Yellow or Tiger Swallowtail
These beautiful butterflies were among many (including monarchs and skippers) recently viewed in Bobbie Raymond’s zinnia garden.
Another in the family Papilionoidea
This Pipevine Swallowtail photographed by Suzanne Griffin and submitted here by Sue Milojevic.
The rain this year has prolonged the growing season for parsley, dill, fennel and rue plants on which swallowtails lay their eggs.
Here in northwest Indiana we have been seeing a lot more Monarchs (Danaus plexippus) this year. No doubt helped along by the monarch nursery at the home of Master Gardener friend, Laurelle Miskowicz
Although most of the 550 species of swallowtails are found in warm tropical climates, those that are in colder climates overwinter as pupae. Eastern north American Monarch butterflies, on the other hand, migrate south to central Mexico in September and October. Monarchs living west of the Rocky Mountains winter in California near Santa Cruz and San Diego.
The Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory will be holding their 25th Annual Garden Walk on Sunday, June 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. rain or shine. Make note of the date and prepare for an exciting self-guided tour of eight unique gardens. Transportation from one garden to another is needed; bicycles are a good option. Once again “Plein Air” painters will be demonstrating their amazing creativity in some of the gardens.
Tickets will be available for purchase May 1st online at this site, www,gcoprf.org and June 1st at the Oak Park Conservatory and the Oak Park Visitors Center. Prior to the event tickets are $15. FOPCON members should check the FOPCON website for further ticket information.
June 24, the day of the walk, tickets will be $20 and may be purchased at either the Cheney Mansion (220 N. Euclid, Oak Park) or the Oak Park Conservatory (615 Garfield Street, Oak Park).
Regardless if you purchase tickets in advance or the day of the event you must exchange your ticket or PayPal receipt for the garden guide booklets which serve as your entry to the garden. The exchange of ticket/receipt for Garden guides will be from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at either Cheney Mansion (220 North Euclid, Oak Park) or Oak Park Conservatory (615 Garfield, Oak Park. )The garden guides have a map and an explanation of each garden.
The ladies of the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest have for decades been wearing floral decorated hats to their annual Spring luncheon. From the silly to the sublime, their hats proudly display the abundance from their gardens (or florist if the weather doesn’t cooperate) and their ability to turn a few materials into unique and beautiful creations. They have Hattitude in abundance which simply means the ability to wear any type of hat without looking ridiculous.
Please don’t be intimidated if this is your first foray into hat design. A fascinator can be made using a head band and a piece of oval felt cut with a couple of slits to slide the felt on. Attach ribbon or a scarf and some flowers and glue or pin them onto the felt., Voila.
Another method to make a fascinator is take a shoulder pad, cover it with material or leaves, add a comb or barrette underneath and glue flowers to the top.
How about using an umbrella hat?
For many of us the fun of dressing up and having tea parties as girls now expresses itself as adults in laughter and fun with friends at the GCOPRF luncheon.
Enjoy the gallery of creations made thru the years: