Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Terrarium Update

Friday, May 19th, 2017


Terrarium after the removal of plants 2017 February 5.







Something green growing?

Previous post.

Tree Bark and Tomato Plants

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Today I went to the neighborhood Farm Supply to purchase tomato plants. Just as I got out of the car I saw this–


I paused to take a look. I have no clue what the rest of the tree looked like. I was only able to focus on the details.


Great ideas for future work.

Tomato plants purchased:

Tomato Plants

Again With the Casemaking Moths and Possible Easy Solution

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

I am in the process of cleaning and clearing my studio in order to have enough space to begin a new project.

While cleaning my work bench I found casemaking moths.

Casemaking Moths

Casemaking moth in a small bowl of cold wax test pieces.
The casemaking moth is in the center on the penny bound with wool.

Finding the casemaking moths brought to mind a recent conversation I had with an entomologist. I specifically asked him how to address the casemaking moth problem.

He said that an easy solution was to put my work in the my car. What would that accomplish? One of the ways to kill casemaking moths is to use heat. He also recommended tossing the stuff in a plastic bin with a few moth balls. I don’t recall which moth balls he recommended, naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene. I would prefer not using chemicals.

But, it never occurred to me to use the heat in the car. That would be an easy fix, especially since most of my work will not fit in the freezer.

He mentioned that his wife had success killing an insect infestation in the wood horn of a recently purchased used saddle.

Previous Posts

It is Not a Pod…

What Happened?

Casemaking Moth Damage

Casemaking Moth Damage–Alpaca yarn embroidered on harware cloth.

Tinea pellionella

A Perfect Environment for Moths

Would the interior temperature in a car kill moths?

American Veterinary Medical Association

AVMA Temp Chart

The AVMA credits–Jan Null, CCM; Department of Geosciences, San Francisco State University,
for creating the estimated vehicle interior temperature chart.

Alternatives, A Washington Toxics Coalition Fact Sheet, Clothing Moths-Prevention and Control by Jennie Goldberg states–“High heat (in excess of 99”F for one week) will destroy all life stages of the moth.”

It appears that the interior temperature of a car will kill moths.
Need to perform some tests to find out for sure.

The Trapped Cactus is in bloom!

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Volunteer: Geranium dissectum

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017


Volunteer Plants with Wee Pink Flowers

How small all the flowers?


Decided to harvest seed from the volunteer plants. I assumed that the seed was ready when they looked like this…


But are they? While harvesting, I noticed this change–



It wasn’t until I looked at the photographs that I noticed the red tips–


It is such a lovely plant. Can’t wait to grow more and should not have a problem doing so since they are showing up on invasive plant sites. Perhaps I should rethink introducing the plants into my courtyard garden.

Wildflowers of the United States

Invasive Species Compendium

University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management

Dropped Leaves

Sunday, April 30th, 2017



The color of the leaves is definitely not right.
I took the photo with my iPad in my studio.
The color of the leaves should be a grey green.


Flip side of the small leaf.
When I gathered the leaves I noticed that they felt soft and very warm.
Like a thick bunny ear.


The leaves collect everything.
It is common for earwigs to live all cozy in the top leaves.
I give the leaves a weekly cleaning with a soft bristle brush.

Four leaves fell. I am drying two and the other two are sitting in a glycerin solution, just to see what happens.

Art material? Molds or stitching?

Weeds or Flowers?

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Weeds or Flowers

Volunteers in my garden.

Weeds or Flowers

Keep or Remove?

Definitely keep. Plan to harvest seed and plant in other parts of my gardens.

Weeds or Flowers

What’s Growing?

Friday, April 21st, 2017

I planted two Tabebuia seeds each in five peat pots, 6 November 2016. I went away for three weeks in March. Before I left I watered the pots and then wrapped them in plastic.

Today I did not find Tabebuia growing, but found something green.


Do I pot up the growth or wait to see if Tabebuia plants surface?

The Agave Around the Corner

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Another Agave in the Neighborhood

It is amazing what you can see in your neighborhood when you actually look around.
Just noticed this agave in the process of beginning to bloom and die.




Other plants in the area.



Trapped Cactus Update

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

June of 2016 I wrote a post about a trapped cactus. The cactus was growing near a chain-link fence. When the property was sold, the new owners had a privacy fence installed in front of the chain-link fence. The result was the cactus sandwiched between the chain-link fence and the privacy fence.


This was the plant in June of 2016.


This is the plant today.

Cactus Buds

In spite of its living conditions, the plant has numerous buds.

It is sad to see the cactus’ situation, but encouraging to see that in spite of everything it appears to be thriving.