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Banished!

Posted in food, gardening, nature with tags , , on August 8, 2011 by darcyarts

The grasshopper nibbled away the biggest sunflower reserve bud and this morning I banished him from the garden.

I cut the big head and set it by the tree where the squirrel gang vacuum up pounds of black sunflower seeds. I think the big sunflower can grow another flower. There is bud remaining.

You can see the discarded shells beneath the big head. The grasshopper was on the head when I moved it and I do not know his whereabouts at this time. Are squirrels carnivorous?

I hope the squirrels will find out that the sunflower head contains a bounty of seeds. They may be a little less than ripe but, hey, these are tough times.

If the squirrels don’t get it the clever blue jays will.

Squirrels have definitely knocked the head about some, to get to their seed stash. They’ve torn a bit of its flesh away and loosened a few petals.

We will see what happens next.

Do you think the grasshopper’s on his way back to the planter boxes?

Garden Delights

Posted in family, gardening, nature with tags , , on July 30, 2011 by darcyarts

So much green and nice yellow happening out in the planter boxes. The morning watering revealed treasures.

Our big sunflower grew from the bird seed we put in the yard. It’s gorgeous.

There are tiny bees on the face. They are hard to see in the photograph because they blend in so well. If you look closely you can see them (the little brown bumps) on the left side.

There were two grasshoppers on the smaller sunflower. They are doing a great job of nibbling it up.

I guess I should not want them in the garden but  . . . . If they head for the tomatoes they are history.