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Friday, July 6, 2012

Monarch Butterfly

The picture below is a Monarch Butterfly caterpillar that has grown up in the last couple of weeks.  I am sure it is probably almost ready to enter into the chrysalis stage.  We have a lot of these little guys on our Milkweed plants.  Sure hope they will survive to make the trip to Mexico or the States this fall.

This week has passed by very quickly once again, with a lot of our tasks uncompleted due to the rainfall we had this week.  With the predicted temperatures for the upcoming week it sure will be nice for the plants to have all the moisture that will be available to them.  We have continued with the mulching of the gardens and have started making our weekly trips into Saskatoon with flowers for the florists.
The Delphiniums and Sweet Peas are starting to show their flowers and the lilies should be starting this week.  I do not think the lilies will last long this year as hot temperatures really speeds up their bloom time.  The Peonies are almost finished blooming now and we have a  large number stored in our cooler for the upcoming weeks.
We harvested garlic scapes today and sauteed them up for supper.  Wow they were awesome.  Pat cut a lot for the market this week along with fresh herbs and green onions.  Flower bouquets of Peonies, Delphiniums, Sweet Williams are in the cooler waiting for tomorrows market.  The Peonies and Delphiniums will be available by the stem as well.
A lot of the young birds have left the nest and are flying around the yard.  They seem to be taking care of the mosquito's for us, as I think they should be a lot worse, with all the water standing in our valley.  Have a great week, and enjoy the wonderful temperatures predicted.

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