2017 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Temporary

2017 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

“This week, show us something you appreciate
despite —or even because of — its short shelf life.”

I appreciate snow and icicles as long as they’re temporary.
We haven’t had a major snowfall in awhile, so
I went through my photos in search of snow and ice.
These 2 photos are a couple of my favorites from 2010.

 Wishing you all fun with the WP photo challenge!




Herb bed, Rose Cutting, a Chrysalis and stormy weather

We cleaned up the herb bed Sunday.
We cut back the Stevia and pulled up and bagged the dead herbs and flowers.
It looks better, but still sad after the lush year it had.
I discovered that my accidental rose cutting is trying to bud.
I’m so surprised. I doubt the weather stays warm long enough for it to bloom, but I’ll keep an eye on it and see how far along it gets.
My husband came in from working outside and told me to come and look at something. He said it was something I needed to see.
I followed him to the shed with my camera in hand.
He pointed to a space in the shed door and said, “Look at that.”
I was so tickled to see a black swallowtail butterfly chrysalis in the space. It’s overwintering there. How cool is that?
It’s been storming all night here and it’s still going on. It’s the whole show complete with lightning and sound effects along with curtains of wind and rain. Shelibean is not happy at all. He’s snuggled down under a blanket beside me feeling quite protected from the weather-at-large.

Here’s wishing you all gentle weather this Tuesday.


My Basil was being bugged

As it turns out, my mesh cover keeps out most of the insects, however there is one kind of insect that evidently was able to get through… the fruit fly or what we call a fruit fly.
I didn’t know that they were in the basil. Each evening when I’d bring the basil inside and set it on the window sill, unbeknownst to us, fruit flies would get out and fly around the house. We’d chase them down and kill them and wonder where they heck they came from. It wasn’t until I saw one inside the mesh of the basil container that I figured out where the little buggers was coming from and it all made sense. I figure they must’ve got on the soil and laid eggs. Yuck!
Since I didn’t want to toss my basil, I decided to use a little natural control on them.
I got out my bag of ‘Diamaceous Earth – Food Grade’ also called ‘DE’ and covered the soil heavily. As long as it stays dry, it’s effective against insects.
I’ve always watered the basil from the bottom tray. It helps keep the roots deeper in the soil. So, I’m good there.So far so good on keeping the fruit flies controlled.

‘Diamaceous Earth – Food Grade’ is a natural pest control. The way DE works is it scratches the spiders/insects/bugs exoskeleton and causes them to dehydrate and die.

If you plan to try ‘Diamaceous Earth’, make sure you use ‘Food Grade’.  And also, do the research and read all you can about it. There’s safety measures that need to be followed if it’s used on a larger scale than I have used it here in my basil container.

I hope you all have a pest-free rest of the week!






8 o’clocks

We’ve been keeping an eye on a volunteer plant that has grew in the corner of the porch and house. It’s done well and has only a bit of bug damage. We’re hoping it continues to survive.You may wonder what it is about the plant that has interested us so. The thing about this plant is that I believe it to be an 8 o’clock (a variety of evening primrose, king’s cure-all, fever plant).

Over a decade ago, we raised some 8 o’clocks for a couple of seasons. We had to stop because of Japanese Beetles. Those evil little bugs infested our patch of 8 o’clocks like a plague. It was horrid. And of course, they didn’t stop with the 8 o’clocks, they ate our corn in the garden and our roses too.
So, sadly we dug up the 8 o’clocks and bagged them up and tossed them in the local convenience center.
It solved the Japanese beetle problem. We had very few japanese beetles from then on.

If the plant growing in the corner is in fact an 8 o’clock, then the seed would have had to have been lying there buried deep enough to be dormant for around 13 years. Amazing, it is.
8 o’clocks are biennial, so if it survives the winter, it should grow a stalk and bloom next year.

Okay, now for the coolest part about an 8 o’clcok.
The part that I absolutely go silly for…
At 8 o’clock in the evening you can watch the bloom pods begin to move and then burst open in full bloom. (Okay, ours was more of an 8:15 o’clock,) but each evening you could see us sitting outside in the flower bed staring at the buds. It was one of the coolest things, almost magical.The blooms close when the morning comes.

My photo of the blooms is from 2004, it’s the only good photo of the 8 o’clocks I have. I had a small digital camera back then and I wasn’t very efficient at using it.
Now I have a better camera, so I hope that the green plant is an 8 o’clock. I would love to set up my camera and make a movie of it as it bursts open in bloom.

I’m looking forward to next year and seeing if the green plant in the corner is an 8 o’clock.

Have you ever watched a flower bloom in real time?


Impatiens, Basil, Marigolds and a Dandelion

The cool nights are starting to cause my impatiens leaves to turn yellow. Just a note here, if you ever wonder what variety of flowers do well growing in the shade or in a pot in the shade, impatiens are the way to go. I discovered their shade loving this year. I originally planted these two plants in the flower bed, but they about melted away in the sunshine. I hadn’t realized that the sunshine would do that much harm to them. I transplanted them in to pots and set them on our table on the back porch. They have grown and flourished. I plan to buy a few of them next year. We enjoy having flowers blooming on the porch and these impatiens have lasted the entire season.~*~
My basil is looking well. I transplanted it to a larger pot.
I set it outside when the weather allows and bring it in at night.
I’m happy with it’s progress so far.~*~
Earlier this Summer I tossed some of the dead-marigold-blooms in the end of one of our small flowerbeds. I thought nothing of it until some little plants started growing. Wow, they look better and are thriving better than the original ones we bought from the nursery. I think that’s pretty neat.~*~
I thought of the first ‘Ice Age’ movie when I
saw this lovely dandelion bloom.
I smiled, took a photo and wondered if
“it is the last dandelion of the season.”
If it’s Autumn in your region,
are the flowers still blooming
or has it been too cold?