Saturday, October 31, 2009

Insects that keep company

I don't know what happened, I normally don't take a 2-month break! I'll be honest, I haven't been in the yard much the last month and a half. It's been COLD, rainy, motivation is next to nil, and I'm tired. Not tired of the garden! Just tired and my philosophy is ... it can wait for now!

I did take some photos of the creatures in my tiny backyard (the place to be apparently.)

This huge spider was right next to my head (I was examining a plant and had no idea it was there). This was the biggest spider I ever saw, but after I took this photo he packed up his belongings and left.
Another cool Orb spider suspended between our tree and the ground. He made this right next to our walk to the compost so we never disturbed him.

Is this a grasshopper? Anyway, he was lurching about in my variegated grass.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Random Garden things (from a while ago!)

We put up our 2nd rain barrel!

Does everything grow in my yard? I found this petunia growing between the stones in my back patio. Petunias re-seeding in Chicago? Say what?

Really, does everything grow in my yard? My mom got me a seed packet from the garden show. I threw them in my yard. She threw them in hers. I got plants. She got nothing. It's gotta be the dirt. Really it's not me. (The seeds I tried to grow the right way - i.e. in my egg cartons with lots of TLC - yielded nothing. Yet me throwing them in the yard ... plants. Go figure.)

New garden art! From my grandpa, he's so sweet. Even though he threatens to shear all my shrubs into meatballs, and he mows my grass during my birthday party because he thought it was too long, he knows I love my garden and my cats and he bought me this.