+A LITTLE MEANDER THRU MY ADOBE PEACE GARDEN 4/23/2012

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Highlight of my morning was being able to watch the birth of tiny Praying Mantis babies who spent all winter developing in their rock-hard cocoon attached to one of the top header boards of my adobe chicken coop’s window.  About 1/3″ long, they evidently chew their way out attached to a gossamer thread thinner than a hair.  Then they wiggle their head, tail and tiny legs free, climb up the thread and disperse.

1/3" long - Praying Mantis - chewing out of 'home', climbing to join sibs - some who seem to wait before leaving to help the newest ones along their way
Praying Mantis shed their skin as they grow - females eat the heads off of the males they mate with - gaining nutrition - mating multiple times (I don't know how to zoom with this newer camera!)

And — some plants —

delicate petals

John Cabot rose - propagates by cutting as is an 'own root' rose - all these are native plants on minimal drip irrigation

Mermaid Rose - another 'own root' hardy rose - lovely scent, long bloomer, VERY thorny!
native sage bed with petunias that seeded from last year (some spinach in there)

white perennial snap with Mexican Primrose, Texas Ranger, some salvia back there

Some vegetable work….

veg beds at front of house
veg beds at front of house
lots of jalapenos
lots of jalapenos

Lots more work to do – corn and butternut squash next, still need to check and repair drip lines, etc.

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History of garden building here:

LINDA’S ADOBE PEACE GARDEN

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2 thoughts on “+A LITTLE MEANDER THRU MY ADOBE PEACE GARDEN 4/23/2012

    • Mommas seem to create those cocoons only on very hard, permanent, endurable surfaces. Just think, these little miracles must be appearing where I can’t see the process all over the garden! A friend gave me Larkspur seeds last spring – they reseeded and are ‘walking around’ the garden appearing here and there – covered today with orange butterflies!

      Most rose blooms froze their edges 2 weeks ago – look a little ragged, but once those are done new fresh ones will appear.
      Love U!!

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