Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What's with the Drought?

I don’t know if you have noticed it in your gardens, but my plants and wildlife appear hardier and more abundant this year. Did the drought do that?
This year I have been blessed with a multitude of wildlife - common in most gardens - but are new to my gardens. Did the drought do that?
Eastern Box Turtle - female

This year I have witnessed the evolution of the Gulf Fritillary. 

Egg of Gulf Fritillary
Larvae of Gulf Fritillary       

Even though the larvae is still consuming my passion vine (Passiflora incarnata), I let them be knowing I will be blessed with a garden with wings in the future.

Emerging from chrysallis

Adult Gulf Fritillary 

 I smile when I see the butterflies happily sipping the nectar on the bee balm. Did the drought do that?

Then there is the frolicking and fornicating. Did the drought do that?

Green Anoles

Green Tree Frogs 

I became concerned when this guy followed me in the garden.

During a drought, plant roots will grow deeper looking for nourishment and this makes the plants stronger (if they survive the drought). The next year, these hardy plants proliferate and provide abundant food sources for all types of creatures. So, yes, the drought did that!

Are you experiencing a better garden this year? Please leave a comment and let me know.


  1. green beans are doing great, however, zucchini is doing what it did last year - only female blossoms. Don't know what to do to promote male blossoms. Drought probably doesn't have much to do with that though. The green bean plants are a lot bigger than last year though!!

  2. 2012 is definitely better here. Thank goodness. 2011 was the summer of hell with drought and high temperatures. I did notice the daylilies were larger and more prolific after the drought. Were they trying to create more seeds? Who knows? Happy Bloom Day and thanks for visiting.~~Dee