When I shared pictures of the butterfly garden yesterday, I didn’t realize that other people were also seeing more butterflies in the garden this year. Someone said they heard on the local news that the abundant rainfall this year encouraged more butterflies to hatch, or have more babies or something, but I searched before writing this post and I couldn’t find anything in the news related to the butterflies. But they’re there, all right.
|Female Eastern Tiger Swallow Tail|
|Male or female? My guess, given the blue…female.|
|Best guess — female on left, male on right|
Jeanne Grunert is a certified Virginia Master Gardener and the author of several gardening books. Her garden articles, photographs, and interviews have been featured in The Herb Companion, Virginia Gardener, and Cultivate, the magazine of the National Farm Bureau. She is the founder of The Christian Herbalists group and a popular local lecturer on culinary herbs and herbs for health, raised bed gardening, and horticulture therapy.