Aug 25, 2008

Katy, the Houseguest

Last week I was tending to my roses - my very first rose garden to be exact. Taking off all of the dead leaves and deadheading the spent flowers, and giving them their last meal of the growing season. As I was pulling off a yellow leaf on the inside of the plant something next to my hand moved - not a little something but a rather large something.

Can you see what made me jump?

This is Katy ...... short for Katydid. She was picked off of that rosebush and placed inside one of the girls insect houses that hadn't ben used since last years mantis raid.

Katy stayed with us for 4 days - sleeping and eating in her pink, plastic monstrosity. I chose to hold on to her because in all of my life living in the Denver Metro Area I had never seen a katydid - or at least a True Katydid. I had to do some investigation on her and make sure that she wasn't the culprit that had been munching on my roses.

Lucky for her she is not known to be a "pest" as she is a predatory insect related to the cricket, is active only at night, will only eat leaves if other "food" is not found. And they tend to remain on the same bush or tree their entire life. I shouldn't say she was lucky, only because I can not kill anything. I would have had to drive her out to one of the agro fields and let her go.

So after 4 days of her visit to the humanoids world - oh yea, she was show and tell at our last class at the Botanical Gardens - we set her back out on the same rose that I found her on. She was nice enough to stick around for a bit to have her photo taken. The girls were really attached to this big, green bug.

I couldn't be prouder!

Aug 20, 2008

Last Hurrah at the Gardens

Yesterday was our last Seedlings class at the Denver Botanical Gardens for the Summer.

We learned all about giant grasses and got to walk through many areas in the gardens that were full of these beauties.

I did not know that bamboo and corn are members of the grass family.

After exploring all the wonderful grasses that the gardens had to offer we went back in to the classroom and planted our own pots with 3 types of grass. Prairie grass, wheat, and corn.

After class the girls wanted to do a little water coloring of the grasses that they learned about. This Summer they have been obsessed with painting.

Of course we had to have our weekly slurpee drinks. I think more time was spent seeing who could make the loudest slurp than painting.

Isn't this display of Mexican Feather Grass incredible? Makes me want to go home and rip out the darn lawn that just eats up water and takes energy to mow. Wonder if the HOA would go for that.....

I'm pretty sure that I got a lot more out of this class than the girls did. But the important part was that we spent the day together and got to be outside. Before we know it the snow will return and we will be doing inside things.

Aug 16, 2008

August Bloom Day

This big, fat bee had a TON of pollen on his legs.

Soaking wet rains the last 2 days - a bit of sunshine gave me the chance to grab the digital and shoot what I could.

Aug 13, 2008

The Story of Stuff

If you have not come across this in your wanderings on the internet or You Tube I would be amazed. If not, it is a must watch. Grab a cup 'o joe, tho.

In this world of hyper consumerism it is time to stop and really think about if you always need the latest and greatest - anything.

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! Repurpose!
Guess that's why I love junkin' so much. It's already been made and resources have been used. Why put it in the dump??? Recycling has been 2nd nature to me since I can remember and has been ingrained in my children's minds. Don't get me wrong, we're not extremists but also not shy about bringing home recyclable materials (ie juice cans, pop cans, newspaper) that we purchase when out and about. Just because an establishment doesn't provide recycling doesn't mean it needs to go in to the trash. That, and planing errands for one day a week to reduce gas, before it was even fashionable to do so when gas prices went up to $4.00 a gallon.
In the words of Bill Cosby, "Come on people!"
EVERY single thing helps!

Aug 9, 2008

A Twist on Children's Tales

Searching for Alice and Wonderland information I came upon these beauties created out of said story books.

Alice: Through the Looking Glass

Alice: A Mad Tea Party

When I dug a little further I found that Peter Pan was part of this imaginative collection as well. The Story of Peter Pan: The Pirate Ship

And one of my favorite stories from my pre adolescent imagination, too.

The Secret Garden

All of these were crafted by Su Blackwell, an incredibly talented gal from the UK. She has done some pretty fantastic print ads and TV spots as well as her installations. You must check out her website for larger photos and videos. Such talent.

Wild Flowers

Birds of the Open Forest

Aug 8, 2008

Aug 4, 2008