blooms opened yesterday and I so wish I could call Amy to share the news and to celebrate the rainy day.