Earwigs and other garden creatures etc.

This morning I saw a big toad hopping through the northside garden. And this is the year of the earwig–we have them everywhere in huge numbers. The hummingbird moths are out every evening. And small, fuzzy white caterpillars have been dropping like little parachutists all over the yard and garden lately. Monarchs, swallowtails, and admiral butterflies are more numerous in the last week than before. I have not captured any of these critters on camera, however.

I had my sister and her family here as guests last week. Her husband and son, in the blazing hot sun, pulled all the rocks out of the old abandoned herb wheel on the southside–a substantial task. Some of those rocks were impressively large–and all of them were carried or rolled there by you-know-who (yes, me) years ago. They filled up our  wagon with the rocks and David pulled them away with his tractor–but there were so many rocks he had to pump up one of the wagon tires first–it had flattened! That’s a job I’d been dreading and avoiding for several years, so thank you Todd and Karl!

the herb wheel in 2007

the herb wheel in 2008

The herb wheel was lovely the one or two weeks of its existence when it was under control. Most of the time it was madly overgrown, choked with grass and stinging nettles. Tomorrow I am hiring Samantha to work with me on dismantling the garden under the kitchen window, and replacing it with a bed of all hostas. I will definitely take before and after pictures!

So, here are a few pictures from July 15, just before the Great Rain:

Looking down the driveway, at the edge of the front yard garden. We are hoping to remove that grass strip.
meditation garden. You can see my elegant “rock” wall (the concrete blocks!). The reddish hibiscus seems to be doing OK.
Here is the back yard garden, getting watered
My sister made a quilted wall-hanging and gave it to us–here it is hanging in the living room.
a spectacular orienpet lily, one of the few that survived the great red lily bug lily liquidation. It’s a cross between oriental and trumpet lilies. They have the height and heft and color variety of trumpet lilies, and the intense fragrance of the orientals.