Temperature fluctuations have encouraged creatures not normally seen in the gardens of Valley View to stop and share the garden’s mid-autumn bounty.
One such creature new to the gardens is the Milbert’s Tortoise Shell butterfly, (Nymphalis nilberti)
This butterfly lives in wet meadows and swampy edges of deciduous forests. It can be found coast to coast in Canada and the northern United States, in mountains south to West Virginia. It can be spotted on warm winter days, spring and summer. *
October 31st was a relatively warm day. We’ve had a few killing frosts so the only flowers still in bloom are mums and Alyssum. Nectar feeding insects frequent these flowers. Also the gardens are at the edge of an Eastern Broadleaf forest, with a spring seep directly across from the gardens. A perfect day and perfect habitat for this butterfly to appear!
*from National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders
There is a beauty and tranquility that gardeners aspire to create in their garden spaces.
What we sometimes seem to forget is that before we began to move’ dig or change the landscape there were creatures who inhabited the space before us.
In order to create a space rich in energy and in balance with our Mother,
We must honor those who live near and beneath our feet.
I have come to understand these creatures and do not seek to harm them in any way.
First and foremost it’s important to know these amazing reptiles, amphibians and insects are not poisonous, they do not seek me out to harm me.
Instead we have a symbiotic relationship.
I create garden spaces and they take care of things that seek to harm it.
For those who garden in areas where creatures live that may do the gardener harm, care is of utmost importance. But if like myself you are fortunate to live in an area free of harm, enjoy and honor those who share your garden space!