Creatures of Yard and Garden

Just a few of the interesting guys (or gals!) who have surfaced lately…

walking stick
have you ever seen a walking stick?

who am I?
no idea what sort of caterpillar this is…

some kinda wasp
dg probably knows the scientific name for this ~ I think it’s a (harmless to humans) parasitic wasp

OK, enough insects…

baby chickadees
a family of baby chickadees has been hanging around…

ovenbird!
took me awhile to figure this one out ~ there were several out under the woodpile the other day ~ ovenbird!

scarlet tanager
scarlet tanager!

hermit thrush
this little hermit thrush loves the pond ~ when they sing, they sound like bells…

squeak
little miss squeaker is quite elderly ~ she spent the day outside while her room was scrubbed down

squeaker
she loved the carrots!

At last, a few days with temps over 70 have provided the garden with just the nudge it needed to start producing in earnest. We’ve been picking cucumbers like crazy, banana peppers like mad, and a few other odds and ends like bell peppers, dusky variety eggplant, and the odd cherry tomato. Fairytale brinjals are next in line and I hope the beans aren’t far behind. There are two varieties of pole beans, and some long beans and papdi beans have flowered along with the horticultural beans mom sent.

dusky eggplant
this dusky eggplant looks like the big bitter variety, but it’s sweet and tender

wall o'beans
one side of the wall o’beans!

beautiful bean flower
at last I caught the beautiful purple long bean flower open!

garden entrance
the entrance to the garden has been taken over by the lebanese squash ~ no end in sight!

Meanwhile, back in the house…

pakoras!
I made some pakoras with fresh picked veggies including lots of my fav, peppers ~ yum :)

pinksgibby
pinks and gibby form a tenuous friendship ~ sharing space but studiously ignoring one another ;)

I can’t wait to get outside in the morning — it was over 90F today so I expect the cucumbers will be thick.
How does your garden grow?

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6 Comments »

  1. Mona said

    Nicely captured insect…..

    Thanks Mona — after visiting your blog I take that as a real compliment! Your photos are gorgeous :)

  2. You made me jealous Linda. Lovely. I want a glimpse of the beans and the Lebanese squash. Those pakoras with the fresh veggies – want some.

    Rainy-day pakoras, coming right up just for you ISG! Picked two (that’s 2) long beans today; they’re slow coming on, but lots more blossoms now :) Lebanese squash, I wish I could send you a dozen — they are prolific!

  3. sraca said

    I was wondering if a praying mantis and walking stick insect were the same. I could do with some pakoras now!

    Pakoras for you too, Sra! I had never seen a walking stick until the other day. The praying mantis I have seen — they are much brighter green in comparison.

    • sra said

      Yikes, why am I called Sraca?

      You have a Canadian alter-ego? ;)

  4. vineela said

    Hi Linda,

    Nice backyard and yummy pakoras.Cute kitties and colorful birds.

    Thanks for sharing

    vineela

    Hi Vineela! I’m so happy to see you here — hope you and your family are doing well! Glad you liked the pics :) All the best!

  5. shammi said

    Pakoras, yummy. Caterpillars, not so much :( Not fond of creepy crawlies one bit. Not the least because they eat what I’m trying so hard to grow for ME to eat! :)

    tee hee… don’t worry Shammi, I won’t be cooking up any creepy crawly pakoras anytime soon ;) I feel your garden pain!

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