Late September/Early October in Spy Garden

Moonflower

Asters

Little pink globes

Some type of eggshell found in the woods with a little snail

Spy Garden

Late September!! The fall weather has been slow to arrive!

A few tomatoes have managed to survive our extreme neglect

At the library we noticed this painting with monarchs:

“Monarch” (get it?)

Well executed trompe l’oeil

Trompe l’oeil means trick of the eye and is a painting technique that makes a painting appear three dimensional. It was used in all the paintings being shown (they aren’t collages); these are all watercolor paintings. The artist is Kent Addison.

Pointing out a tear in the paper that is really trompe l’oeil

Reading in the library

12 years old!

Homecoming Parade

Llama (and alpaca) refusing to participate in the parade haha

Getting to meet some “Silkies”

Monarch Mania

Favorite!!!

Pure magic!

We raised the caterpillars in a large glass pitcher but then carefully transferred the coccoons to a stick (hung between two pieces of wood) for better viewing.

I can’t get over those pure gold specks on the cocoons!

Newly hatched

Wet wings flapping in the breeze

Two hatched at almost the exact same time; a male and a female

When the last one was about to hatch,

‘Zilla demanded we bring it to school (she didn’t want to miss it!)

Monarch freshly hatched at school!

Her class released it into the school’s butterfly garden

I was so nervous about capturing the caterpillars, I would’ve felt so bad if they didn’t survive! But it was very easy you basically just give them plenty of milkweed and a roof from which to hang from and they will do the rest!


She was more interested in them than the Spy and his friend, ha!

Consider this a PSA for growing milkweed (the only things monarchs can eat)!

 

Feeling Like Fall

Cotton

The garden is chock-full of weeds but there are always still many wonderful things to find even in an extremely neglected garden.

What can we find in here?

Favorite!!!

Monarchs are so special; their delicate butterfly-ness coupled with a crazy long distance migration, their turquoise and gold-spottedย chrysalises, etc., etc. So when we saw a bunch (I think 8 total) we decided to try and raise a few to watch them closely.

Plenty of milkweed for eating!

And…

GAHHhhh!!! One already turned into a cocoon!

This picture is not the best but not to worry: when the other two turn intoย chrysalises, I plan on gently removing this top piece and taking approximately 735 photos of them with varied lightings and backgrounds. Babyzilla also wanted in on the action but chose a:

Tomato Hornworm

And named it “Wilbert”.

These turn into Sphinx moths

Wilbert hasn’t been cared for quite as carefully as the monarchs. (e.g. I stepped on him when he was crawling across the living room floor). Fortunately I have high arches and he was not crushed. That was a few days ago and he is still munching away at tomatoes/tomato leaves in a glass container. Outside.

Stay tuned for updates!

In other news, the Spy’s football team played their biggest rival (last year they lost to them twice, though it was very close) and they won 12-6!!

Football boy

Going,

Going,

Gone!

80 yard run after an interception! He also scored the second touchdown!

So happy!

And the 6th grade team has their own 6th grade cheerleaders; so cute

Winners of “The Battle of 109”!

‘Zilla has been working on her equestrian skills.

Learning to hold the reins

Our friend’s new horse, Peter

Horsie hug

Watch and learn, Peter! (He hasn’t been broken yet but seems quite eager)

Nice form!

Learning to steer

Yay!

We’ve also been crafting a little and channelled the 90s with some puffy paint:

And some homemade Gak. I was not involved with this one. haha

Close?

Little bouquet

Bunny tootsies

Stick bug

Moon…

Flower

Cotton Ball (I assume the cotton will pop out of this)

Tomato “Copia”

Lambs quarter turning pink

And note the fall light; its like the perfect photography studio!

Thank you for visiting and hope you all are enjoying the first bit of fall!