Stem – All That’s Left of the Parsley


Stem (from Wiktionary) – A slender supporting member of an individual part of a plant such as a flower or a leaf.

See these little cute guys?  They’re in my parsley and will eat it down until all that’s left is a stem or two.  But if we wait a few more weeks, we get the prettiest butterflies around.

I am careful to not fertilize the parsley as eventually kills the caterpillars.  Inevitably there are more caterpillars than food to support them and they die off until the parsley grows back.  Every summer I look for the tiny pieces of brown rice with a stripe in the center, and I know the butterflies have found my house again.  And a few days later, those little pieces of brown rice start eating the parsley down again. 

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Word for tomorrow – CHUCK.  If you prefer to work ahead, see the list for the week under “A Word A Day”. 

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