If you’ve seen plants blooming right now with small blue flowers, they could be forget-me-nots. But, if they are taller they are probably Evergreen Bugloss as shown above. These plants originate from Europe, and maybe they are evergreen there but here they are just perennials according to this website.
Luckily some native insects . . . → Read More and See Photos: Bugloss with Bugs
More insects are moving into my rain garden! See what looks like a glob of spit on my Highbush Cranberry shrub?
Moving the spit aside reveals this- a spittlebug nymph. The photo is a bit out of focus, but you can see its eyes. I posted about spittlebugs last year. I’m yet to . . . → Read More and See Photos: Spit in the Rain Garden
As I posted about a couple of times over the last few weeks, I built this rain garden in my backyard. Two of my roof downspouts empty into it and the water fills the garden for a while before it slowly sinks into the ground. The plants are starting to grow and leaf out . . . → Read More and See Photos: Rain Garden Wildlife
Queen Anne’s Lace is a weed that is in full bloom right now. It is originally from Europe and Asia. Believe it or not, according to Northwest Weeds by Ronald J. Taylor this is a wild carrot! But beware- it looks a bit like Poison Hemlock which, as its name implies, is deadly if . . . → Read More and See Photos: Queen Anne’s Lace and Friends
This bug with a bunch of friends was eating pollen from a daisy in our front yard. He appears to be a carpet beetle. Carpet beetles like to lay their eggs inside houses and then the larvae hatch and eat…you guessed it…carpeting (or other fabrics or old living material inside). Luckily, we have no . . . → Read More and See Photos: Carpet Beetle Outside (thankfully)
This ladybug is tending to the aphids that are eating my roses. Adults can eat about 25 aphids a day which, if this little lady has some friends, ought to give the roses nothing to worry about.
There are many types of ladybugs (remember- they are a type of beetle). Since this one . . . → Read More and See Photos: Ladybug Taking Care of My Roses