When I realized I had to dig out so many plants, for a moment I felt sad…I marched from the front to the back of the house (for Ted’s benefit) humming a funeral march. But it’s ok…What are these bees? They love to visit the Echinacea. Notice their pollen loaded “bloomers”.
Grasshoppers molt. They outgrow their body. It’s the way they get bigger. Look carefully in about the middle of this picture and you can see the grasshoppers empty outer shell. We have so many! I find tiny hoppers, medium size hoppers and lately some bigger hoppers. On cooler mornings they tend to be slower and I admit to catching them and while holding on to their “elbows” placing them under my shoe and stepping on them. If they hop against a wall, I have been known to take off a sandal and smack them! But, I use no chemicals. A girl has got to do what a girl has got to do. A garden without chemicals is blessed with good insects and birds. I am just helping them out.
I love our mornings in the garden. Sometimes I just sit and look.