A couple weekends ago, Andrew and I went with some friends to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, VA. There's surprisingly a lot to do here including multiple guided tours in the house and around the grounds and we were kept busy trying to fit it all in!
Happy first day of Fall! It's 80 degrees today but some leaves are just starting to change color here in Baltimore and local stores have been stocked with questionable pumpkin flavor combinations for weeks so Fall it must be! Our garden is certainly seeing a bit of a change as we get later into the growing season. Our zucchini, soybeans, and muskmelon are now done but we still have plenty to keep us busy!
In early August, my mom gifted us a beautiful tropical milkweed plant, which has apparently been quite popular with the monarchs. We planted it in our backyard already aware of a couple monarch butterfly eggs on the plant. I spotted our first monarch caterpillar of the year on August 11 and went back to the plant every day afterwards to make sure he was still accounted for.