Twenty Minutes in the Garden

Twenty Minutes In The Garden

This afternoon we had 50 mile an hour winds, not ideal for macro photography but the season is closing fast.
The first picture is moss forming on a Hawthorne tree.
moss on Hawthorne tree
The 2nd is the wild flower (Bell flower) seeding.
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Next is a Flea bane seeding.
Flea Bane
Very unusual In Central Ontario to see pole bean flowers. All the beans left on this plant are drying and saved for planting next spring.
Kentucky pole bean flower

TWENTY MINUTES IN THE GARDEN – SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

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Today walking the gardens life is busy around the wildflowers. Update: (I was so happy with the look of the flower, I overlooked the spider on it)

Aster ?
Bee on aster

I spotted a frog but when the flash went off he bolted. I wasn’t sure if I even got a picture.
Frog
There are lots of spider webs .Mosquito in web

When I tried to take a picture of a spider he kept running after bee’s and wasp that were hitting the web. I thought to myself I should stay close I might catch some action. The Mosquito hawk I took pictures of the other day, or one just like it landed in the web. The spider pounced and I started snapping.

Spider trapping his meal
I was amazed at the speed the spider worked.
Spider working diligently


And finally a petrified fly or something.

TWENTY MINUTES IN THE GARDEN – September 14, 2017

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I walked around my garden not expecting to find anything to take pictures of. Although the weather is beautiful out things are dying back fast

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I spotted a mosquito hawk hiding on a raspberry leaf.
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I’m not sure what this is but six of them are eating our asparagus.
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And this guy who is definitely not out of place.
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Summer is now hanging by a thread

Sunlight on a web

TWENTY MINUTES IN THE GARDEN – AUGUST 23, 2017

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Before I went outside I took a picture of a gift Rebel Girl gave her mother to go in her flower gardens. Our niece told her they were on sale last week. When they opened it the beak was off, and it was not in the box. My mother in-law is a very good gardener. I’m not bragging but I think she is award winning. We came home yesterday and her humming bird had a beak. After four or five unsuccessful guesses to what it was, she told us it was a thorn from one of our Hawthorne trees. It is solar powered and they are both wondering if it is too pretty for outside in the gardens. 🙂

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I spotted something yesterday making a mess of one of my dill plants. Today I knew exactly where I was going to take pictures. I cut the top off and sat down at the table to see what I had, there’s not much to see by eye. When I took the shot I knew it was a Caterpillar, the question is are you friendly or a nuisance? They might be American Butterflies. If anyone can identify this, I would love to know.

I then realized they were not alone.

I guess the moral question is do I intervene? I could squish the spider and bring the caterpillars inside, or just let nature take its course. I’ve never wanted outside interference in my life, so nature wins.

I propped the dill stem up on my table against my umbrella stand and will monitor daily if I can.

Never mind the dill, I found this cool wasp on our hummingbird feeder. I swear he posed for me. Who stops eating to look into a camera lens?
This is a bald-faced hornet.

TWENTY MINUTES IN THE GARDEN – AUGUST 22, 2017

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Today in the garden I found a shad fly ( Mayflies or  lake flies) on our shed. Very late in the season for this guy. They come out of the water to mate and cling to something on land and die. This one missed his mark by about two months. Our family cottage is ten minutes from my house, I remember as a kid watching cars run over them. Crunch, crunch, crunch. They are attracted to light, so finding him on our back shed with no light at this time of year is strange.

On my pole beans i found a half an earwig and a orange feather that the tendril is wrapping around, suspending it in mid air. I wonder if these two scenes are connected.

We purchased a chocolate mint called after eight this is the first time it has bloomed. We take the leaves and put them in vanilla ice cream, or dip them in melted chocolate. Just like an after eight.

TWENTY MINUTES IN THE GARDEN – AUGUST 20, 2017 (Sunday Special)

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Being Sunday, and a nice day, I took lots of pictures. The truth is I spent a couple of hours out here today. Aphids just hatched and spiders cleaning them up.

Random flowers and stuff. Snails and fluff. Calendula seed, bachelor button,  sun impatiens, and a poppy