Posts Tagged ‘plant identification’

Battle of the Predators

Friday, October 1st, 2010

A few mornings ago I saw a praying mantis just outside my front door.  I rushed to get my camera and as I took the pictures, I wondered why she continued to pose for me.  Then I realized that a spider web enveloped some of her feet.

Praying Mantis Stuck on Wall

Stuck in an invisible spider web

I broke off the strand of web as best I could and let her climb onto a broom handle to find a new home.  I don’t know if the spider had already bitten her or not, but she still seemed to have some of her senses.

Praying Mantis and Rocky

Praying to Rocky Raccon for her good fortune

She chewed off some of the webbing on her front foot.  I don’t know if she could get this matted mess off of the back foot.  I didn’t want to try and get it myself, concerned that I might accidentally crush her foot.

Praying Mantis with web on foot

Foot covered with web

Moving her to a new home on the hierba santa plant, I wished her a speedy recovery.

Praying Mantis on hierba santa

New home on hierba santa leaf

Identification time!

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

It’s not really a big secret that I am not a plant geek.  In fact, up until a few years ago, I never had much use for flowers.  There.  I said it.  However, I’ve been coming around, and it would be nice to at least know what’s growing in my own yard. Posting pictures here on the blog and asking for help has yielded very successful results for me in the past (you garden blog readers are such a resourceful bunch!), so I’ve decided to do it again.

A few days ago, I was walking to my car when I noticed one of the bushes had several clusters of lovely little pink flowers. They looked like this:

Cute, eh?

Here’s what the whole bush looks like:

If you know this plant, please tell me what it is in the comments! My guess is it’s probably some really common shrub that I should feel embarrassed for not recognizing.


Many thanks to sharp-eyed Facebook fan Chris and our good friend Cindy for identifying this plant as Lespedeza thunbergii, also known as pink bush clover.