Saturday, August 13, 2011
Yesterday Andy and I took the menagerie to Green Camp at the UC Botanical Garden. As the kids arrived bit by bit, we showed them the eggs, caterpillars and chrysalises. The first child to arrive (in the striped hoodie) got and explanation of everything in the display. The kids that arrived later got the abbreviated version. They were a bit young to truly appreciate the experience, but they were attentive. The camp counselors and some of the parents got a butterfly education, too. As usual, the cages were masterpieces of design. The last Anise Swallotail caterpillars pupated within hours. I'm glad the kids got to see them.
Then, when we were done, Paul showed up with freshly dug Trilliums and asked us to help plant them. They are all in pots now. I hope they do well. I get worried dealing with such valuable vegetation. The pic is from January when they were in bloom. Now they are dormant.