Garden – and mantis – update.

Because USA choked today – seriously, Tim Howard was amazing but he wouldn’t have needed to perform all those saves if the rest of the team played more than defense.


Behold, things to soothe my tattered psyche. New strawberries! A cucumber that ain’t stopping with the growing! Sunflowers that sprang up Hydra-like after the main one got cut!

And of course, the mantis. Which I know is also plural, but I like using Manti. Because I’m 5.

Check out these two; they look like separate species, right? Pansy is about 2″ now, but lil’ Sunflower is a quarter of that.

I love them both the same.







GardenWatch: tomatoes! Peppers! Mantis!

Morning in the summer is my time to putter around in the garden. It’s still cool(ish) from the previous evening, and the UV levels are lower. As a skin cancer…survivor? Person who has had many – all removed – thanks to my transplant meds? I like low UV levels.

Anyway, so proud of my little garden! TONS of peppers already. I’ve always been lucky with hot peppers; dunno if that’s because they’re easy to grow or that they thrive on neglect.

And check out my huge tomato! I love you, tomato. Please grow and get ripe for me.

Bonus: Pansy Mantis is getting bigger every day! Check out her beautiful eyes. (I think she’s a she, going off her thorax. If anyone can confirm/correct, lemme know!)

Summertime. Ahhh…

Ain't she adorable?




Small things

Spring. Well, til the 21st at least. It’s the time when everything is kinda wee. Case in point? These berries. Cute, right?


I’m guessing I could have bigger berries, but as I don’t use much fertilizer (or any pesticides)? Yeah, they are what they are.

You want more tiny? I got your tiny right here. On the screen door.


So small! And don’t worry, I moved him from the door to the pansies. Safety first.

I should should be pulling out the grout in my upstairs bathroom. But after my nephew jumped on me & hung on for what seemed like forever (but was probably a minute), my right leg is twingy and a little numb. I’ma rest. Because this will require more than a passing bit of elbow grease:



Quick shot: look who’s in my garden!

Forgot to post this yesterday; too busy in someone else’s garden. But lo and behold – they’re baaaaaack!

And so very tiny.

I saw two, but I was only quick enough for one. This is the little one that I moved from the pepper seedlings to the prime real estate of the insect friendly pansies. Welcome home, tiny!

Sunday Shot: future Manti?

It’s a freezing cold day here in post-Black Friday Baltimore.

My back, still recouping from the lumbar discectomy, is achy. I’m grumpy, because achy.

So? Time for backyard cleanup!

Nobody ever said I’m a genius.

But anyway, with cutting back the cone flowers, digging up the dead basil & impatients? I found this in the lemon balm bush….


Yeah, kinda excited. Next spring, there’ll be tons of little tiny mantises (aka manti) in the yard!

Here’s hoping Tippi is a good girl. Or she’ll get grounded for the season.