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Halloween Pumpkin Ripened — and Rotted — Too Early! October 19, 2014

Filed under: Everything Under the Sun — explorergarden @ 6:41 am

pumpkin 2014 pumpkin 2014 3 pumpkin 2014 2I tried growing a Big Max pumpkin this year for the first time, but my watering system went on the fritz and it ripened too early. Now, as Halloween approaches, it is entering a ghoulish stage of decomposition.

 

Life and Death in the Garden October 10, 2014

Filed under: Animals,Gardening,Inspiration — explorergarden @ 5:15 pm

Visiting Wichita, Kansas last week, I was impressed to see a front-page article on the return of the Monarch butterflies on their southern migration. http://www.kansas.com/living/home-garden/annie-calovich/article2497920.html

After 3 years of low butterfly numbers, the people of Wichita have planted lots of milkweed, and the butterflies were out in force.

wichita buttterflies 2 wichita butterflies 1

 

And the monarchs weren’t the only ones. At my friend Margie’s house, there were butterflies of all sorts on her butterfly bush, along with some more deadly critters, such as this giant Assassin bug eating a wasp.

assasin bug 1assasin bug 2 assasin bug 3

 

 
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