GAR days

10 . 30 . 13 | Ravel and Radishes

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This is one of our favorite times of the year, when Sarah comes and plays.

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This year, Sarah played us a selection of curated works by French composers (Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc, Mompou and Satie) that will be used in a ballet based on the novel Chéri by Colette. In between each musical movement, Sarah would narrate the story. It was exquisitely sad, and beautiful.

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Plant babies are coming up nicely, we are starting to transplant them into our fall garden.

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We are experimenting with several new species, pictured here is Langkuri Basil.

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The legendary Grandma Einck’s Dill!

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Mitsuba (Japanese Parsley).

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We planted most of our fall seeds Oct. 4th. Amazingly these French breakfast radishes were ready to eat in only 3 weeks! They are really good. Don’t forget to eat the greens!

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This looks like bird-poop. It is, however, the cleverly camouflaged larva of the very beautiful Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes). Usually these butterflies have an unerring knack for laying their eggs right before tender new growth develops on citrus trees, however these caterpillars are trapped in stasis, waiting for new growth that is tender enough for them to eat before they starve to death, a tricky situation!

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Thank you, Cate, for bringing us this research material for our upcoming gallery project!

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GAR days

10 . 19 . 13 | Fall light Fall flounder

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The light has been shifting over the course of Jonah’s show. It is now centered in the gallery and absolutely beautiful.

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Its the little epiphanies. The Monarchs are still hatching and the Mexican sunflowers are in bloom for a second time. As luck would have it, the Monarch’s love the Mexican sunflowers as a source of food!

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This Black Swallowtail loves them also.

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And this one! Is it a mutant Monarch? Most likely another species entirely, if there are any bug people out there, feel free to give us the scoop.
(Update! We found it in our Kaufman field guide of Butterflies, it is the Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae), quote: ” A dazzling beauty of the southern regions”

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The first flounder of the fall.

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Assassin bug hunting in the GARden. When it finds a juicy bug it will stick its long beak (folded under its body in this picture) into it and suck out all its juices!

 

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