Tuesday View (5th August)

Here is the view today – a lovely sunny summer’s day, with a light breeze and much less humid than it has been the past week…


The Perovskia is spreading its wings as you can see below, and sending up shoots nearby, while the red rose bush is bursting with new buds again. The creamy whiteΒ Scabiosa ochroleuca and the pearly Succisella inflexa in the foreground add a little more airiness to the overall effect.


I got really excited today when I spotted a huge caterpillar on my Fennel… yes, the Swallowtail caterpillar! This makes up for not seeing the butterfly this year yet!


About 6cm long and as thick as my little finger. Isn’t it pretty? I shall be watching it carefully…

Have you seen any big caterpillars this summer?

40 thoughts on “Tuesday View (5th August)

  1. I think the swallowtail caterpillars are my favorite πŸ™‚ they look exactly the same over on this side of the sea!
    I’m always impressed by how your slope looks so full and colorful with blooms and foliage but never messy. I have to learn that trick!

    • Thanks for the compliment. I have to admit that it’s mostly luck that the gaps in the rockery get filled by the Centranthus. πŸ˜‰ The ugly bits get concealed then!

  2. The ‘view’ is getting better and better this year. It looks so full and brimming with colour. I’m so pleased you have a swallowtail caterpillar, they take ages to grow but don’t do any damage to the fennel so you’ll be able to watch it grow and pupate. A friend gave me a chrysalis in a box with a fine net cover, I waited for weeks and weeks but it was so beautiful to see the new bright butterfly when it emerged, I put it in the garden straight away so it could begin feeding.

  3. I agree your view looks lovelier and lovelier this year. Intrigued by your Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillar, I have just looked this up as I have not seen one over here. The UK Butterflies site says a Swallowtail subspecies is native to the Norfolk broads and mainly feeds on Milk Parsley, which only grows there, so there is a chance I may get to see one, thats good to know! πŸ™‚

    • There used to be Swallowtails as far north as the Midlands apparently, but they are now rare even further south… clearly not a matter of climate, but more of environment? Hope you get to see one!

  4. Your garden looks wonderful . How exciting to have this beautiful caterpillar in your garden and know that it will turn into a Swallowtail butterfly. I wish we had them here, they are magical.

    • I am keeping my fingers crossed, but haven’t seen him yet today… It looked extremely exposed up on that fennel stem, so hope a bird hasn’t found him!

  5. No caterpillars for me, I’m afraid. I wonder if our drought has curtailed their adventures, too! I am finding it much harder to have enthusiasm for working in our garden because everything is very stressed waiting for a little drink, and I have some areas I’d really like to restructure and plant differently, but it doesn’t feel like the right time of year. I’m a little unsure of how to proceed, but I am becoming quite skilled at dividing and cultivating succulents. I should end up with quite a collection over time. I never thought of being an expert in this area, but I may become one! LOL! It’s about all i have left to enjoy in the garden, and at least there are thousands of varieties. πŸ™‚

    • I think I have also adapted my tastes to what I can grow, and get equal pleasure out of the fleshy Sempervivums that seem to live on air, or “weeds” that are adapted to my microclimate. The golden rod flowers and stands tall even in drought, but the leaves below do look rather tatty and shrivelled by the time the flowers arrive! Good luck with your succulents, and I am still hoping you will get a good rain soon!

  6. Kathy, do you give the rose bush plant food, or does it just flower on its own over the season? Our roses bloomed in May and June and now are still fill-leafed but haven’t bloomed a bit.

    • Hi Gwynne. I didn’t feed it this year (I forgot!) and it has flowered better than ever. I am usually not good with roses, so I’m afraid I can’t be of much help. But I do normally give them some compost or feed in the spring. Hope yours will produce buds again soon. πŸ™‚

  7. Your garden still looks great, we are stating to have the August heat take a toll on our garden. I love your caterpillar pictures, great shot! I have not seen any caterpillars this year yet, they must all be hiding when I walk the garden!

    • Perhaps they really do have enough wild flowers this year, as you have already suggested, and don’t have to come into gardens for food…. A friend about 5 minutes away on foot lives on the edge of the nature reserve and has had some quite different visitors to her garden.

  8. Lovely view of your summerly garden, Cathy! IΒ΄m glad you have seen this pretty Swallowtail caterpillar on the Fennel and hope the rare beautiful butterfly will visit your garden too some day… IΒ΄ve seen the swallowtail three times last month, but never any caterpillars.

    • My caterpillar has gone into hiding Elisabeth! I hope he hasn’t been eaten… he was very exposed up on that fennel stem…. Have a lovely weekend!

    • The cabbage whites even found my basil tasty this year! I try and hide that and my salad leaves on the covered balcony, but some other flowers must have attracted the butterflies to it!

  9. Ah! The swallowtail-caterpillar! Since my godchild becomes interested in metamorphosis I look more carefully for caterpillars and have been successful. IΒ΄ve seen more caterpillars and cocoons than in other years.

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