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We have suffered through consistent wind for days now – this is the norm for this time of year in Cape Town – and I grow weary of it! I have no joy playing in the garden when the southeaster howls through the town. The wind has a nasty habit of bringing with it flies! I don’t know why! It seems to be a common thing here in Philly! It doesn’t make weather pattern sense – but thats what the townfolk say! The garden was looking parched, so I was out watering the garden this evening and I came across a few bugs and things. Look what the wind blew into my garden. Christine, you have some real beauties! Mine, I hope will match up to yours…

[one_half]My favourite little helper in the garden![/one_half]

[one_half_last]I don’t think that he is a good guy![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Look, I found a baby chameleon[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Oh look, another one! His brother?[/one_half_last]

[one_half]A little garden spider – another helper![/one_half]

[one_half_last]This one looks hungry! A moth or a butterfly?[/one_half_last]

I’m glad there is a good mix of welcome vs nasty!

Happy Gardening xxxx

By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

14 replies on “Bugs and things”

We’ve had toads, snakes and salamanders in our garden but no chameleons. Alas. What I do have in the house right now is a celebratory Givaway in honor of my 4th Blogoversary. Come and visit.

LOVE the baby chameleons! Gardening has definitely made me to appreciate bugs, even though they still scare me when one of them pops up while I’m poking around the garden.

You have chameleons! Envious! (But then IF we had them, we’d have to cage them away from the cats …)

If that caterpillar is on a citrus tree? Citrus swallowtail. If you bother it, it raises two orangy red horns and sprays you with citrus oil.

YES! It’s in my lemon tree!! Thanks for the warning, but I’d love to see it faise its horns – for a photo you know!

(My first comment got eaten — apologies if both show up)

Baby chameleon! I’m usually jealous when the warm-weather gardeners post photos of geckos and other lizards, but you’ve just moved to the top of my envious-of-your-garden-lizards list!

This doesn’t seem like a creature that you should find in your yard — like pandas, monkeys, and parrots (although you probably have parrots too). Not fair!

I’d go with moth caterpillar. I’d look it up for you but I’m too busy looking at the chameleon photos. 🙂

I have to share this with you ……The chameleons were “imported” 2 years ago. There were some youngsters “selling” chameleons in the neighbourhood and when my hubby saw them he bought 4!!!!! These kids kept coming with more and more…. needless to say we ended up with 24 and they got lots of pocket money for this! 🙂 Now we only have 5 of the original batch, but they keep making new ones!!

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