Sunday, March 27, 2011

Left them partying

Off day from the garden today. We went to the beach as it was a fine sunny day after only a few hours of sun this raining week. So we entrusted the garden today to our unofficial pet birds. When the kids were safely fasten on their chair in the car saw these birds trying to open one of the box that contain sunflower seeds under the shed. They have been very naughty lately in the garden.
Bees take their role seriously as pollinators. They are doing a fine job. More bees partying around the garden these days. We don't have to worry about manual pollination, less work in the garden now. The only thing that we worry is who gets to the female flower of vegetables that we plan to save seed from, us or the bees. 
Yellow colour flowers received a lot of admires this week.
I feel much happy this summer because there were many kind of insects visiting our garden compared to last year. A few variety of moth and butterflies came to visit us ( I was getting bored looking at white cabbage butterfly dancing in front of me). Not worry about caterpillars at the moment as not growing that many leafy vegetables. It will be a different story starting April when winter vegetable are ready to be transplant since most of them are brassicas. I have been learning to add some herb or flowers in the veggie patch to attract beneficial insects to the garden but not reducing our space to plant more vegetables or yield. Found this caterpillar having a great time on tomato plant, I wonder what kind of butterfly will it transform.

Found this larvae on a different tomato plant. Anyone know what it is? Good or bad sign? The image is not that good, I can't get a good focus.

Did you garden this weekend?
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31 comments:

Mom of M&Ms said...

Look at all of those ladybugs.... and the bee shot is amazing!!!!

IT is amazing how I grew up gardening.. with a huge garden and learn something each time I visit you dear friend.. hope to see pcs of the beach soon....

Autumn Belle said...

All these critters are signs of a healthy garden but I'm afraid you'll have to share your harvest with them. The water you have photographed in the first picture looks very clean and crystal clear.

takaeko said...

Yes I did. I harvested brassicas(komatuna) and pak choi this weekend.
I have 2 more patches for brassicas so I have to get prepared for warding off cabbages butterflies and some uninvited bugs as spring is coming.

One said...

Your photos are very interesting today; shells, birds, flowers and bugs.

Good or bad sign? Good! It's either good for the plants or good for the birds. It can't go wrong. :)

cikmanggis said...

Cm paling suka gambar burung tu:)Keliling rumah Cm ni banyak tupai tapi selalu lupa nak ambil gambar.Selalu masuk hingga ke dapur memakan pisang atau buah-buahan yang kami letak atas meja makan:)kami panggil tupai ni anak angkat hehe.

Mark Willis said...

Amazing photos of the bees, bugs and caterpillars!

Patricia said...

Isn't it amazing that when we pay attention we see what a busy place our little garden is!

rainfield61 said...

The watery image looks so nice. It will attract the critters to follow you on your next trip.

Malar said...

Productive garden! No wonder insect love your garden! Happy gardening!

milka said...

Your garden is so 'meriah'. Hope your kids have fun this summer watching the bugs too :)

kitchen flavours said...

The garden inhabitants are getting busy. It's a sure sign of a happy garden!
Hope you and family had a fun time at the beach.
And I'm glad that you've enjoyed the brinjals!

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

I love the ladybirds! SO many happy creatures in your garden :)

lina@engagement rings said...

Enjoying all of your captures. There are many life inside your garden :)

Jidhu Jose said...

nice shots

Vinni said...

These are wonderful shots, loved the sunflower pic. Gardening is one of the best hobbies that one can have.
Thanks for sharing and visiting my blog

p3chandan said...

Geli la tengok gambar yg last tu...menggerutu je! Also found lots of black n white caterpillars on my limau nipis this morning, never dare to pick them so just point the water jet to wash them out!Im sure your boys having fun at the beach!

Liz said...

Wonderful shot. Have a fabulous week!

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Eden said...

Great shots. Love all your photos.

Mona said...

pretty sunflowers love the birds too

shaz said...

So many beautiful pictures! Glad you got a day off :) I had a big gardening spree this weekend, moving plants (hopefully they survive the uprooting) and pruning brnaches so I can get more light on the garden, and a general long-overdue tidy-up. Hoping to sow seeds next weekend, but never know, my gardening schedule always knocked around by other priorities. Sigh.

Bom said...

Good or bad? Sorry, I can't help you out. I can't identify them either but would like to know what they are in case you ever do find out.

chubskulit said...

Golden beauties!

Here's my yellow, have a great week.

kat said...

Gorgeous shots...Thanks for the MYM comment.

Stephanie said...

Glad you took a pic of those cute plump birds :-D They look so cute. Sorry that they were naughty hehe... Have a great week!

~Holly~ said...

I found a cluster of bugs just like that on one of my plants last season http://tastytravels-holly.blogspot.com/2010/09/wildlife-wednesday-92210.html

I was hoping they were ladybugs and not something sinister! On the upside, I've noticed a lot of ladybugs in my yard, house and deck this year. Must've been what they were!

~Holly~ said...

I found a cluster of bugs just like that on one of my plants last season http://tastytravels-holly.blogspot.com/2010/09/wildlife-wednesday-92210.html

I was hoping they were ladybugs and not something sinister! On the upside, I've noticed a lot of ladybugs in my yard, house and deck this year. Must've been what they were!

Ann said...

what ever those bugs are in the photo, I don't like the look of them.

Saw your comments on Rainfield, and came to say Hi/

Rebecca said...

Love your photos.. (It's still cold here in my part of the world.) I have no idea what the cluster of bugs are in the last photo, but I would guess your caterpillar will turn into a "sphinx", "hawk", or "hummingbird" moth.

Wendy said...

I love all the garden happenings!! looking forward to seeing little tomatoes on my plants too - right now they're just a couple of cotyledons!

petite nyonya said...

i read on the web that says tomato leaves and stalks are poisonous, thus pretty much why no insects are attracted to it. looks like this caterpillar is one hardy exception. :). the larvae looks really disgusting. hope it won't spread to your other plants.

AyuKirana said...

wow!!!the pictures!!!i really adore them! :)