Friday, June 11, 2010

A week of rain

Things I have learned this week~

1. I actually enjoy weeding in the rain.
2. I need more than two pairs of gardening gloves as I used winter gloves and work gloves as my regular gloves were not dried out yet from the rainy weeding.
3. It is Murphy's Law that the nursery order of 36 plants will arrive during a week of pouring rain.
4. I hate planting in the rain.

Highlights this week~

1. Watching our fox family play. They will be heading into deeper woods soon.

2. The bee-fest on the Cornflowers~Centaurea Montana once the rain stopped. The air was truly abuzz.

3. The different textures and shapes found on a walk.

4. The Azalea. Gorgeous. We trimmed out a bunch of trees around it last year and it is obviously very grateful.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Surprise!

This Spring I came upon this *egg sac thingy* and had no idea what it was. I have an irrational spider fear and that was all I was envisioning, one big spider or four million tiny ones.

Over the weekend I had my family over and was taking a walk around the property with my mom, looking at all the plants. I took her to see the sac and I was shocked to see what was there!

That morning, a Cecropia or Robin Moth had just emerged from their cocoon!

I had never seen anything like it! We gathered everyone around to see this beautiful creature. It was gently fanning it's wings to dry them out and fill them up with blood.

This moth is the largest moth in North America.

The next morning I went to bring the compost out and went to take a photo of the empty cocoon and was met with another surprise.

A male Cecropia had found the female from yesterday and they were mating.

They continued mating all day long. I guess if you only mate once in your life, make it a good one!