it was time to spruce up the garden containers with sights of the Christmas season. redesigning several of my potted planters i added poinsettias for a bright pop of red and a colorful Christmas focal point. it's a simple way to integrate Christmas with what you already have in your garden without too much expense.
you might remember this urn had fall colored croton planted in it for autumn. now it is all dressed for the holidays.
this is the display on the front walkway. the sunlight catches the red leaves in the afternoon and the brightness of them is delightful.
this wasp (have no idea what kind) was eating a monarch caterpillar from the milkweed plant. first of all i didn't know wasp enjoyed this kind of dinner, secondly i got SO close it could have stung me but it didn't care it was so intent on its meal.
i planted milkweed about 6 weeks ago to attract monarchs. yesterday i spotted this monarch caterpillar from the ground just beneathe the milkweed. my plan must be working. only i hope the wasps are not plucking them off one by one. i'll keep checking back to hopefully find a chrysalis or two.