Leading you up the Garden Path

This is a Cape Lappet Moth caterpiller, found yesterday on one of the wild plum trees.

Aeonian (Swartkop or Black Rose) still in bloom by the pond. When the flowers fall the plant will die, apparently.

Red Onions drying in the shed. These grew from a root cutting. Not very big but healthy. There are more seedlings on the way.

Wednesday is Gardening Day at our spot. Gives me an excuse to get out and muck in with Lucky, our gardener. He once told me he was named Lucky because he was born on the 25th December. A Christmas present to remember! 

An Angel in a cloud. I wonder if this will be declared a miracle?

This is not , in truth a good shot at all, but my Canon is on the blink and the other camera has no macro facility. My excuse and I’m sticking with it. I was trying to photograph the Hoverfly but it kept darting from one daisy to another. Then it made one ‘jump’ too many and the Crab Spider had it in an instant, moving so fast it took a moment for me to realise the reason it was so still was because it had been caught – Even I had not seen the crab spider. The garden can be lethal for some.

This onion was also grown from a cutting from a shop-bought white onion. I’ll collect the seed and next season, if I’m fortunate, we may have a decent crop.

King Chickens after digging in my potato patch. I was not a happy chap!

Female Fiscal Flycatcher

Blue Tower

More chips

Peas and …

… Carrots, naturally! Forest Gump anyone?

By any other name.

Number 7 taking a nap among the veg.

Pink & Blue.


26 thoughts on “Leading you up the Garden Path

  1. The shenanigans I have to go to just to post here is amazing. Head to WP, which asks me which of me I want to be today, and sends me back to blogger and then, ONLY then, can I actually come back here to post. rrrrrrr

    I love all of these, and had a good smile at the chickens hightailing it out of ‘your’ garden. You do realize they eat those bad bugs? That is a most impressive garden you have going there. It makes me want to get out my garden hat (next summer, of course) and start finding my way into the process again. It’s been too long.


    1. Yes, I know they eat the ”bad” bugs, but they scratch in the soil to get them . including the Tater Patch.
      They have free reign around the garden for an hour of so in the afternoon, I just have to be vigilant, that’s all.


      1. Although WP has had its own set of problems since its “upgrade” to Gutenberg.

        I’ve had to start reading blogs using MS Edge instead of Chrome because of all the glitches. Like so many other things in life, one has to ask: why couldn’t they have just left well enough alone?

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        1. Blogger decided last fall that we needed a facelift. Of course we did. We were comfortable, hung around in our socks and pj;s all day,..so they totally revamped the entire process, and now you get to format your very own blog. isnt that FUN?


          Everything comes out as one block of text, right justified. it’s utterly ugly. The only formatting i’ve been able to find is paragraph breaks. Yahoo did the same thing a few years back and screwed it up so badly it was unusable for about a year. “new and improved, my aunt fanny”.


      2. I think that’s the problem. I HAVE a WP account that i never use, I don’t like the format. But now that Blogger has decided to improve life for us over there that’s almost unusable too. Plus I have a Google account that tends to eat up everything else and put it’s own brand on it. we won’t even mention Yahoo. Its a wonder I can function at all.

        Right now if Im careful I can access this from where I am. By tomorrow, who knows.

        I don’t know how potatoes function in your part of the world, but around here the rule of thumb is to never plant them in the same ground two years running. I guess it messes with the potato bug’s head to wake up and find its free ride has moved. Again. I simply cannot tolerate potato bugs, i’d rather deal with spiders.


  2. Hello Ark. It still stuns me the crab spiders can catch and subdue prey so much bigger than themselves. Do the chickens eat the potatoes or just dig them up? Sorry but the angel in the cloud looked more like a big bat to me. And congrats to Number 7 doing the smart thing and dosing in the sun. Best wishes. Hugs

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  3. Well, surprise-surprise. First glance at the fly shot, I thought Ewwww! But then I read what you wrote, looked again, and saw the very yellow spider. Still not what I would call a “pleasant” shot, but fascinating nevertheless.

    Enjoyed all the others without any “ewwws.” 😉


    1. Thanks, Brian.
      I popped out this afternoon and there were a couple more on the tree.
      If they are still there tomorrow I may bring one inside and see if we can ‘make ‘ a moth!

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  4. The crab spider shot was excellent. Not only was it a surprise (for both the fly and for the viewers who found it hard to spot with its perfect camouflage) but it also kind of grossed Nan out. A win-win for you. Well done sir.

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    1. @ Ben
      Careful! She’s probably my favorite arachnophobe. As I do not have a lot of friends I tend to cherish those that I do.
      Can’t have her running off and saying nasty things about me and thee on her blog.

      Try this approach.
      ”There ,there, Nan. It’s a nice little spider. You can pat it gently if you like? It wont bite.”

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    1. You have a point, Brian. However, if we were to live next to, or on the same propery as my brother in law (There is a very large cottage ) all would be well in my world. He has a large enough garden and he likes to grow things as well.


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