The planter pot plants are starting ta fill in and bloom. This one of Pinwheel Zinnias have many colors. Two different yellows, an orange, a red, and on the left is a cream, but its not blooming right now. But there are lots of buds, so it should really look good soon!
The Black-Eyed Susans are doing nicely. They are native here, so they are used ta the droughts and heat. You'll see patches of them scattered around the yard. TBT dint plant them all over, they just find the spots they like best. Smart plants!
The Tiger Swallowtail butterflies are enjoying the Butterfly Bushes. There are lots of small orangish ones I think are called Painted Ladies, too.
TBT saw the large Praying Mantis walking over some viny plant, and THEN he noticed the smaller one following it around. The larger one is probably a female and the smaller one a male. So he stopped ta watch cuz he thought they were gonna mate and he had never seen THAT before.
They kinna act like some spiders do. They mate and then sometimes the female eats the male afterwards as a big protein boost fer her ta develop her eggs. This male dint even get THAT chance though. Apparently she wasnt in the mood. She just pounced him and started eating. He seemed really unhappy about that!
Speaking of food, lets go up on the deck now that it is shady and have some snacks. We are keeping it simple this time. We have minced chicken breast and water with Nip leafs crushed in it. And of course, there is fresh Nip at the bottom of the deck stairs. Feel free...
Thanks for coming on