A couple of days ago I received a comment on June Garden Update that made me smile. Within this comment, the author professed to a "black thumb" and indicated that, given my container garden, I would now "have someone to gloat over". Beyond that fact that it's not really my style, it's very easy to resist any temptation to gloat. This is why:
Beyond the fact that my fennel never developed the robust bulbs it should have, it became a buffet for seven black swallowtail caterpillars which apparently find fennel fronds extremely tasty. Given that the caterpillars disappeared suddenly, I have a feeling that the cardinals that nested near our deck apparently find black swallowtail caterpillars extremely tasty.
On a more positive note, the chile peppers and tomatillos, though not ready for harvest, are doing quite well and I have harvested my first ever Italian cippolini onions. Thankfully, the only fault I can find with the onions is that I didn't plant nearly enough of them.