I caught some good photos before the rain this morning of a hawk moth (hummingbird moth in my garden) in action. It is so beautiful, and because of its pollinating ability and its beauty I'm willing to forgive its vice of being the tomato hornworm - a voracious predator of my tomato plants. I'm guessing she will probably lay eggs sometime later today on my them - oh well. Here is a link with some good information on this beautiful moth.
We put the gourd tree up in February. We had a scout come by and check it out the first day! As of today, March 29, 2013, we have at least 10 purple martins that have taken up residence in our gourd tree.
The males are darker than the females. See the pair top left below for a comparison.
The gourd tree is right by the garden. It is so nice to go out in the evening and hear their trilling song and see them glide in and out of their houses.
I decided to chronicle how the plants change around my place. Today I decided that my petunias and pansies looked especially pretty and colorful, especially since nothing else is blooming yet (except the pear and almond tree)!
I thought I would share this terrific post I found! Although I know that the blogs that are listed in the link are from Austin, many of the same drought hardy plants that are discussed and many of the ideas will work here in the DFW area. I'm enjoying reading them and I hope you do too.
Since the 5 day forecast in my area does not indicate temps falling below 32, we took a risk and bought peppers and tomatoes to put in the ground today. We already have our cold weather vegies (broccoli, cabbage, onions, lettuce, etc.) in the ground. In addition, when selecting seeds we try to take care to make sure the seeds are disease resistant.
This is my initial blog - so here goes! Joe built this chicken tractor 2 years ago. We now have 3 hens residing there - Rosie, Joanie, and Clara. Our plan is to get 2 more pullets in a couple of weeks to add to the mix. Hopefully the older girls will accept the pullets, but I doubt it. We'll have to watch the older girls about bullying too much.