Tag Archives: garden

Pebble 7

Love in a Mist.  So … why is love blue?

Where’s Draco?


Can you spot the dragon?

Garden Honor Wall

Inscribe my garden wall with a list of the ailing and fallen: the old apple, dead of fireblight, the young apple and pear, soon to perish, the aged and deformed peach, the long-gone dogwood, the defunct nectarine.

Mother Nature Knows Best

Yesterday afternoon I discovered two large, bright-green-and-black banded caterpillars munching on my fennel.  I pulled them off, and they spread a stinky smell that stuck to my fingers.  I put them both into an empty watering can, looked them up on the web, and discovered that they were black swallowtail larvae — nearly as striking in their adult butterfly form as they were in the caterpillar stage.  Too pretty to kill, but not pretty enough to sacrifice my fennel.

I placed them in the parsley and basil at the other end of the garden.  When I checked later, they were in pretty much the same spots I’d left them in, but I started to worry that maybe they weren’t eating, so I put one of the caterpillars back on the fennel and left the other on the Thai basil.

Today the caterpillar on the fennel is doing fine.  The one that I left on the basil is nowhere to be seen.



Almond Massacre

Stealthy, sharp-toothed creatures have gnawed the immature nuts on my almond tree, leaving the half-eaten, green-skinned debris strewn across the patio like broken skulls.

Nature Sews, Nature Reaps

Critters in the night ate the seed-laden heads of the sunflowers that had volunteered along my garden’s retaining wall.