My Dukat [correction: Bouquet, according to the tag] dill plants are big, floppy and going to seed. Quite unsightly, some might say.
But I don't dare pull them out just yet. They're teeming with life! Wanna see?
There's good bugs, like this adorable ladybug,
not-so-good bugs, like this southern green stink bug,
and future butterflies, like this swallowtail caterpillar.
The dill is turning all sorts of lovely shades of yellow, green and brown, and the swallowtail caterpillars inhabiting it are in all stages of development.
As the sun sets and the light changes, the colors change, too.
I see lots of ladybugs...
...but no aphids. I guess that makes sense!
Even the pesky flies flock to the dill. (I saw a spider and a wasp, too, but they were too quick to get a shot.)
I plan to harvest some of these seeds, to replace the years-old dill seeds in my kitchen cupboard.
If the cucumbers do well,maybe I'll try my hand at homemade dill pickles. (Wonder if I can find my grandma's recipe?)
What's going to seed in your garden?
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