This little beetle was hiding under one of the plant’s veils.
This “Man in Black” pulled up in one of the innocuous grey vehicles the other day, for some reason he kept inspecting the ground below my opuntia tree which is in full bloom right now. As dusk fell he proceeded to venture deep inside the dangerous Naboo territories of my back garden.
“We mean your species no croak…harm”.
Santolina is in top frosty form right now. I always seem to worry about this plant at various times throughout the year, it gets leggy at times and occasionally browns in sections just to give me a scare. This slow growing plant requires some periodic pruning attention, but the results are well worth it. I need more of it.
Milletia reticulata Benth
has more Gothic blooms on it this year then I have ever seen. It is covered in these old-suit-in-the-back-of-the-closet purple smelling blooms.
I like it. The heavy aroma fills up a good part of the Patch at this time of year. This plant, being the eldest always blooms first and it will keep on producing well into the summer, my other wisterias pick up the hard-to-describe smelling baton a little later.
I made the fatal mistake of planting this one on a metal support which it has consumed and is now proceeding to drag skyward…word of warning.
Polihale Beach, Kauai. Image by Forest & Kim Starr.
The same stock tank is also currently full of toad spawn,
“Rikky Ikky Ivy”
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