Thursday, April 17, 2008
These are for you.
Actually, I didn't pick them , only clasped them for a moment ... so they aren't going to arrive any time soon as they are still growing by the back porch.
(Yes, I mowed around them last weekend)
When I was a kid and needed to bring Mom some flowers, it was most often Fleabane ... which we kids just called "Daisies".
Near the aft port side of PFHQ, there grows a mystery patch of fleabane. It's dense with plants that fill a 3x2 foot area between a backdoor stoop and the house corner. It looks like a small planted bed of flowers ... so perfect and thick with plants.
None of us remember planting them although the seeds can be bought. It just seems an oddity because usually this plant is scattered here and there in the yard.
It's the kind of mini-mystery Pablo might ponder on his fine blog, RoundRock Journal.
However, they got here, whether it was us or flowerindipity, they are welcome.
The fleabane has been a bit of a bug magnet lately.
Here are a few of the visitors.
This butterfly was the prettiest thing to visit while I was there.
It had a very twitchy back end ... the two extensions were bobbing up and down while it fed.
I don't know any of these insects personally, so I'll leave it up to you to ID them ... or not.
If you think about how small fleabane flowers are, you can get a sense of this bug's miniscule size. He's got a neat pattern and he was extremely busy except when he stopped to dive head first into the yellow centers of the flowers.
This looks like someone's larvae ... maybe a lady bug?
I know I should spend more time learning my insects, but my brain is full of other stuff ...
I almost stopped those wings, but he was faster than me.
Have a great Thursday and don't forget to smell the fleabane while ye may.