Some are alien looking like the golden one. The one that calmly sat on my arm while I took numerous pictures looks like a cartoon character with its staring round eye. There are large beige and gray ones that are rather paleolithic, and there are some camouflage ones that look like army vehicles. And they have all converged on the garden. The green beans were their first choice. Now they are
|Obliging Grasshopper Model|
My only plan at the moment is to put a birdbath near the bamboo and see if I can't entice the bluebirds, flycatchers, and buntings to do a better job.
Years ago a friend covered her tables at her wedding reception with pastel net over white cloths. Afterwards, she gave me yards and yards of net. If I had all that netting today I would cover the garden beds with it.
|Melon plant courtesy FrankenFather|
|Red Flame Seedless Grape|
The last photo shows the growth of our Red Flame Seedless Grape. I am astounded by the length of the vine in just one growing season, about twelve feet so far. When I planted it this spring the above ground vine was about eight or ten inches. It has grown this much in about three months. This is my first experience growing grapes and I am amazed at how well all of the vines have grown. I will need some study trellises next year.
Pillaging grasshoppers, exuberant grapes and mysterious melons. It is hard to be bored in the garden. Voltaire was right to remind us to tend our gardens but he didn't give credit where credit was due, good gardens owe something to God's handiwork.