Let me start by saying... "Where did March go?" I can not believe how fast it went by.
Did you know in the month of March the Painted Lady Butterfly migrates from the Southern California desert areas northward? It just so happens this migration path is running right past my window at work and through my backyard. I have guesstimated the fight path in my area to be about 15 to 20 miles wide. It is amazing to see hundreds of butterflies within minutes fly past you.
Over the weekend while I was in the garden they would fly by 2 to 5 at a time every 10 seconds or so. You can tell they are on a mission and can almost feel the sense of urgency as they fly by.
The photo below is my attempt to catch them in flight over my house going north...
Click on photo for a larger view...
For more information on the Painted Lady Butterfly migration check out these two links...
Art Shapiro's Butterfly Site "This website describes over 34 years of data collected by Dr. Arthur Shapiro, professor of Evolution and Ecology at the University of California UC Davis"
San Mateo County Times
And since we are on the topic of things that fly I found this little guy hanging out on a raspberry leaf.
Then he took off to check out the nectarine tree and play hide-n-seek with me..
Now if he could make his way to the bell peppers and snack on this...
Click on the photo... can you see it? It's right there on the bud... can you see it now?
Random photos taken Sunday March 29th...
Corn in bed 2
Sunday afternoon I started working on the sun shades. I have three sets of wires running from the back fence to the eve of the house to hang the sun screens. The old one's were starting to fall apart and blocked 90 to 95 % of the sun which would not work out well for a vegetable garden. So it's time to replace them.
I'm using Sun Screen Fabric. It blocks out about 75 % of the sun which will come in handy July through Sept. The way my back yard is setup it can hold a lot of heat during the day. This should help to cool things off a bit when needed for both plants and people.
Two sets of wires will have three 6 foot panels and the third one will have two 6 foot and one 4 foot. This will make it easier to shade only the areas I want to shade unlike the old panels that were one single piece.
The cut edge will have a 1 1/2 inch hem to give them a finished look and to ensure a better hold for the clips.
I thought of a few ways to secure the hem, but in the end sewing them was the best method.
The clips are held in place by a small screw
I've completed all the cutting and sewing. I just need to add the clips and they will be ready to install.