Nature

Lucky In Love

In the wee hours of a summer morning (9 a.m. for a Lymie), I scour the flowerbeds for the impostors, unwelcome beetles who enjoy destroying the bounty intended for bees, butterflies and birds. A common checkered skipper flew up for breakfast on a neighboring salvia....

Peek A Boo!

Hey Chester, don’t chya think your shack is cramping your style? What will the ladies think when you take them back here? Sure, it’s got style. It’s got comfort. It’s got class. But what it doesn’t have, is a decent place to shag. And we all know how much katydids...

When Dying is an Art

An older lady rests on a zinnia as the sun rises. Her grayish fur and tattered wings are a clue to her longevity and provoke the imagination of her many adventures. Bees don’t fear death because the story is not about them. I don't need to look any further than my...

Take a Load off Fanny

"Hey lady can you tell me, where a bee might find a bed?" She just grinned and shook her head, "There," was all she said. Another bumble settled in for the night, this time on a cosmo. I can't help but be tickled by these creatures! I love them to...

Damsels and Dragons in the Garden, Oh My!

If you plant it, they will come. Finally! I've been waiting to see a damselfly or dragonfly in my garden. This is a dameselfly. With all the walking I do with the dogs, I get to see them often throughout the mountains but never carry my big lens with me on a dog walk....

Lifeguard on Duty

In our fountain-pond, we used to have floating flowers so bees and birds could enjoy the water without drowning. Unfortunately, they didn't hold up to the harshness of the winter or changing temperatures. So now I'm a lifeguard. Every night, I fish out one or two bees...

Everybody Wants to be A DJ

"Hey Arthur! You are growing quickly! What would like to be when you grow up?" "An astronaut. Or maybe a D.J.," he replied. Everybody wants to be a D.J. I just want to be a drummer. Alas! Nobody on social media got my joke. If you listen to tech music, which I...

They’re Baaaaak!

I was getting a bit worried because last April, we had crickets singing love songs every evening. This year, it's been ominously quiet. But now they are turning up in the Osteospermums by the dozens and they are growing and getting greener every day. Welcome baby...

Is There a Support Group for Gardening Addiction?

"Daddy-O, how much do you think she'll pay us to make her potted plants look better by sitting next to them?" "Princess, we did not negotiate our contract prior to the job. Maybe we should unionize." This year, I swore to myself I would NOT spend every weekend at the...

Wile E. Coyote in the Fur

"What the heck is your problem," asks Wile E. in response to the cracker yelling HBO words at him. "Alls I'm doin is standing here, minding my own business, looking for that rascally Road Runner. Why all the noise?" One day last week, after our walkies, the cracker...

Bee-Hind

I've been a bit bee-hind in posting photos and stories. What can I say? It's hard to stay vertical when you are constantly about to toss your cookies. I took this week off Lyme meds just to catch up all the things happening in the garden's macro world and the cracker...

The Buzz Around the Garden

Every morning, the ceononthus plants are covered in a variety of pollinating insects from honey bees, to bumble bees (pictured here), to hoverflies and butterflies. For the most part, they all peacefully work together, collecting pollen and ignoring me as I watch and...

Expecting

In other news, for all those who continue to wonder if Mr. Wild Dingo and I will have a baby, I'm pleased to announce we are expecting! We're registered at Baby-Mantids-R-Us. For anyone who wants to knit, I'll need about 400 pairs of socks and hats. Due date is 3-8...

Hump Day

Happy Hump Day! Here's your Money Shot. I think it's time for a career change, perhaps in ladybug porn,...

Help! I’ve Climbed Up and I Can’t Get Down!

Poor Javier. He found himself on top of the backside of the outdoor love seat. He scrambled back and forth looking for a way down for better hunting grounds. Jumping spiders are active hunters and don't weave webs. Instead, they use a silk tether to leap to their...

Monday Morning Bee Like…

This is me. Only I was tossing my cookies rather than eating them like this bumble here. And my bucket is green. Lyme disease...

War on Aphids

If you're wondering where I've been, I've been fighting the War on Aphids in my garden. One day, early this spring, I noticed a ball of "spit" on one of my Guara plants. So I looked it up on the Internet and found out they are spittle bugs. I took some photos of these...

Mesmerized

As I was leaving for an appointment today, I found this adorable banana slug dining on a mushroom. I didn't have my camera so I shot it with my cell phone. This little guy was really into tonight's meal: they simply adore decaying mushrooms.  Banana slugs, unlike...

The Daily Garden

"I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. I can see all the Popsicles in my way."  Alternative Lyrics from my childhood. I'm listening as hard as I can, but I cannot hear laughter in the rain. Not a single giggle. Not even a snicker. Yes, I'm stuck in the 70's music...

Devious Adventures in Gardening

April Showers bring Chive Flowers Aging is a work of art. But every creation goes through that awkward phase. Tacit sorrows: Is it weird that my onion made itself cry? Raindrops on an unopened chive's allium flower/seed pod. Manic Magnolia -- Magnolia season is...

April Fools

I don't know about you all, but I'm feeling nostalgic for the days of when wearing Mom Jeans was the big scandal in Washington. (Thanks Obama!) It's exhausting waiting for this administration to implode. Of all the changes that this administration is doing, climate...

Random Reflections

A redwood reflection in the bloom of the nectarine tree. This tree in flower bloom is superb! I had no idea. The boy in the blueberry bush bubble. The cracker photobombed me again. He just has to be the center of attention. Nothing wrong with...

Fairy Facts

The Bay Area housing crisis has finally affected Fairies. Fairy condominium complexes have sprung up all over Santa Cruz Mountains in tight locations trying to pack in as many fairies as possible. If you’re looking for Fairies, here’s a brilliant, highly-scientific...

Days of our Chives

Life is is filled with infinite choices. With  Lyme disease, your choices are ruthlessly limited. I’m always measuring how many matches are in my book and deciding on how to use them. I don't get to cram in as much as a normal person can in a day. Instead, I basically...

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