Mist flowers did not bloom as long as usual this year but they still had their fair share of visitors, like this
Note: The small white dot in the orange of the forewing distinguishes American Lady from the Painted Lady.
Another frequent visitor to the mist flowers are these little iridescent metallic bees or
or is it angelicus?
I don’t know.
Loquats also have an abundance of flowers this year,
I think they liked our wetter than usual Autumn.
Our recent freezing temperatures have ushered in some strange activities in the Patch.
When faced with prolonged periods of time indoors we usually resort to Monopoly and arguing, but the latest trend is the cutting-out of magazine mouths to while away the dark and cold hours.
I took advantage of the latest cold snap to put our Christmas tree up, with plenty of help, naturally.
This is an activity that traditionally has me coated in an 80-degree sweat as I fight to a) get the tree into the house and b) wrestle it into its stupid base, tightening those irritating metal prongs that I am convinced are too small to even reach the trunk of the tree.
As promised here is a slow air fitting for the cold, dark weather we have been experiencing of late.
Grab yourself a glass, adjust your volume and put in some earplugs for “The Dark Island” and the reel “Miss Girdle”.
It got so cold the other day,
I burnt my own strobilus!
Well it has been looking a bit peeky for a while now,
then I noticed this oozing out of the center of it:
Enough was enough.
It was onto the pyre with the old strobilus.
Moving very quickly along…
Cigar plant is heating up in the cold,
as are the celosia, and up until this week so were the canna lilies.
The bold color,
its foliage looking like flames,
what a difference a week can make.
Drum roll and…
and as for my Hoja Santa…
…well, lets just say that they now look decidedly unwell.
In contrast my satsumas look about perfect, it was time I gave one a go, and by I,
I mean him.
There was some trepidation going into the annual tasting ceremony but the satsumas were apparently off to a good start. There was a nervous thumbs up in the middle but the end notes were an obvious let down – a bland blend of unsweetened chewy fruit with a distinct hint of grossness.
Ah the disappointment.
there is always next year.
Stay Tuned for:
“He’s Checking it twice”
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