A garden is the best alternative therapy.

The complex web of life never ceases to amaze me.  In my backyard alone, I can cultivate certain plants and attract specific creatures who will come and live out their lives.  I can watch as all levels of life spring forth and do what they do best.  I can witness competition among different species of plants and insects.   I can watch a delicate butterfly feeding on a flower or a hungry caterpillar destroy a perfectly healthy plant.  I can watch one plant grow like crazy while another one just like it struggles to make it.   Fungi, insects, plants and animals – in my own little slice of the Earth.   And all of this has been made possible by small efforts to improve the land by adding a few attractive plants.   It just goes to show me – and amaze me – that, in every square inch, life is bursting forth, continually seeking growth and balance.

Honeybee (good) hovers above a cucumber beetle (bad) on a poppy.

A flower made of crinkled tissue paper

Natural Balance: Crab spider and Cucumber beetle (click)


Comments on: "In Every Square Inch …" (4)

  1. Thank you for this thoughtful post. It is so easy to become blind to the wonders all around us. Loved the crinkled poppy–I wonder if it was having a bad hair day?

    • roundrockgarden said:

      🙂 Thank you for saying so. It can sometimes be difficult maintaining focus on the the truly important things in our lives. We get too wrapped up and busy that we no longer see the miracle that is our lives. The poppy was about as fresh as they come, having just burst out of her little fuzzy pod a couple of hours earlier. She was still stretching out. The warm Texas sun ironed her out pretty quickly, though!

  2. I have been seeing some of those cucumber beetles lately. I will have to find out more about those bad little things. Also, there are ants everywhere I look…not fire ants. Poppies are so pretty, I’m definitely putting them on my to add list. It is interesting how we have to put up with the pesky little bugs a little bit in order to get the beneficials to reach a balance.

    • roundrockgarden said:

      From Wikipedia: “The two most common pests in this family are the striped cucumber beetle and spotted cucumber beetle, which looks very much like a green ladybug. However, unlike the ladybug, cucumber beetles are not considered beneficial insects. They are sucking invaders which harm crops and ornamental plants.

      At two stages of their approx. 8 week lifespan, these insects cause damage to plants. Adults will attack the tender young growth of stems and leaves, and the buds and petals on mature specimens. They also carry and spread the bacterial wilt organism, Pseudomonas amygdali pv. lachrymans, and the cucumber mosaic virus. Eggs are laid in clusters on the underside of host leaves, and hatch into yellowish larvae (coloration varies) approx 1/2″ long. The larvae then commence to feed on plant roots by tunneling into the ground. In some areas, the larvae is called the ‘corn rootworm'”

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