5 Aug 2014, 10:40am

Garden Walk

For Our World Tuesday a walk in the yard. It’s amazing how fertile the earth is on Ottawa’s scrape of sand, rock and clay; continual crops of weeds. The term “grounded” didn’t come by accident. How restful to take one kind of plant away. Not sure what to do about the carrots. I left thinning too late and it looks like a 70s shag carpet there. I thinned some. Need to thin more.

It seems harsh to cut the roses but where I cut them back, they blossomed. Where I let be, they didn’t. Counterintuitive. But a lesson there about choices and editing on a biological model.

There are so many species under our noses, surviving us. I also saw a beetle the size and shape of a ladybug but uniformly gold. And a long beetle iridescent as a grackle.

No bird, insect or mammal wants to eat these. Surely someone must. They went from ruby to this deep purple and are starting to fall.

cucumber coming
No one’s eaten these but us and for that I feel lucky. We’ve eaten 5 out of the garden so far. Amazing how fast they decay once picked compared to whatever they do to grocery store cukes.

cucumber pyramid
More coming.

It’s a risky world for the small. The beautiful cicada was found in the mouth of the cat. Drop it! Drop it!

Then I put the cicada up somewhere safe. His or her one leg didn’t look well. But once rested from that nasty turn after a 7 year wait to fly, he or she flew again.

In other news, pesbo lists my latest couple finished-reading lists.

We know that Japanese beetle well in the states and they do a lot of damage. I’ve been squishing them by hand and many are double decker mating while it happens. When we had a locust of cicadas when my sons were little, they took the dried bodies and made up wars with them!

Amazing & refreshing :-)

you have a lovely garden. Mine consists of a large pot of geraniums…they’re still blooming – the heat hasn’t killed them yet!

Love your writing style – started out real introspective and then wound up peppered with humor. Nice. Great photos too… :-)

I’m so envious of your cucumbers!

Cucumbers from the garden taste so fresh and clean that it doesn’t take long to finish one. We are enjoying them these days here, too.

It was nice to get a glimpse into your garden. My zucchini had lots of blooms but only 1 zucchini, so far :(

Lovely shots from your garden walk.

Oh, Peal; IYou made me wish to see your garden♪ Lovely pictures of the nature♡♡♡ I have the beetle post ready in the middle of next week p;)
Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs to from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

How very lovely!

Beautiful pictures, although I am not a fan of insects :) !

Wonderful garden photos!!
I’m thinking the bug that was gold that resembled the shape of a lady bug is actually called a goldbug….not sure tho.

Lovely photos. It’s true that dead heading plants make them grow more blooms. It tells them that they haven’t blossomed and need to do so! I love the colours in your beetle.

Oh, yes. Isn’t it hard to teach cats to ‘drop it!’ We charge at them and the captured critter usually takes off!

7 Aug 2014, 9:16pm
by anvilcloud

Sand, rock and clay: with emphasis on rock in the region.



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