Wednesday, June 24, 2009

three little surprises

we went to a local garden center yesterday to visit. - they have a petting farm there and some play structures to climb on, -. When we left we walked in the greenhouses and i purchased a dill plant, I love dill and its hard to find some years, and these where nice sized and healthy. So we purchased one to take home an add to our garden.




upon getting the plant into the car the kids discovered three hitchhikers. Three swallowtail caterpillars, they are very pretty, I had never seen them before up close.So very cool to watch them. We came home and planted our dill plant in with our tomatoes and we shall see how the visitors do.




if nothing eats them this is what they will be , very exciting, and unexpected . I just wanted some fresh dill, and got a very special surprise. The kids are very excited and watching them very closely and also watching Lydia who loves bugs, and caterpillars alot. They have been named Snap,Crackle and Pop,btw. Cannot tell you who is who they all look the same to me.

10 comments:

Lisa said...

You could put a tomato cage over the plant, then some cheese cloth to keep the birds from getting the little darlings. Then you can watch the whole cycle! Such treasures. Last year I was buying parsley plants with swallowtails caters. on them, the clerk thought I was crazy!

Good luck!
Lisa :)

Beverly said...

so cool. I hope nothing will get at them.

dongdong said...

oh, how cool! I use to keep silk worms in China. Wonder if I can somehow find some here in the US?

Cadance! said...

Oh I ♥ dill! what a fun surprise!

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Madeline said...

Cool surprises! Love the names!!

Blessings each day said...

I love dill too and have plenty in our garden...when it goes to seed, you can save the seed for next year, but I also always have 'free' dill that comes up from where the seed spread itself from its' last visit.

blessings,

marcy

Yaya said...

How cool! I love butterlies.

Leslie said...

what a beautiful surprise! Those caterpillars are lovely!

outdoor.mom said...

oh those photos are gorgeous!! what great shots.

Pink & Green Mama said...

That's fantastic!! My kids would be over the MOON to find swallow tail caterpillars...I keep checking our dill but alas no such luck here : )