Once upon a time, I was at a craft store and bought one of those yarn cakes. They are so popular I wanted to give one a try. And the colors were pretty. I’m a sucker for blues.
I brought the yarn cake home and it sat in a prominent place in my yarn closet.
What are you supposed to make with these things, anyway?
The weeks turned into months before I picked it up, determined to use it.
The spider is eating a bee and it is soooooo cool!
I thought these pictures, especially the first, were cool enjoy to justify a sort of watermark
I skipped the bales this year. We were supposed to get the house painted in early May and I wanted the garden as open as possible for the painters. Unfortunately, frequent, heavy rain pushed the painting back into June and they’re still finishing up.
Inside the Garden
We have: 15 types of tomatoes, Many types of sweet peppers, 2 types of hot peppers, 3 types of eggplant, 2 types of cucumbers, lots of beans, brussels sprouts, some sad broccoli, some herbs, and a couple of artichokes as an experiment. We will have zucchini and summer squash once the painters are done so I can move the pots back to the deck and use the space where they are currently standing their ladders.
That raspberry is beautiful. But Mama spider says “No.”
May I pick it? Please?
First a story:
I actually used to be a bit scared of spiders, until I realized I was really just scared of getting bitten by a venomous spider (not that we have many of those around here.) I started taking photos of them and learning to identify them as a way to overcome my fear. I still dislike suddenly finding a spider, or any arachnid/insect/bug on me, or finding a spider I can’t identify, but I feel like I have come a long way.
I did happen to get bitten by a spider last year. It was a big, black, beast of a spider, and it was hiding in the finger of my gardening glove. The gloves are a little big on me, so I didn’t notice the spider when I put them on. I planted two blueberry bushes before it got fed up and bit me. Unfortunately, when I got the glove off, the spider was a bit squashed, so I wasn’t able to definitely identify it (but my money is on a female Hacklemesh Weaver.) I was able to confirm it wasn’t venomous. It hurt kind of like a bee sting when it bit me, but the bite never swelled or anything.
In retrospect it wasn’t a terrible experience, and the kids think it’s funny when I stomp on my gloves now before putting them on.
Fast forward to today:
I was out picking raspberries and spotted something interesting.
Looks like another nursery web
I went out to pick our first cucumbers last night and came across a cluster of baby spiders in the cucumber leaves. The spiders are off to the right. The egg sac is hidden among the leaves to the left.
I have some close ups below. Arachnophobes beware.