Sunday, January 17, 2010

Fennel


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This photo was taken last November, we had a hard frost, I had pulled up all the dead plants, and this little fennel plant started growing, it is such a brilliant green against the dry leaves.   I plant fennel to attract Black Swallowtail butterflies, I had caterpillars two years in a row but did not have any this past summer, keeping my fingers crossed for next summer.

5 comments:

beckie said...

I was so glad to see your post. I planted fennel this year for the butterflies and was given a bronze fennel. Both had caterpillars! Will they come up next year or will I have to replant?

Gail said...

The contrast is beautiful

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Hi Gail and Beckie, fennel re-seeds itself for me sometimes, I'm in zone 4, but I plant new each year to make sure I have plenty, glad you had catapillars, they are so much fun to watch. I hope they return for me this year.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I had several fennel plants across the street, and only saw one caterpillar one time. It either got eaten or turned into a chrysalis where I couldn't find it the next day. I hope to get more this year.

I like your little fennel that could plant. I notice a little henbit, or whatever that is under it. I get those, too.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Hopefully the butterflies will be back.