Welcome to my Garden Blog

Nature: wild & untouched. Photographing it, preserving it, taking walks and drinking in the landscapes as they unfold.

Gardens: touched by loving hands. Cultivated, nurtured. Drinking in those landscapes is wonderful, as well.

In my garden one enjoys some of both. Generally unpruned & wild, my plants reshape the garden as they grow.

Beyond the garden borders, natives from the Santa Monica Mtns await. Oak trees with their shady canopies. Cactus & Sage in the sun.

Always there are animal creatures to join in the fun.

I look forward to sharing some of my experiences with you as they unfold.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tomato Hornworm Caterpillar Arrives

This weekend I was surprised to see my first Garden Pests in my Organic Tomato bed. These caterpillars are so good at disguising themselves.. I think they are super ugly.. My husband thinks they are "cool". (That's because he thinks like a little boy.) Still, can't bring myself to kill them. I have a looked them up, found that they probably can't decimate my entire garden, so for now they get to stay & eat. IF, they promise to turn into butterflies quickly & move along. Manduca quinquemaculata.

1 comment:

  1. I have to agree with your husband - I've always thought they were beautiful, such a great color, too! And you're right, they don't do TOO much damage, although when they decide to chow a tomato they generally wipe it out...I used to have my daughter try and find them (kind of an icky easter egg hunt....)


Wildflowers, Santa Monica Mtns

Wildflowers, Santa Monica Mtns