Epiphyllums bloomed last night, a total of 6 blossoms. I put the story on my greenhouse blog, Dotty Plants.
A real thrill for me this morning was the discovery of two seedlings from the 7 year old Castor Bean seeds I planted 20 days ago. I pressed newly fallen pine cones into the soil around them to discourage kitty and armadillos digging.
It looks as if the Brug cuttings and white Lantana cuttings that I took after wind blew down a Brug stalk are going to take.
It is time to start perennial seeds for planting out in late fall here. At some point I mean to start some Nasturtiums, which I usually forget until it is too late.
I never got around to all the annuals I meant to plant. The only zinnias to bloom so far are yellow: one the color of a school bus and one slightly paler.
When I checked butterfly activity I was rewarded: a Giant Swallowtail! Spectacular with all the gold markings and bigger than all the others, they are a treat to see. See my Giant Swallowtail post from 2011 with videos and fairly good pics.
Today, Gulf Fritillaries, other swallowtails, pipevine and spicebush; dogface sulphurs and various pollinators swarm Tithonia along with the Giant. There's minor activity on Porterweeds, Pentas and Lantana but nothing to compare with the busy visitors to Tithonia.
A Red Spotted Purple greets me at the side door every morning. This butterfly does not nectar on flowers. He seeks things like a dirty towel the dog laid on. He looks for moisture, so I poured the cat's water on the carport floor and refilled the bowl with fresh water.