Today celebrates one year since I posted my first ‘Six on Saturday’. What fun and what a learning curve it has been. A year ago I featured my Fried Egg plant, Rose of Sharon, Aloe, Polygala (which I noticed today looks as if it is dying), small cuphea (still going strong) and a Viola. The Fried Egg plant started flowering much earlier this season compared to last year, as did the Rose of Sharon. This week as I ambled around the garden, I noticed some of the little things that normally go unnoticed or those that are taken for granted.
1. The white Dombeya is flowering, and a-buzzing with bees! I took a few close-up photos of one bee who seemed a little undecided. The bee hovered at the opening of the flower for a while before landing on a petal. The bee’s back legs had two distinct white lumps of pollen on them. These are known as the bees pollen baskets, or corbiculae. Pollen is a protein source for bees.
2. The Dombeya had other bugs on it as well as the bees, and this tiny spider caught my eye. It had spun its web just above the surface of a leaf. Notice the zig-zag pattern of the web, and that the spider is sitting with its legs in pairs.
3. Earlier on this year I discovered a nest of beneficial wasps. They had constructed their nest right under the arch leading into the garden. The link to that post is HERE. The nest has been abandoned. Looking at the other side of the nest you notice that each little egg cells are empty as the tiny wasps have emerged and left the nest.
4. I found another little nest in the garden, this time belonging to (I’m guessing) the Golden Orb spider. You can tell this as the web fibres are a golden colour and are very strong. Tiny spiders will eventually emerge from this nest, and if no predator find them they will scatter into the garden. This little egg case has been attached to the underside of one of the leaves of the large Bromeliad.
5. While I was cutting off the dieback from one of my small potted roses this week, I noticed a slight movement in the rose bush out of the corner of my eye.
At first I could not see what it was, but when it moved again, I looked a little harder, and spotted it!!
A very well camouflaged stick insect!! Isn’t nature amazing?
6. Despite the cold weather there are still some moths and butterflies fluttering around…. oh, and mosquitoes, unfortunately! This little butterfly was sipping nectar from a Calendula flower. If you look closely you can see its proboscis stretching out to reach the nectar.
There is such a variety of things to see in everyone’s garden, so take a look at The Propagator’s blog, and in the comments section view the links to other gardeners from around the world. Happy gardening!