It’s Fall, as of 1:44 PST Sunday. That seems about right to me. At around 1:30, it stopped seeming like Summer. We got the rain they promised yesterday. With rain on the way, I figured I’d weed out the invasive fast growing creeping grass that seemed to be taking over the front lawns. I could […]Read more "Free falling"
I had high hopes for participation in the Great Sunflower Project this summer, but ran into a few problems; got a late start, only one of the plants made it past the seedling stage, it’s been a cool summer so it just started to develop flowers last week, and yesterday somebody or something pulled the […]Read more "not to bee"
They’ve arrived. Took long enough, little dudes.Read more "(crickets)"
Mellowcat is all signed up for the Great Sunflower Project. The sunflower seeds aren’t in yet, but you’ll no doubt hear all about it once they go in. We have a pretty good area for bees in the front yard already; they really go for the salvia, bottlebrush, and the lantana. Not sure what kinds […]Read more "let it bee"
I found a recently deceased butterfly out back this morning, and tracked it down in a guide. It was a Gulf Fritillary, also known as the Passion Butterfly. They like the Passion flower, hence the name, and the reason why they’ve extended their range as far north as our house. This little guy was missing […]Read more "the gulf fritillary"
We’re undergoing an ant assault outside the house. One area that’s of particular concern is the utility yard, where we keep the trash can and recycling bins. There’s a 24 hour a day Ant Party going on back there. I don’t want to use anything that might harm other bugs or animals, and so I’m […]Read more "fossil v. ant"
A cricket is starting to chirp in the evenings in the backyard – first one of the year that I’ve heard. Seems like a late start, but I wasn’t insect-blogging at this time last year, so there’s no record of the first one in 2008.Read more "a cricket"
Early Sunday morning at the local Orchard Supply Hardware, and there’s hardly anyone there. Except for a small crowd in the aisle that has the ant and roach sprays.Read more "pest tent"