Last week was the last hurrah for the zinnias. A couple of days after these pictures were taken, I harvested the blooms from my favorite colored zinnias to save the seeds and then pulled the plants out of the ground.
|Sneaking up on a cricket|
My grandson visited and had fun catching bugs with the bug catching kit we bought him. It is one of those types of gifts that will stay here at Grandma and Grandpa's house because I know my daughter doesn't want him bringing any of his insect captives into their house. He caught moths and crickets, and then we freed them at the end of his visit.
My bug catching was done with the camera. Here are pictures of a pretty black butterfly and a google-eyed grasshopper.
|Look how he has chewed up that zinnia!|
There was another type of bug in my flowers last week; but I did not get its picture. It was a stinkbug! And when they say "stink" bug, believe 'em. I accidently touched one of the creatures when I was propping up a flower. It released an unbelievable stench that smelled like some sort of horrible mothballs. The stink got on my hand and on my face, because I touched my face with my hand before I realized where the stink was coming from. I washed my hands with Dawn, then Comet, and then finally rinsed them with mouth wash. I used Dawn and mouthwash on my face, but the stench was hard to get rid of. Now I am wondering if the stinkbugs are what caused my hummingbirds to quit coming to the zinnias several weeks ago, before migration time. Thank Goodness my grandson didn't catch one of those horrible bugs on his bug catching expedition!
To end this post on a more pleasant note than stinkbugs, I thought I'd show a couple of my plants that are still pretty, despite the fact that we are well into October.
|Shades of blue. Asters and cobalt glass.|
Asters are such a beautiful purple/blue color. When the sun shines on them and the cobalt blue vase, the color combination is almost hypnotic. There are several different colored glass vases among my flowers. They are my redneck, wishful-thinking, pretend version of Chihuly glass.