August 27th, 2012

Peony Stoney

Sometimes you just have to embrace the inevitable

And I'm not talking about rude people. I'm talking about BUGS. Well, not True Bugs (I love that that is an actual classification - sub order /nerd!) but caterpillars, the final instar stage of the beautiful butterfly/moth.

(Quick mention that I have an entire post dedicated to gardening tips. I don't have time to help people like I used to, so feel free to help yourself! :D [/your friendly neighborhood Master Gardener.]

A few years ago I came out to my garden, HORRIFIED by these massive...creatures that were eating my garden to the ground. Specifically, my tomato plants and my Datura (Angel's Trumpet.) I had to use TWO HANDS to pull these buggers off the plant stems, because they were on tight. I tossed them into my driveway, like I do when I find grubs. I've trained the mockingbirds, you see. When they see me come out side with tools, they line the fence and watch. I toss grubs (typically) up in the air, or on the sidewalk, and they swoop in and get an easy meal. Awesome.

These buggers didn't even hit the ground before there was a fight among the birds. Big meal, is what I'm saying. I thought these were common tomato hornworms - at first glance, they certainly look like them.

But I realized after letting a few live that they weren't. They didn't become gold/brown hawk moths. These particular caterpillars turn into hummingbird hawk-moths. They are BEAUTIFUL.

Well, they eventually are. Collapse )

I have a lot of gardening to do, but I'm going to do it away from these things. If only to keep the mockingbirds occupied elsewhere...

(And this is my favorite shot that I've taken of a hummingbird - actual bird, see? - in my garden.) And this is my favorite collection of pics from my garden. :)

ION: PLEASE TELL ME YOU HAVE READ NEAR MISSES, WHICH WAS COMPLETED YESTERDAY. And then please tell me that you left her lovely comments, because that's just the right thing to do after being moved by such a fantastic and beautiful story. :) *cough* NOW ON EBOOK.
Mike Teevee wants nachos [iconzicons], go make me nachos

O_O

What my son has eaten today. TODAY. (He's 16)

  • half a jar of peanut butter
  • almost an entire loaf of wheat bread (minus one piece)
  • one pound of blueberries
  • two balls of frozen cookie dough
  • half a gallon jug of milk
  • a handful of raspberries
  • half a pound bag of sugar snap peas

...did I mention that this is in the past three hours? (He ate a whole box of cereal and gallon of milk for breakfast and I have no clue what he ate for lunch at school.) And he just asked me when dinner is going to be ready. Also, my son looks like Mike Teevee after being put on the taffy pull - skin and bones and pushing 6 feet. Seriously, if we could bottle this metabolism, WORLD DOMINATION. Or you know, murdered in the middle of the night by drug companies.

HEY! TEEN WOLF IS UP AT HDJM! S01E02. ALSO: TRUE BLOOD: the finale-ing! SURELY I have Breaking Bad peeps here. I've not seen it yet, but I understand that it was an OH MY GOD episode. Dexter is also there, and Dr. Who returns tomorrow!