Welcome to the Enclosed Garden of Susan Ernst. Literal as well as figurative, this blog explores the physical gardens which I cultivate, the spiritual garden within, and the intellectual garden of horticultural knowledge gathered through decades of study, observation and practice. Come and sit with me for a while. Let us together marvel at the delicate, intricate beauty of a flower.
This season is bringing quite a proliferation of butterflies to my garden. The latest visitor is this Female Eastern Swallowtail in her "dark phase". It is said that it is to deter predators. This must be true because I've also seen a yellow version with a chunk of hind wing gone. I'll try to get a picture of him next.