At this time of the year, when it is nice and warm, lots of little insects love to hang out in my garden. This is a good time for this little jumping spider, to catch itself a meal. While it was climbing up my butterfly weed, I could get a hold of it in front of my lens. I always love, when a jumping spider “poses” for me. So did this one a few years back. ❤
“Hello! How are you? You must be the human, who planted this wonderful garden for all of us?”
I’m not a big fan of spiders. But I also know, they are very beneficial for our garden environment. Therefore they begin to fascinate me more and more. Katelynn and Sara usually give these garden friends a name, when they stick around longer than a few days.
While the water sprinkler was running in our raised bed garden, I captured some photos of the flowers, vegetables, and fairy light. I love May! It’s still comfortably warm, and everything begins to flourish after all the rain storms in March and April.
Our small garden is doing very well.
What would be a garden without fairies?
The yellow of the Tickseed accomplishes the dark color of the Canna Lily leaves.
“April Showers Bring May Flowers”
For the last couple of days, I waited that my geranium begins to bloom. This afternoon, I checked on the potted soil in our greenhouse. And lookie there! The geranium is in bloom. Aren’t the blossom beautiful? I love these pinkish colored flowers. Since this plant smells like citronella, it is a great mosquito repellent. I catch myself very often, rubbing my fingers on its leaves. Several years ago, I had a geranium. But I must have over-watered it. And unfortunately it didn’t survive. This season I gave it another shot. And it seems like, I’m getting rewarded for being a little bit more patient with it. ❤
I love these delicate little geranium blossoms.
Our geranium/mosquito repellent plant is in beautiful bloom.
This morning, the rain was so soothing that we slightly overslept. We still all made it to work and school in time. But Kevin usually gets up 30 minutes earlier than he did today. That half an hours is HIS wake up and shower time, before he wakes Sara and me up. Since Katelynn’s school begins much later, she can snooze another 45 min., before it is time for her to get up.
It is mild outside. Flora and Fauna can use all this precious water, before it will get hot in the upcoming several days. Kevin will be busy, mowing the lawn more frequently as well. But today, I just take the beauty of this soaking and cleansing rain in.
Our water fountain still operates in the rain.
I’ve got this garden stone from my neighbor across the street. When it is wet, the pattern in the stone looks so pretty.
A little bit of a touch of color from the Salvia “Hot Lips”
May has arrived, and finally we get warmer days and nights. The day temperatures are in the mid to upper 80s (28º-31ºC), while at night they are in the upper 50s to low 70s (15º-21ºC). This is perfect weather for our crop to grow in the raised beds. Kevin, the girls and I are excited that the peppers are getting bigger. The peach tree is heavy with fruits. And soon, we can harvest some Romaine Lettuce. I love dinners with fresh harvested salad from the backyard. Here are some photos I’ve captured from the raised bed garden, today.
Our cauliflowers are still small. I might have to harvest early. it is getting too warm for them, now.
“Humpty Dumpty” Dahlia
The Intruder: Cabbage White Butterfly 😦
Cubanelle Sweet Pepper
Green Onion Globe
Roseanne and I planted more vegetables and herbs in the Community Garden, this morning. She wanted to get some tomatoes, cucumbers, and sunflowers in her bed. In the meantime, I planted more herbs around my second bed. My tomato plants are doing very well. I’ve been doing something right. 🙂 The kale, the onions, and the savoy cabbage are coming along as well. They will be the next item to be harvested and going to the pantry.
While everything seems to do very well, my broccoli and the last year’s kale went into bloom. I just wait until they’ll go to seed. Then I can harvest those seeds for the next cool crop season. As long as the broccoli and the kale blooms, the Cabbage White butterfly enjoys the nectar of the bright yellow flowers. It just needs to stop laying eggs on the cabbages.
Cabbage White on Blooming Kale
Due to the nice weather, I sat on the front porch and watched some insects buzzing and fluttering around our Spring blooms. I’ve noticed a Common Gray Hairstreak fluttered and sat down on our pink sage (Salvia nemorosa). Since I take my camera almost everywhere, all I had to do is sit there and wait patiently for the butterfly to open its wings. Several photos later, a honeybee came for a visit in the flower garden. Mr. BuzzBuzz was so busy collecting nectar, it took me a little bit to get some good photos.
“Oh, hello there! I did not notice, you holding your lens in my face.”
Common Gray Hairstreak Butterfly
Common Gray Hairstreak Butterfly
This guy/gal has been through some rough moments.
I love this capture of the Common Gray Hairstreak and Mr. BuzzBuzz.
“Hmmm, delicious nectar!”
Busy Mr. BuzzBuzz