Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
|Luna Moth (Actias luna)|
Almost the size of my hand (of course I forgot to put my hand next to it for comparison!) and is truly a beautiful pale green. It's is also fuzzy.
This one is hanging on my front storm door. Too bad it didn't pick something nicer looking for this picture like a flower or a shrub, but I think if I tried to move it, I would've lost my photo opportunity.
Curious, I did a little research and found that after hatching from the cocoon, it doesn't eat, having no mouth parts and lives only a week, long enough to mate and lay eggs.
The Luna Moth is one of the largest moths in North America.
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Monday, July 7, 2014
I use three trailing Torenia (wishbone flower) and three pink Calibrachoa (million bells) in a 12 inch hanging basket.
The Torenia is deer resistant but the Calibrachoa isn't. This basket is hanging by the back door where the dogs go in and out, so unless the deer get really bold, they should leave it a lone. It's also in front of the window so we can see the hummingbirds visit it.
I mix my own soil, 1 part organic peat, 1 part organic compost or mushroom compost, 1/2 part untreated vermiculite or perlite (no added fertilizers), and about 2 tablespoons per gallon of soil of dry organic, low nitrogen fertilizer.
I grow a lot of plants so I usually mix up a wheelbarrow full at a time- so I add about 2 cups of the fertilizer per wheelbarrow- it's never an exact science with me- then I mix it all together with a shovel.
This is a very easy care basket for part shade areas. Make sure your basket has a drain hole and just water when soil starts to feel dry or the basket feels light (don't let it get bone dry though). You can also get in the habit of touching the soil every time you pass by.