Saturday, I was picking bugs off the lillies. I don’t know what these red bugs are but they will decimate a lilly patch in no time. Then, they move on to asparagus fronds. I’m loving all the time in the garden, (even the bug picking) and thankful for it because things around here have been very stressful. When things get tough, I go into seclusion but my good old friend of 20 years caught wind of what was going on and was having none of it. She showed up unexpectedly and dragged me away on a surprise “field trip”. We went out to breakfast and then went tag saling. It was a fun day. It was good to get out. it was fun to look at a lot of “junk” and mentally transform it into something fun or pretty or useful. It was great spending the day with a wonderful friend. I found a vintage serving bowl in perfect condition and a beat up, wooden sewing box table. The cost was $7 for both and a metal plant stand was thrown in for free. The sewing box table is cheap wood and not worth doing a lot of hand painting on. I decopauged it instead and replaced the handle with a glass dresser knob. This was a quick, fun project and will be a good thing to keep my threads and needles in.
We call plants that self sow and sprout up on their own, Volunteers. All the Foxgloves in my yard are Volunteers and I never have the heart to pull any of them. They are highly poisonous but so very beautiful!
Climbing Hydrangea is blooming. It’s great in shady places, grows quickly and anchors itself to fencing. New plants are started easily with cuttings. It can be a bit aggressive.
I saw this big, glittery bug hanging by its feet from a spiderweb. Its wings were beating frantically. Without even thinking, I plucked it out of the web. The hind legs and one antennae were all stuck together. I didn’t want to leave it like that so I untangled it and got the stickiness off with my fingernail. It took a long time and I was afraid that I was hurting the poor thing. When I was finally done, the bug climbed a lily, checked himself over and then flew away. Does anyone know what kind of bug this is?
Ironically, while I was trying to help this bug I noticed a tic on my leg and mercilessly crushed it.