Six on Saturday - March 20, 2021 - First Day of Spring!

Happy First Day of Spring to us in the Northern Hemisphere.  Happy Autumn for the rest of you. 
 
 "There is no time like Spring,
When life's alive in everything,"

From Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem Spring (she wrote another of the same name, more specifically about April).

Six on Saturday  

"Anything Goes Pink Saturday" #2 and #5

It's my first Six on Saturday since, according to my notes, December 26th!  Well, it's been winter.  It's been muddy.  It's been dark and gloomy and not much happening in the garden.  The White Queen may have been able to believe "six impossible things before breakfast," but I couldn't find six garden things!

My first three are fruit trees in bloom.  

1 - a very unhealthy Pluot - I'm letting it go this one last year, no spraying, no pruning, just seeing it flower and maybe set fruit.  Borers and gummies and all things that get plums and plumcots.

2 - flowering plum in a ceramic pot on the deck - I've mentioned this one before, I got it from a former co-worker, whose son planted a pit from a plum he'd eaten.  It's a flowering plum, which do have fruit, just small ones.  Not this one though, maybe some day.


3 - plum under the cedar - it's getting more sun, not as much as it should, but more since I trimmed the cedar back and tore out a lot of bamboo. 



4 - a tulip - whoop-de-doo!  The first of the 100 tulip bulbs I won back in autumn.  I planted 50 and gave the other 50 away.  As many of you many recall, or not, I am not big on tulips.  Which is an understatement.  I don't like tulips.  And this one is the same kind and color as the ones that appeared in a fruit tree bed.  It's one of the Darwin Mix of reds, orange, pink, yellow... I'll probably get nothing but red.  Because that's what I like the least.  


5 - my favorite weed!
- yes, I have a favorite weed, it's the purple (or red) dead nettle.  A mint relative, which may have something to do with my fondness for it. 



 6 - Giant Western Cranefly - wow, this is nothing like my usual craneflies!  This native is the largest fly west of the Rockies.  My family always, through generations, has called craneflies (no, not "mosquito hawks") miggley-hinx (or migglie-hink, I have never seen it written).  Pronounce that as "miggle" "eee" "hinx" as rhymes with "jinx."  I don't know why and I don't know if it was regional or some ancestor made it up.  But, the reddish ones that get in the house in the summer and get stuck in corners of the ceiling and wall are so much smaller.  I'd hate to have one of these bashing around!  Did you know that adult craneflies don't eat?  Well, most of the kinds don't.
They are born to mate.  There goes that name "mosquito hawk," and even those that eat NEVER eat mosquitos!  That's it.  This Giant Western Cranefly was waiting out a high wind by clinging to a tulip leaf. 

 



 Get a load of that... nose?  Mouth?  I wonder why they evolved with such a big one if they weren't going to eat?  Do they dig out of an underground burrow when adult?  I don't know.

 So,that's it on this first day of spring.  I hope to be back next Saturday, and each Saturday from now on until the garden is dormant again.


 



Comments

  1. You've got some lovely spring fruit tree blossom. I like Dead Nettle too, it comes over from my neighbour's neglected garden and I welcome it!

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one to enjoy the weeds!

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  2. I hope that you see a return to health and happiness with your plucot. Exciting that the other lovely creature grew from a pit. I have never before seen this native insect and will have to keep an eye out for it in this year's garden. While I get very excited these days when I catch pollinators pollinating, my knowledge of insects wouldn't fill a thimble. But willing to learn!

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    1. The pluot's terminal. Some insects take me a long time online to find out what they are. I hate looking at close-ups of true bugs, I hate true bugs. They are ones like squash bugs and stink bugs.

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  3. Your flowers are beautiful, but I wish that Cranefly would fly far far away! Happy spring :)

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    1. We used to get the small ones in the house at night, but I'd hate to find one of those indoors!

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  4. The tree blossom is beautiful and decorative so perhaps they can be forgiven for not fruiting well too. I am a tulip fan, but I'm not so keen on the jumbo red and yellow ones, so I can understand your dislike of them. The dead nettle looks so pretty in your pictures that I'm sure you could encourage people to plant it.

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    1. As long as the trees bloom pretty they can stay!

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  5. What lovely fruit tree blooms! Even the pluot, something I am not even sure can grow here. Enjoyed your taste of springs. As for us in upstate New York....not yet. Patience, patience, it will happen, I tell myself. Spring is here!

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    1. Nights are still really cold here. Pluots are more plum than apricot, 75% plum, unlike the plumcot, which is half and half. Plumcots are first generation.

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  6. Looks like the garden is waking. Happy spring.

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  7. Thanks for remembering us in the Southern Hemisphere! Gosh that cranefly...some size!

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    1. You're welcome. I know most of the world tends to be western- and northern-centric. Maps certainly are. The fact there are northern and southern hemispheres is fascinating to me.

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  8. Welcome back Lisa! Nice spring blossoms and I also took pictures and close ups of red dead-nettle yesterday. They are so pretty, you're right. I will post the pics on Insta and Twitter tonight.

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    1. Oh, your photo on Instagram is beautiful! I love the video of the bees in the artichoke/thistle. I've watched them do that too.

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  9. welcome spring.....with beautiful flowers.

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    1. Add some sunshine to warm the garden, and it's great!

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