Posts from the ‘BUGS’ Category

2010 Beauty of Flowers

Caladiums click for more info on growing Caladiums.

This is one of my favorite Flower Bulbs. They are so easy to grow and oh what beauty!

Sunflower voluntary come up all around my bird feeder.



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This beauty has such a wonderful fragrance. I have this planted near a window. When my windows are up. Such a sweet smell drifts in.


I just love this Red miniature Rose Bush. I have had it for many years now. Growing up my chainlink fence. It stays pretty much in full bloom all summer. I really have to keep it well fed with 10-10-10 fertilizer.


Canna Blossoms link here for more info on these flowers



This Milkweed bug is very pretty with its red and black color resting on my 4 o’clock bush.

(Click on picture to enlarge)  It’s a Milkweed Bug  (more info click here)


This is such a beautiful picture that I took. In this squash plant is a bee at work. Not sure at this time to as what kind of bee it is. I just love this detailed shot.

These creatures will eat every leaf in site. They say the best way to get rid of these is to “SMASH” them dead. I let this one live long enough for me to get his picture.

3/23/2011 its just march and and these pests have already started eating on my plants.  I am finding newly hatched babies everywhere.  The best solution I have found to these little pests is to quickly stomp, stomp, smash, smash!!  Yuk!!!

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Physical Description

The eastern lubber grasshopper, which at times can be a serious pest of young citrus groves, is approximately 2 to 2 1/2 inches long when fully grown. The adult is a brilliant yellow with red and black markings and is incapable of flight. The nymphs (Figure 1) are almost solid black with yellow, and occasionally red, markings.

Life History

The eastern lubber grasshopper overwinters as eggs which are laid in the soil along the margins of low, marshy areas. The eggs hatch the following spring and the nymphs migrate to the cover crop in adjacent citrus groves. This migration often results in feeding by large numbers of this pest, causing severe defoliation of young trees and occasionally even feeding on the bark of older trees. There is only one generation per year.


Butterfly (Heliconius Charithonia)

Butterfly (Heliconius Charithonia)

While strolling through the garden. I was able to get a picture of this beautiful butterfly. I love its detailed black and white stripes.
Today I am catching up on my postings
Picture 10/14/2009


Broadleaf Mustard Greens

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Today while roaming through my garden admiring the Mustard Greens that I planted back on September 26th .  I am proud.  They are beautiful. The weather here in Florida isn’t as cool as it needs to be for these Mustard.  They are so big.  To me they are ready to be harvested but I am going to wait a couple more days. I just watered them yesterday, because they were looking on the wilted side by noon time, this is tipical once the temperature outside reaches the 70’s. And this time of year it always does.  I always water early morning hours, before the sun comes out.

Of all the greens to plant, these are my favorite in their beauty. I can see now why they are called  Broadleaf Mustard.  They are such a small seed that when you sprinkle them into the ground they are hard to see.  One seed provides many leaves that grow to many and wide leaves.  The seed being so small when sowed makes it hard if you apply too many seed in one spot.  This is what I normally do, such as too many in one spot.  Then I have to thin them out, giving their leaves room to grow.  I found out last year when I planted too many seed in one spot was very bad.  I learnt a good lesson.  I don’t like to thin out the greens.  Lesson learned.  This year I was very careful to try and drop one seed at a time. I sowed them very thin.  Then I didn’t have do transplant plants so much. Great Job I did.  Pat myself on the back.   I only had to  transplanted a very few plants.  Much easier on me than last year. When I think of a Mustard Seed. I think of where Jesus said we should have the faith as a grain of mustard seed.  That’s a lot. Faith victorian Rose basket

Matthew 17:20 Reads:   And Jesus said unto them, “Because of your unbelief:  for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard see, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Broadleaf  Mustard (Florida) Date of Picture 11/02/09


The ‘Florida Broadleaf’ Mustard plant is a large, semi-upright plant that can be grown by anybody. Not only can the plant reach up to 10” in height and 22” in spread the rich green leaves emit a fragrance that will entice everyone. This variety is very popular in the South.

Flavor Mustard is widely known for its sharp flavor. This characteristic flavor is an essential component of many dressings and sauces world-wide. Unlike other “hot” flavors, the flavor profile of mustard does not linger. Rather it presents itself quickly, dissipates, and leaves little or no after-taste.


Butterfly (Heliconius Charithonia)

Butterfly (Heliconius Charithonia)

While strolling through my garden. I was able to get a picture of this beautiful butterfly. I love its detailed black and white stripes.


Picture taken 10/14/2009 Heliconius Charithonia

The Garden Stink Bug (Pentatomidae)

July 2nd  

 This is just a  follow up on the Stink Bug.  Scientific name is Pentatomidae/its body has 5 sectionals.  And it does stink.  Click on link below it will show a more detailed picture and info about this bug.

A Real Stinger!

dsc07503aOh Boy !  A Real Stinger. Yes, wasp is what I found hanging in the Speckled Butter beans.  Forget picking these beans today.  Florida You will find wasp nest hanging most anywhere.

“Picking and Grinning”

Keeping up with my Garden of Peas in May has been a job.   I am loving every minute.  Sorry on  having to post here in June.   Here are some pictures I took on May 29th.   DSC07245


Pictured here all the peas from one picking to Shell “Help” !   I have a 82 yr old lady friend who loves to shell peas for me.  I’ll just have to give her a call.   Yes, “God is Sooo good to me”.DSC07303 I must say,  I’ve never  had a problem finding someone to take them.  A good way welcome a  friend/neighbor  is with fresh vegetables from the garden.