Winter Springs, FL
Greetings Gentle Folk,
I hope to see more of you sign up to come visit me Saturday and see my butterflies. I want to tell you what happened to my big fennels right after the big rain the other night. My two outdoor fennels are 5' high~! They are a couple years old and have bolted, [that means they sent up flower tops], which is good because Black Swallowtail butterflies lay their eggs in the flower tops AND on the fronds.
The caterpillars [cats] eat flowers & leaves but not seeds. Well after the big rain I went outside and the fronds on the fennel were all yellowing~! Not good news since a female has just oviposited all over the fennels. The yellow leaves will be of no nutritional value to the cats but luckily the flowertops were not affected.
I keep potted fennel on my screened porch to raise cats on so I have plenty to see dozens of them through. If you want a cat or two I will give you one Sat but you must have fennel or be prepared to buy some [or dill, or parsely].
So when you come to my house this Sat just know that I am so disappointed that all the lush, lovely green fennel fronds are now yellow; so I will have to cut them off. I think that going from drought conditions to soaked might have been what done that to the fennel.
See you Saturday~!