If you live on the East Coast, then I am sure you were
inundated with rain yesterday.
We took shelter inside the house
and caught up with our reading for most of the day,
with the exception of going out to take care of the animals.
(And yes, Hickory insisted upon donning her raincoat
and accompanying us!)
Our band of silly Roos, the Frat Pack,
sought shelter on our lower front porch,
occasionally peeking in the front window to our family room.
I spent a little time organizing my thoughts and planning
our garden boxes for this summer.
Saturday's mail brought the delivery of one of my favorite
seed orders....one that I wanted to tell you about.
Have you ever tried seed tape?
Last summer for the first time, I ordered this type of seed.
It comes perfectly spaced on a little tape of tissue-like paper.
You simply make a little furrow,
spread the tape,
cover with a small amount of soil,
and you end up with perfectly spaced rows of yummy vegetables.
If you are like me, you find ways to make gardening a bit easier.
Not having to thin out seedlings when you plant root vegetables
is a huge time saver.
Very soon, I will sew radishes and beets and then a little later carrots.
I use other seeds for heirloom varieties of these veggies,
but seed tapes really help to make the job easier.
Lastly I wanted to show you a fellow who somehow ended up
in our bedroom, yesterday.
Hubbs gave him a lift back outside where he belongs.
He is a polyphemus moth with a wingspan of 5 - 6 inches.
He had quite a hairy little body and lovely wing markings
with four transparent spots.
These moths are silk moths that are common
throughout the forests of the U.S.
subsisting on the leaves of broad leafed plants.
Their cocoons are spun with brown silk.
On the subject of insects, etc., I was happy to see a few of these
out on the driveway in the rain yesterday.
The robins will be happy to see these guys, too,
as they are a staple in the robins' diet.
Oh, and I pulled two ticks off of Sam and Oakley yesterday.
It's Frontline season again!
There you have it....rain, seeds, bugs....just a few of the many
sure signs of Spring!