This is the weekend of the winged and many legged creatures. And a little gardening. Friday evening I was in the kitchen and heard that pinging noise that means something is flying at a light. It fell, hit the top of my head, bounced off and landed exhaustedly on the desk. It was one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen. I looked at it for a minute, then headed for my Guide to Familiar American Insects. I quickly found the Ichneumon Wasp. Yeah, click on that link, because it’s strange. I trapped it and opened the kitchen window to toss it back outside. It flew back in and headed for the light.
I went to close the window and outside in a spider’s web the size of my lower sash was a commensurately proportioned spider, with an abdomen the size of my thumb. It was just waiting. Maybe for an Ichneumon Wasp. No picture of the spider. It’s a large orb weaver spider of some sort. My mother would have cleaned the web away as soon as she saw it, but I thought it was kind of interesting. Now I’m just hoping that thing stays outside. It ain’t Charlotte, that’s all I can say. The Ichneumon eventually fell back to the floor exhausted and I trapped it and threw it out the front door. Then today, walking down the courtyard, I noticed this.
Haven’t seen one of those for years. Wasps flying in and out. I won’t be pointing it out to my more nervous neighbors, but I imagine its days are numbered.
I spent some lovely time in the garden today. Each time I go now, I’m cleaning up a bit more in preparation for putting it to bed for winter. I had a lot of weeding to do along the fence line. I dug out some of the Jerusalem artichokes, but none had any roots worth bringing home. This was a great disappointment, as I really enjoyed them last year. Still, I had lots more tomatoes,
Some zucchini coming on as well as some summer squash,
Lots of flowers yet,
Plenty of parsley,
And garlic coming up. This will winter over for a June harvest next year.
I did quite a bit of cultivating and loosened the soil up. I’ll do more later.
For now I’m enjoying another bouquet from the garden.