Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I gathered up and tossed at least half a dozen snails in specificity, rudely interrupting the morning meet up at the coneflower bar. Including one especially cheeky snail who apparently thought it could get away with nibbling on that nursery trip's impulse buy, a deep pink coneflower. Sorry Mr. Snail, the bar is closed. You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.
This morning the ladybug had moved on, so I took my garden paintbrush and carefully brushed as many of the rest of the aphids off into a soap bath as I could reach. The milkweed cafe is temporarily closed, hopefully to reopen under new floral management. With any luck there will be monarchs nectaring at this neighborhood eatery very soon.