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Tomorrow I’ll get a photo of the finished work, but today I did get four azaleas, 24 daffodil bulbs, 24 anemone corms, some stray grape hyacinth bulbs, two magenta vervain, 8 small mums, and two echinacea planted in that new garden bed.  Joining them are two Baptisia [which may not like what I had to do to get them out of the places they were already living — I knew they had tap roots, but did not think there were so many or so many long ones I’d have to deal with], and a dark pink aster that came out with one of the Baptisia.

Tomorrow I’ll try to get some bulb food sprinkled  onto the area, and maybe layer on more LeafGro. Thursday, providing more of the world doesn’t end, I may go get bricks for edging everything.  I think I’ll need a good mess of bricks.  That’s an inaccurate unit of measure, but since I’ll have to move them by hand, I can call them whatever I please.

The neighbors have noticed the digging, and now at least can see that the area is intended for blooms and beauty, rather than stray cadavers.  If I can get sufficiently organized, I’ll use some of the bricks to weigh down blackout cloth to help eliminate more lawn in the spring

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The semester has started, and I suspect some of my students are just ornery enough to award chili peppers where they are not meritted.  That’s okay.

Out in the garden, things are buzzing:spiderhawk-on-fleabane

This Scoliid wasp (I think Scolia dubia) was incredibly eager to get from blossom to blossom, crawling rather than flying, and getting its fuzzy self completely covered in pollen along the way.  It had no concern about my holding the branch of blossoms to get this picture. In fact, I have several shots of it, some show the russet and yellow markings on the abdomen better, but this has the whole wasp and some nice shadows.

Our next contestant is a bee:

Carpenterbee-agastacheNow, a quick look at the agastache blossom and you can see that bumbles like this lady are not the ‘intended’ pollinator.  Their tongues are long, but not that long. So in this case what we see is a sneaky side attack to get at the nectar pool at the base of the flower, rather than paying any attention to the “proper” approach, which requires a hawkmoth or hummingbird [which have been around, but not when my camera was close at hand.

Another bit of insect drama I didn’t capture was one of the brown mantids lunching on a small butterfly that had not been sufficiently wary when landing amid the marigolds.

Here, instead, is a butterfly I don’t know:MysteryButterfly

And finally, here’s a shot of the asters in the rain garden:  there’s one hot pink Alma Plotchke, an off-white Big Leaf Aster, some white fleabane in the foreground, and some purple mealy sage and red sage sparkling on the left.  If the orangey-yellow shows up further back, that’s the start of the marigolds near the star magnolia.

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