Times are changing for this large pecan tree also, expedited by the recent cold snap. The browning foliage looks spectacular right now against the blue sky days we are experiencing. I am still watering as if it is summer, the ground is still so dry, and there is still no rain in sight!
I have been taking advantage of this cooler weather by doing things in the yard that I had postponed in the Hell days of summer. The most disturbing of these was the shed “clean” up. I dont know if you remember
This summer I was a late setting some poison out, and one “Ratatouille” turned into quite a few. I fixed the vent where they were getting in, and a couple of them “passed away” inside the shed. Needless to say I avoided going into the shed as much as possible. The combination of 100 degree temps (120 inside the shed) and a decomposing rat or two is a disastrous combination beyond belief. I felt like I should tape up
to a “what is that?, can you smell that?, oh yes now I remember”.
The recent bulk collection prompted my venture back inside the shed for a deep clean up. I will not go into details here, but lets just say there were moments of retching in between scrubbing, scraping and disinfecting, and some scrubbing, scraping and disinfecting in between retching. I got rid of so much clutter, sterilized everything, and now look at it:
Ahhh! order is restored again, and what is that, some empty shelf space? unheard of.
I learned a gruesome lesson here, one I never want to repeat…ever.
Now here is another tragic tale, I mean wing.
I found this dismembered Swallowtail wing on my pathway.
Perhaps this predator was the perpetrator:?
Here is a happier Swallowtail with two wings, I caught this one on my satsuma orange tree,
Here she is in her finest angelic glory, busy laying eggs in the citrus. If you look closely at the top picture, is that an egg? You can see a couple more eggs on the image on the right. I never realized Swallowtail eggs were that big.
Here is the young tree’s only fruit of the year.
The bark on this tree is also interesting.
On a furrier note
As close as I can tell this is a true brushfoot:
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui
the wing structure looks different though. Any ideas?I snapped a few images of this guy (whoever he is) all around
the garden in the last couple of weeks.
Copper Canyon Daisy Tagetes Lemmonii, a great companion
plant to other fall bloomers such as Mexican Bush Sage and
Fall Aster. Always a dependable bloomer, I like the way the blooms contrast my containered burgundy Canna Lilly.
Stay Tuned for:
“Dry as a Bone”
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