One of my favorite plants for hanging baskets and trellises is the Thunbergia Alata. Sometimes called the Black-Eyed Susan Vine, this perennial is native to Africa but can be grown as an annual here in South Jersey and will bloom all spring and summer if kept watered and fertilized every few weeks. I buy one of these hanging baskets every spring.
I watched as this giant green caterpillar traveled across the garden in late September. While it was making its way across a dead branch lying in its path, I went inside for my camera. I found it again at the very top, with nowhere else to go and helped him get safely back on the ground to continue on his journey to become a giant Polyphemus Moth in the spring.
I found some fabulous photos of the metamorphosis of this caterpillar into a Polyphemus Moth here at whatsthatbug.com .
My purple clematis is in bloom and has reached the top of the trellis just as the pink dogwood is shedding all it’s petals everywhere. I love spring.