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June 16, 2019

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Cop Car

Oh, how well rewarded are the hours you spend working in your yard, Bogie. Beautiful, beautiful. Do you have plants on which the swallowtails lay eggs? (The female black swallowtails like our dill and fennel; but, I don't know what the female tiger swallowtail prefers.) It always confuses me that the female tigers can be yellow OR black - pretty in either version. Your photo seems to show a male?

Who would have thought that your rhododendrons would bloom that abundantly after the freeze damage they suffered?

bogie

The NH Extension says that the bloom buds are much more hardy than the leaves - and I guess this is living proof.

Make sure to look at the Update - I forgot to post a picture.

As far as the Eastern Tiger swallowtail butterfly, I had to do some research. Seems they like to sip nectar from milkweed (Asclepias spp.), phlox (Phlox paniculata), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), Joe-Pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum), sweet pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia), buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis), beebalm (Monarda didyma), and buckwheat (Eriogonum spp.) of which most of those I have in my yard (credit Butterfly website https://butterflywebsite.com/articles/tiger-swallowtails.cfm)

As for egg laying, I have black cherry (I would think that would substitute wild cherry), mountain ash, will (it's still trying to come back and neighbors have other trees they like - plus whatever is in the swamp next door.

Cop Car

Shame on you - forgetting your lovely garden by the driveway. Looks great!

You certainly treat your little critters well.

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