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Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Normally, I don’t like bugs but…

Yesterday, after going to an overpiced garage sale with the eBay Queen.

Definitely overpriced.

I thought I was going to get a box full of yarn ~ not beautiful yarn, just old acrylic for 3.00. When I went to purchase said yarn, a bag of tan and ivory yarn was pulled out and priced at an addition 5.00. Not exactly the bargain I was hoping for.

ANYWAY. We came home to find a bunch of these little buggers on the bee balm I had planted last year.

First: Look at the bee balm:

 

The blooms are a little old (they’ve been out for almost 2 weeks), but they are still beautiful.

See, I found it growing in the back of our property, and planted 4 super skinny stalks of it last year. 4 single stalks. This year they have taken over the garden, and appear to have cross-pollinated with the pink dwarf bee balm to create a super tall fuschia colored flower! It is amazing!

Rosie loves them too. Don’t mind the weeds… or the pixel ridden photo. I’m trying Picasa out, and well… may have gotten a little carried away with the sharpening tool.

 

But I digress….

When the queen and I came home, we saw about 20 of these:

Looks like a honeybee, right?

Look again:

Now it looks like a baby hummingbird!

Now it looks like a bee again…

 

Because I’m a nerd. And because I like to learn about goofy things, I did some research and looked these bad boys up.

Apparently, this is called a hummingbird moth! There are several different species, but our lovely Kansas bee balm pollenating buggies are called Snowberry Clearwing Humminbird Moths. They are just babies as they can get up to 2 inches in size. (I saw some of the larger moths yesterday, but they little ones were around for me to photograph today.)

I think they are pretty darn cute.

Almost Perfection…

In addition to being a huge coffee fanatic… I am also a tea drinker.  Iced tea is my drink of choice during the day, and, although I know it is purely psychological, I always have at least one favorite glass that I must wash every day and drink out of.  (Small things make me happy…) Last Thursday, while making a Starbucks stop with my family, I found the PERFECT glass for this summer:


I bought the eBay Queen two of these babies, because it was her birthday. She had only seen them on eBay, and she really, REALLY wanted one. I bought myself one. Today, I took my new favorite glass outside with me to do some gardening:


It was a perfect day to garden. (See that little rosebush?  It grew by surprise, I think it re-seeded itself, or whatever roses do produce more plants, just this year.) It was not too hot, or humid, and my iced tea in my new favorite glass made it even better… But sometimes little hoodlums like to drink my tea and….


My once perfect glass, is no longer perfect.  The plastic straw is creased and bent… This kind of thing happens to alot of the items I own and enjoy. :(    It’s alright… I have plans to get two of my brothers (the third one is just a baby) back whenever they get married.  See, the eBay Queen and I are keeping a list, and photographic evidence…  Just remember that boys….