Sometimes I don’t see the forest for the tree.
Yesterday for example, when I was watering my garden, this is what I saw, and at the time I thought: “Yeah, a grasshopper that’s not eating anything!”
Then this morning, when I downloaded the photo from my iPhone, I saw the whole picture and the entire forest came into view.
Sneaky little bugger and I’ve no doubt it’s out there now chomping away on something.
Between some plants succumbing to excess water due to all the rain we’ve been having (but thankfully, we’ve not been flooded like others) and the grasshoppers eating their way through the plants they like to eat, I’ve got a lot of gardening to do to fill in the gaps that are starting to appear. One plant disappeared overnight and I continue to pray that the grasshopper will ‘move on‘ soon.
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Besides the insects that find my garden an irresistible buffet, our weather has been so unusual that other plants don’t know what to make of the situation.
I’ve got an Asparagus fern that threw out a shoot.
Something it has only ever done in December.
I’ve got a late flowering Hoya.
Usually, they flower through Spring and Summer (September to February).
And over the weekend, I saw a new Agapanthus I was surprised to see in flower.
In Australia, Agapanthus flower from mid-November to the end of January.
Although, because this Agapanthus variety is (appropriately) called Popping Purple, I could not walk past without picking it up and bringing it home – after I’d paid for it.
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I am hopeful that the grasshoppers move on soon, and that my garden recovers from their eating frenzy. At least they are leaving my Poinsettias alone.