Saturday, June 14, 2008
Naked pictures of hairy men with their weens hanging out
Oh yeah! Another gardening post! Take it and like it, baby!
Clematis Niobe, new and old blossoms
"Sweet William"...my father in law's name is Bill. Nuff said!
Blue camps come up everywhere, and I let them. Come on...they're blue!
Arty shot of new little Diascia leaves and buds. Diascia is sold as an annual and is used in making hanging baskets. I found that it perennializes like a champ for me and I have it all over the place.
My weeping Alder, a popular rat bivouac.
I have the underside of this tree caved out so that it makes a fort. I like to take my Barbies under there and play Jungle Explorer.
Under the weeping alder. No one can see me! I'm hiding! I can see the garbage can, but it can't see me! *snork!*
Another arty shot, yellow columbine against centranthus ruber. Yeah, you've seen them before. And you're seeing them again now, huh! There ya go, then!
A cluster of tiny, newborn spiders warming in the sun before they rappel out and blow away on their little silk strands. Wherever they land is where they'll stay for the rest of their lives.
Another arty shot! Lucky you! Papaver nudicaule surrounded by pretty foliage. PRETTY, DAMMIT!
Substandard, crappy shot of the cornflower that I have coming up everyplace. This is what is meant when someone describes something as 'cornflower blue'. Minus the hunks of gravel and the sticks and stuff, of course.
Another arty shot! Wow! Watch out Diane Arbus! (which should be easy for her seeing as she's all dead and stuff.)
I tried to get a detail of what bumblebee 'damage' looks like. This is caused by the larger bees, which can force their funnel-like mouthparts through the structure of the petal and draw out the nectar from the spurs. If you see this, DON'T SPRAY. Because I will come smack you down.
Here it is a little better. You can see the spur has actually been clipped away.
A columbine is designed to be moth and hummingbird pollinated, but the bumbles get hungry too. This doesn't kill the plant or even cause the blossom to die. It doesn't effect the production of seed either. DON'T SPRAY. BUMBLEBEES ARE NICE AND ARE OUR FRIENDS.
See? Here is a nice bumblebee. Is it trying to break into my house that needs painting and yes I'm going to be doing that this August so shut up? No, it is having a sip of nectar from the linnarea there. LEAVE THE NICE BUMBLEBEES ALONE.
And so, as the sun slowly disappears down the gullet of a cosmic anaconda we bid a fond farewell to Rancho FirstNations. I am under the alder tree out of frame to the left there waving 'bye bye'.
...oh OK, fine. Here:
What? It's Flag Day! He's flying his! Are you flying yours?