A couple of updates on the garden patients:
This hosta is growing rather weird this season. It’s sort of a variegated variety but look how the new growth is coming out of the center in a solid color. There’s another one growing right next to it and it’s new growth is the same variegated pattern. Strange, huh?
See this hole in the dirt? This is in a pot out in the garden bed. There used to be a hosta in this hole. It was there just last week. There is no sign of the hosta anywhere on the ground, so whichever varmint did the dastardly deed, it either ate it on the spot and cleaned up after itself very well, or it dragged it off somewhere. I need a forensics team to come in and dust for fingerprints.
One of the species of “new-to-us” bugs is the cicada. We were not familiar with them at all back home in L.A. They lead a curious life, one that makes me wonder what God was thinking. They live underground, come up for air on a fairly regular cycle (some only every 13-17 years), break out of their skins, mate and then crawl back underground to start the cycle all over again. I have found a lot of these carcasses around the garden this year and this is the first time I’ve actually seen one out of its skin. I love the chirping sounds they make on sultry summer afternoons. Had I been raised in the south as a child, I’m sure this sound would be one of my favorite childhood memories.
I’m going to close with a shot that’s sure to bring lots of hits to this blog. It’s a Stinkhorn fungus, commonly named “Garden Penis.” (Go ahead, Google it)
Yes it stinks and attracts flies. I tell you, Virginia is certainly not short on interesting fauna!