Caterpillars

September 19th, 2017

Caterpillar

Caterpillar Found on Counter
From Fresh Corn

Caterpillar

Caterpillar Found on Counter
Flip Side

Monarch Caterpillars

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar Spent a Day
in the Same Location

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar Active Again

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillars This Morning 9/20/17


Trapped Cactus in Foyer

September 17th, 2017

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus Before Cuttings

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus with Cuttings

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus Cuttings…
to Make More Plants


In the Garden

September 17th, 2017

Leaf Miner

Datura Bud

Datura Pods

Datura Pod

Datura Flower with Ants

Datura Pod

Datura Volunteer in Succulent Garden

Sunflower

Sunflower Volunteer in Succulent Garden


A Monarch Came to Visit…

September 13th, 2017

or could it be the missing caterpillar?

Monarch

The Monarch was flitting from plant to plant.
Difficult to capture an image of it.

Milkweed Pod

Yesterday the First Milkweed Seed Pod Opened.

The seed pod is from a plant that I purchased. It was my backup plant, just in case the plants that I grew from seed did not survive.

In November of last year, I planted seed that I harvested from a friend’s plant. Most of the plants are blooming and are developing seed pods.

Milkweed

Since the milkweed is a temporary plant, I planted a cutting from my original Solandra maxima behind it. The leaves are yellow and a bit eaten. Systemic can’t be applied until the Monarch cycle is completed.

Solandra maxima Pod

The cutting is from this plant.


Monarch Caterpillar

Previous Posts on Monarchs

Monarch Caterpillars and Milkweed

Milkweed, a Caterpillar, and Lots of Aphids

Milkweed and Ants


Aphids on Succulent Part 2

August 30th, 2017

Aphids

Aphids on Succulent July 28, 2017

Aphids

Aphids After Treatment

Aphids

Aphids Found Again
After Treatment August 30, 2017

Aphids

Removed from Plant

Aphids

Aphids Shaken From Cutting

Aphids

Plant After Treatment

Aphids on Succulent Previous Post


What happened to the soil?

August 15th, 2017

When I pulled the plant out of the pot I found this–

Spider Plant

What happened to the soil?!

Spider Plant

Sliced the roots and popped it in the ground in its new location.
Spider Plant


Garden Visitor

August 15th, 2017

Grasshopper


Volunteers in the Succulent Garden

August 11th, 2017

Where are the succulents? Most are small plants and starts from a variety of sources.

Recent Post Succulent Garden Progress

Volunteers

Hibiscus trionum, Flower of the Hour

Volunteers

Appears and actually smells like a Datura.
Where did it come from?

Volunteers

Another

Volunteers

And Another, may be a Datura metel.

Volunteers

Not a Volunteer. Peony seed found on hike.
May be Paeonia californica.
Bit yellow, but still hopeful it will survive.

Previous post on Paeonia californica


Succulent Garden In Progress

August 11th, 2017

Because, is a garden ever finished?

Succulent Garden

Succulent Garden in Progress, Removal of Oak Roots Took Nearly 2 Weeks!

Succulent Garden

Succulent Garden From Above
July 5, 2017

I decided to remove the drip irrigation before I started using it. I was concerned that since the line would be attached to the courtyard, the succulents would be overwatered. Easy and enjoyable to hand water.

Most of the plants are small or starts from a variety of sources. I prefer to purchase small plants and allow them to grow and fill the garden.

Succulent Garden

Succulent Garden In Progress

The plant in the central location may become as large as its parent.

Plant Start

Succulent Garden

Parent Plant
The plant has been in the space for several years.

The parent plant is in full sun nearly all day. The succulent garden gets morning and early afternoon sun, then shade.

Succulent Garden

Succulent Garden Detail

Succulent Garden

First Starts of Trapped Cactus
Tall plants staked in the upper right.

Succulent Garden

Second Starts of Trapped Cactus
Staked with a Start of Kalanchoe beharensis ‘Fang’

Previous Trapped Cactus Posts
Trapped Cactus Growth and Buds
Trapped Cactus in Bloom

Chicken

Why is the chicken wearing a wool yarn flower?

Every time I watered my garden I tripped over the chicken. Why leave the chicken there? It is to prevent the hose from dragging through the garden.

When I placed the rocks and added mulch to the succulent garden, the oxidized chicken became part of the ground. Every time I walked down the steps I tripped over the chicken and knocked it off of its stake. My hope is the bright colors will visually remind me that the chicken is there. So far it is working.

Yes, those are pine needles. We have large pines on the outside of the courtyard and this time of the year there are a lot of needles in the garden. I added mulch to the succulent garden with the notion the dropped pine needles and also the oak leaves would not be as noticeable.

This year I am trying something new. I am planting and then allowing nature to work its will. Also, I am a bit weary of cleaning up after the trees.


Caterpillars on Milkweed

August 10th, 2017

Thursday, August 10

Caterpillars


Friday, August 11 Early Morning
Caterpillar

Caterpillar