The praying mantis is upside down, and in the middle of the picture. Look for the larger bunch of red flowers.
I tried to mow the grass on the side of the house this afternoon, after relocating the fifth praying mantis I gave up and tried to mow the backyard, and gave up after spotting a praying mantis back there too. If I see one, past experience has taught me there are many, many more.
I then thought that watering the garden should be safe. Until I spotted this guy on the catnip and another in the flower garden. I didn’t want to accidentally hurt any praying mantis that might be around so I gave up. At least we can mow the front yard. They seem to prefer the side and back yards.
The post title is from the oldest known version of Mary, Mary quite contrary.
Mistress Mary, Quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With Silver Bells, And Cockle Shells,
And so my garden grows.
Two apples on my apple tree.
My apple tree
A few years back we got the idea to plant dwarf fruit trees in our yard.
Our tiny, probably not enough space yard. We did it anyways never really expecting any apples, but hoping they would do well and that eventually we would get apples. We planted three and one died the first year. The other two are still with us although we really need to relocate one of them. We have a red delicious and a golden delicious(my favorite kinds of apples).
Last year we got one apple so seeing two makes me super happy!
Planted the peas with onions in the front. We made a new trellis for them this year. I have high hopes for a good crop.
We also put in four tomato plants. I think these are a Cherokee purple and a black krim with marigolds around them and a row of onions in front. I have never had good luck with onions but I am giving it another shot.