It was a brilliant sunny morning after a freezing night, and there were still spots of frost in the shadows. I filled a vase with water in the porch and headed out with some scissors to pick flowers. When I came back there was a small weta floating spreadeagled in the vase. I scooped him out and put him down in the sun, worried about his dip in the freezing water, but he quickly started looking for shelter and shade, first trying the vase, and then the scissors as a hiding place.
I finally covered him up with some Kale leaves I had harvested while picking the flowers. I think he is a young male Tree Weta (Hemideina thoracica). I’ll post some more pictures of him later.
My Honeywort – Cerinthe is doing incredibly well now that I have finally planted the seeds. It’s a mini forest of plants, just coming into flower.
There are plenty of Narcissus this week, mostly Erlicheer, but also ‘Silver Chimes’ and ‘Indian Maid’.
The Silver Chimes are looking less damaged this week. Aside from the purple Verbena, there are some unidentified purple and white annuals which were the only thing which grew in a wildflower mix. I would love to know what they are. The yellow Narcissus is ‘Indian Maid’.
Amazingly the Tree Dahlia still had a few flowers so I included some of these, and a Nahema rose bud.
Thanks to Cathy, who hosts this meme each week at Rambling in the Garden.