Late Season Garden Visitors

Hawk moth checking out the Phlox
Just a little less shy than the hummingbirds in my garden are the hawk moths. Actually, along with butterflies, these huge moths have been scarce this year. The hawk moth larvae feeds on sweet potatoes, so I imagine this is the adult form of a resident in my Pamela Crawford planter.

This much-used annual vine tends to take over any area in which it's planted, so I truly don't mind the hawk moth larval feeding. This little hummingbird impersonator has its enemies in the farmers who try to grow sweet potatoes as a crop, however.

My Pamela Crawford Planter with Ipomoea batatas, or ornamental sweet potato
DEAR DIARY- DAY ONE: "I'm so good at camouflage, I'm virtually invisible." 
I was surprised by another visitor, this time in the large planter on my patio. A bright green tree frog sat motionless on the stem of Colocasia 'Mojito'. These little guys are always fun to photograph, especially when they aren't in any hurry to go anywhere.
In fact, when I looked for him the next day, he was still on the same stem, but facing the other direction!
DAY TWO: "My dinner will never know I'm here."
Monarch feeds on Gomphrena 'Fireworks'
I spotted probably what was my third Monarch butterfly all season at my local garden center. As I stood looking at the sad plight of overgrown pots of Gomphrena 'Fireworks', I noticed a Monarch butterfly flitting about sipping nectar, probably in preparation for its upcoming journey. Gomphrena, or globe amaranth, is a popular nectar source for Monarch butterflies.



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