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Friday, July 24, 2009

It's a jungle around here

This is just ONE of my garden plots:o( The weeds have taken over. I have not been on my game this summer! Summers past a garden of mine would not have looked like this. My husband consoles me by saying summers past we didn't have bees:O)
Sooo last Saturday I got down to business and started to DEweed my little garden. Did I mention in the 10 things about myself that I get side tracked EXTREMELY easy?? Needless to say it's almost a week later and I'm still not finished.....I'll post "after" pics when I get it completed.
These little creatures are some of the reasons I got side tracked. Have you ever seen a beetle like this one before? Last year when I was deweeding (this same garden actually) my little chihuahua came running to me biting at her tummy and one of these things was attached to her skin pinching her with those things at the top of it's head. Talk about freaking out!!!! This one was on another mission though. It went on scurrying through the must have gotten lost because I kept seeing it from time to time trailing through and over the grass.
I found a little green lizard egg. See how tiny it is. I put it next to a dime for comparison. I also put it in an aquarium complete with it's surroundings. When it hatches I'll post pictures before I set it free. Did I mention I used to keep these things when I was little? My mom wouldn't let me bring them in the house so I set up an aquarium on the porch. One day I was holing a male and he blew up the little pink pouch under his neck....I ran my hand across it to see how it felt and it paper cut me just like a blade of grass. To this day I can't figure that one out. I've wanted to try it again to see if it was my "childhood" imagination but.....I think I can live without that knowledge for now.
I found this little Caterpillar nestled down in this clump of grass. Don't know what kind it is or what it will grow up to be. I was going to put it in the aquarium with the egg but when I came back to get it it had crawled away.....
And last but not least is this beautiful and unusual little spider. I've never seen one like this before. The angle that it was hanging and the sunlight made it hard to get a good shot at. Before I loaded these pics into my computer they looked really good on my camera. See if you can click on the pics to get a better view. My husband says he has me a new one on order......I can hardly wait...this one is covered in bee propolis and the lens won't even close anymore.
What's in your yard and garden????


  1. What a fun post! I LOVE the lizard egg! Do you have to keep the aquarium within a particular temperature range? I can't wait to see pictures of the baby! Very exciting.

    You know, we have those spiders around here too. I don't know what they are, but they are really cool looking. Most of ours are very tiny though - and some are very colorful.

    I don't know what that beetle is either, but pinching bugs terrify me! I avoid ear wigs at all cost. There is just something about a pinching bug that gives me the eeby jeebies! I don't mind looking at them, but I don't want them any where near getting on me.

    Hey - what are you doing sitting there reading this? Get out in that garden and weed!

    Love ya,

  2. Leave it to YOU to give me advice!;O) My poor garden will have to wait til maybe next week..we have a busy weekend! I have a site that I can post pics to and they will tell you what it is....trouble is I have to look it up:O) And I'm not in the shape to do that at this moment:O)BUT as soon as I find it again I WILL definately send it to you....K?
    I still have to call you maybe Sunday eve???
    Love Ya Lots!