Posts tagged ‘insects’

September 26, 2012

Spider Mama

Garden Spider 2

Mommy garden spider preparing her egg sack with food for her babies.  Right on time for Fall, she laid her eggs yesterday next to the compost pile and wrapped them in silk.  I’m glad I didn’t hesitate to take her picture.  Her fate is the same as Charlotte’s.

March 2, 2012

Rain

Oh yeah we got some much needed rain this week.  But this time of the year any morning looks like this: foggy and moist.  The whole garden takes on an aura of mystery and everything looks different.  I went outside barefoot with camera in hand and Niza kitten to keep me company.  I found this hammock ready to lure pests into it.

Spider Hammock

Then I walked some more and picked up a sweet scent in the air…

Orange Blossom

Yes it’s time to fertilize and if you took my advice 2 weeks ago you should be ready to feed you soil.  If you didn’t, then don’t worry.  You still have time to run and get some.  Because our soil is so sandy, organic slow release works best.  It doesn’t wash away into the aquifer with one shower.  And speaking of the aquifer; remember that everything you put in the soil will eventually end up there…and then end up in your drinking water.

Droplets

January 4, 2012

Stinking Bugs

Well, well well.  Just when DH and I thought the pigeon peas did not have any insect problems we spotted these little babies crawling all over the leaves.

Stink bug babies

I don’t remember inviting them over and I sure don’t want them to stay.  It’s time to break out the neem oil and put this bug nursery out of business.

Baby stink bug

Linking to Transformation Thursday and Inspiration Friday.

November 2, 2011

Cosmos

Cosmos Flowers

Florida’s weather is at it again.  Saturday’s forecast was for showers all day but for some crazy reason, the sun decided to make a surprise visit in the afternoon.  I was thrilled.  Our kitten Niza is full of energy like a 12-year-old and was literally bouncing off the walls.  Rainy days are an unfair punishment to her and she definitely makes us aware of her boredom by running around the house and playing with “no,no” objects.

So we were both thrilled to go outside even for a couple of hours until the next shower looming over Tampa would arrive at our yard.  Yes, I had to rearrange my chores for the day but I got a chance to harvest some flowers.  This time I got enough for 3 vases!  I also shot some amazing photos.  I’m so happy with this annual bed and its instant gratification.  I’m convinced I need to make another one.

Just in case you missed it, the post on how to make your own annual flower bed is here.

Linking to Transformation Thursday and Inspiration Friday.

October 11, 2011

Fall Garden 2011

After 3 days of non stop rain, I finally got a chance to go out into the garden today.  You can water your plants all you want but there is something special about mother nature’s sprinkler system.  Everything in the yard seems to get an instant boost!

This is the new annual flower bed.

Annual Flower Bed

The Cosmos is growing fast.  No buds yet…I patiently wait.

Cosmos

The Zinnias on the other hand are ready to make an appearance any time now.

Zinnia Bud

Zinnia Bud
Zinnia Bud

This Leaf Footed Plant Bug tried to hide in the Zinnias. He is NOT a welcome guest.

Leaf Footed Plant Bug

I harvested arugula this week. I’m really looking forward to some fresh tomatoes.
Tomato

There are quite a few more blossoms and the plant looks healthy so far. The garden center recommended I use lime in the soil. I also used the bucket/container method recommended by the local extension office.

Tomato Blossoms

And the roses are just amazing. Here is the yellow tea rose. Maine coon kitty is in the background supervising :)

Yellow Rose

Transformation Thursday