The Bee Assassin Bug, Apiomerus crassipes. WHO KNEW! ? I am very familiar with solid black assassin bug that eats many insect pests but this is my first sighting of the red and black Bee Assassin Bug! Hiding (in clear view) on my Russian Sage which is covered in… GUESS WHAT… BEES
It sadly had a little bee in its clutches and was not about to let this treasure go. The good news is that it not only consumes bees but other critters that might be considered “bad news” for our gardens. So live and let live as the saying goes on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
My neighbors have hired a crew to bulldoze and haul off, in dump trucks, their Forsythia hedge. You can see it gone on the right side of the driveway and the left is in process of being bulldozed.
I know you can do what u want with your property but give a little thought to our critters before you spend thousands of dollars to destroy nature. Foxes, skunks, chipmunks, birds, and other wildlife rely on bushy areas for cover.
We continue to think we can beat nature, mowing it down and ripping it out. May be we should work with it instead of against it.
I’m glad I expanded my Forsythia hedge, may be the poor critters will come over here for cover!
Meet Sylvie, my shipping manager for my Etsy Shop, http://ForsythiaHill.etsy.com.
What a funny little cat.
Year #4 with NO BEANS. For years our vegetable garden has been plagued with critters eating up all our beans and this year they decided that wasn’t enough and began on the tomatoes. Last year I trapped a baby rabbit and this year it was a mouse.
Fortunately I have a little elevated garden on our back deck porch which so far has been protected against vermin chewing. Pots of tomatoes, peppers, basil, and eggplants are all coming along nicely. I’ve also found that growing peppers in pots produces many more peppers. I think it’s because our deck is much hotter and gets more sun than our garden.
I found a wee baby Tomato Hornworm today on one of my Pepper Plants and relocated it to another plant that it likes to chew on, my white trumpet Nicotiana Sylvestris. This plant has huge leaves and can host many Hornworms. The worms are only interested in the green foliage and the won’t damage the pretty blooms.
My second photo shows Hornworm poop! Yes, those little black dots are hornworm poop and a good way to track down the little critter on your plant.
The worms will turn into the beautiful and fascinating Hawk Moths which are night time pollinators. I’ve learned to grow both plants so I can have my cake (i mean peppers) and eat it too.
I just finished reading the book Tess that I discovered in my stack of books that used to belong to my Grandmother.
It’s such a good read. I noticed afterwards that my Great Grandmother gave this book to my Grandmother for Christmas 99 years ago! !
A swirl of emotions… mixed with ending the book and the fact that I had in my hands something passed down 4 generations!
Pretty little yellow bees in the garden on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Baby Eastern American Toads. I upturn several stacked clay pot bottoms on the stairs leading into our swimming pool so they can climb up on them and escape from the pool (otherwise they will drown). They are too little to hop out so we help them.
Only 1” now and will grow to 2” - 4”. Toads are so beneficial, eating many insect pests. So keep the pesticides out of your yard! They are the first to feel the effects.
Odd Gloriosa Daisy. This one bloom is an oddball in my big patch of yellow and rust Gloriosa Daisies. I’ll collect the seed from just this one bloom and see what I get next year ————————————— an interesting experiment.
This just might be the prettiest Hydrangea blossom I’ve ever seen, named Youmefive, in Sue’s garden in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Hydrangeas turn pink or blue based on the soil PH - this one seems to have decided to be a little acid and alkaline, mixing between the 2 colors.
My perennial Hibiscus in pink and white in Charlottesville, Virginia. They come back faithfully every year in July on Forsythia Hill.
It’s a plant that gets about 5’ tall and stays upright - doesn’t flop over. I’m not sure I can have a garden without it - a must have. I look forward to it every year. It’s stunning.
I love to watch how this one perennial flower bed transforms itself each year. I have not added any plants to this flower bed - they all hide underground throughout the winter in Virginia awaiting to emerge!
It’s hard to believe that it begins as a dirt plot. The Daffodils open first, then the yellow Climbing Lady Banks over the door does its thing, then the climber action rotates over to the Coral native Honeysuckle Vine and yellow Hosta leaves unfurl. The purple Iris takes over and then onto the roses and yellow Daylilies. Finally the Fushia Star Gazer Lily bursts open and the little purple Thymes begin attracting all sorts of pollinators.
Hard to believe that August can top this!
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Snickers the Yellow Cat among the flowering Porch Pots.
A neighbor’s cat at my friend’s house who is always on her porch when I come over —- hum —- seems Snickers likes it better away from home!
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