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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Parsley, Caterpillars & Paint

Parsley Caterpillar 
We had a frost overnight. It's early, even for Minnesota, to have the tender plants killed off. I was busy picking my herbs yesterday and bringing in the last of the tomatoes, while covering the eggplant which is still so robust. I think this caterpillar only consumes parsley, at least this is the only place I see it. It is an amazing looking creature and very slow moving. Life must hard on those which are specific to one food plant.

I have got myself into a mess, as I have decided to paint not only the garage, but what we call the 'round end' of the house. I sprayed it to remove the dirt that only country life can cause, which took lots of paint off. Now I am in the soup, so to speak. My window of opportunity is narrow, so I must be diligent and not allow for distraction. Like this.

Winter is coming and I will have plenty of time to spend on the computer. For now I am starting my new career as a house painter. Wish me luck.


  1. Despite the decay, that is a fantastic piece of architecture! I wish you luck!

  2. Good luck with the painting, don't fall off any ladders! Love the round end of the house, it's perfect.
    This cold snap caught me by surprise. No frost yet, but my garden is not happy.
    Love the swallowtail caterpillar, I'm pretty sure they only eat parsley. Or maybe they can eat queen anne's lace too? I seem to recall seeing a butterfly lay eggs on some. Some nature nut I turned out to be.
    Stay warm up there, and happy home improvement.

  3. and cilantro- maybe a herb caterpillar? I had one of those this year too- had never seen one prior to that. the chix were not too fond of it though.

    good luck painting


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