Tonight I visited my herb gardens. This year the raised beds are packed, spilling over with horehound, sage, white lavender, garden valerian, lovage, and parsley.
I was hoping to find swallowtail caterpillars munching on the valerian as I had seen the female depositing eggs on its blossoms and undersides of leaves a few weeks ago. I do not see any caterpillars...yet.
Who instead was visiting the herb garden? Lots of beneficial syrphid flies, amorous beetles and lively honeybees. I look forward to returning to that sweet-smelling corner of the backyard - the lavender will soon be in bloom!