The Beauty of Things I Didn’t Plant
This carrot plant, left in the ground for its second year, produced some spectacular blooms.
I’ve worked hard on my garden, and I’m pleased with its progress. Sometimes, though, much of its beauty lies in the wild bits, in the things I didn’t plant. Here are a few of them…
The motherwort that plants itself with exuberant abundance is beloved of the bees, both honeybees and, as this photo shows, bumblebees.
Other insects love the motherwort too. I’m not sure what kind of moth this is, but I was taken by the beauty of its orange head and the patch of iridescent blue on its otherwise gray wings.
This caterpillar made itself at home in the garden, but I couldn’t begrudge it a few leaves.
Sometimes, the best things in life really are free–not just of money, but of labor.