Friday, September 04, 2015

No-Spotted Lady Bugs!

When I was in my garden today, I discovered my artichoke plant was covered with aphids.  That would be a discouraging find if not for the fact that lady bugs LOVE aphids for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.  And because there were such an abundance of aphids, the lady bugs had come to feast.  I counted ten on the top of the leaves.  I know there were many on the underside, because I could watch them walking from underneath to the top of the leaf.

I was also excited to see a kind of lady bug I had not encountered before.  Solid spots.  Can you guess their common name?  No-spotted lady bugs!

Welcome to my garden, lady bugs.  Come often and stay long.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

A Little Game Called "Name that Seed" See if you can identify these seeds--Answer at the bottom of post





A. Bean   B. Butternut Squash   C. Dietes grandiflora   D. Onion

Like Moss...and Needs Little Water

Saw a great ground cover today.  It's green with small yellow flowers in the spring and summer.  Common name of Goldmoss Sedum or sedum acre.

Once established, it requires occasional watering.  Very dainty but provides a nice thick groundcover.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Tree Staking 2.0

I posted recently about the importance of staking new tree plantings.  I saw this interesting staking mechanism recently.  Here's what I like...the loop gives the tree plenty of space to sway in the breeze.  This mechanical movement will help the roots to grow strong and the trunk to strengthen.  Supports which allow no movement will create weak trunks and roots.

It will be imperative for this support to be removed as the trunk grows in girth.

Monday, August 31, 2015

From Peeling to Sizzling--Roasted Butternut Squash

Dewy drops appear after the first layer of peel is removed

The hardness of the peel is what gives this veggie storability.  Keep working.  It's worth the effort.
Slice in half.
All of these seeds is how this plant got its start.  I compost and every so often a seed ends up in the garden instead of the composter.
Before the first scoop.

I use a teaspoon to scoop out the seeds. 
And this is headed for the composter
Ready to dice.

Pan prepped with foil and butternut squash drizzled with olive oil.
Sizzling hot after 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

A Simple Centerpiece of Yellow Roses

Enjoying a summer evening dinner near the beach.  I loved the centerpiece of roses on the table.  They created a perfect complement to the uncomplicated view.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Signs of the Drought

Artificial Turf

Leaves turning brown and dropping in August versus October

Succulents replacing turf
The drought is impacting landscaping in the area.  New artificial turf and succulents are replacing lawns.  Trees which normally don't drop leaves until October are browning and dropping in August.


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