Sunday, September 8, 2013

Black & White Sunday Morning #GardenWalk

To the West the old Crape Myrtle
 Ground level young bean stems
 The Eye of the okra
 The Black & White Bee depositing future Color
 Happy Sunday
 Blue sky?
 Flower & Dinner
 Heres looking at you

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Driving in Florida During Lovebug Season

The Placida Nearctica better known as the $%^*&^%$# Lovebug, is really a march fly.   It is also known as the honeymoon fly, kissing bug, or double-headed bug. The adult is a small, flying insect common to parts of Central America and the southeastern United States, especially along the Gulf Coast.  During and after mating, adult pairs remain coupled, even in flight, for up to several days. 

Urban legend holds that Lovebugs are synthetic 
the result of a University of Florida genetics experiment gone wrong. It is thought a Florida State  alumni stated this rumor.

By the end of the 20th century the Lovebugs had spread heavily to all areas bordering the Gulf of Mexico, as well as Georgia, and South Carolina localized Lovebug flights can number in the hundreds of thousands. Two major flights occur each year, first in late spring, then again in late summer. In south Florida, we are sooo lucky a third flight can & almost always occurs in December. 

The spring flight occurs during late April and May, and in the summer during late August and September. Flights extend over periods of four to five weeks.  Mating takes place almost immediately after emergence of the females. Adult females live only three to four days, while males live a little longer.

This species' reputation as a public nuisance is due not to any bite or sting but to its slightly acidic body chemistry. Because airborne Lovebugs can exist in enormous numbers near highways, they die in large numbers on automobile windshields, hoods, and radiator grills when the vehicles travel at high speeds. If left for more than an hour or two, the remains become extremely difficult to remove. Their body chemistry has a nearly neutral 6.5 pH but may become acidic at 4.25 pH if left on the car for more than a day the little SOB’s will eat into your paint.

Another concern is excessive clogging of vehicle radiator air passages with the bodies of the adults, with the reduction of the cooling effect on engines, and the obstruction of windshields when the remains of the adults and egg masses are smeared on the glass.
 To clean Lovebugs of your vehicles try a used fabric softener sheet. Its texture is perfect for removing the bugs and will not scratch your cars finish. To help keep the bugs off of your car, you can spray Pam cooking spray or WD-40 on the front of your car. Just a light spray and keep them cleaned away with the dryer sheet.

The #$%^&*$ Lovebugs need to be removed every day during their season or your paint will look like my Nissan that was not taken care of before I bought it.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Red Coleus Cup

Now red coleus cup is the best receptacle
To start coleus for garden fairs and festivals
And you sir do not have a pair of tes------
If you prefer growing coleus in ceramic vestabowls

Hey red coleus cup is cheap and disposable
In fourteen years they are decomposable
And unlike my home they are not foreclosable
Freddie Mac can kiss my a--, woo!
Red coleus cup, I fill you with dirt
Let's have a garden party, 
I love you red coleus cup, I lift you up,
 As I go on my evening #gardenwalk

Now I've seen you in blue and I've seen you in yellow
But only you red will do for this fellow
Cause you are the Abbott into my Costello
And you are the Fruit to my Loom

Red coleus cup, you're more than just plastic
More than amazing, you're more than fantastic
And believe me that I'm not the least bit sarcastic
When I look at you and say:

"Red coleus cup, you're not just a cup
 (No, no, God no)
You're my friend, yea (Lifelong)
Thank you for being my #gardenchat friend"

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Two Faced Scarecrow

All summer the Two Faced Scarecrow
alone together beneath the driving rain;
South wind blows front and back
And blows scorched summer again; 
 Midnight 'neath a maze of stars
flames with glittering rime,
smiles to the south;
scowls to the north
 Across the garden
Of sun-begotten grain,
Two Faced Scarecrow watches
for the harvest once again.

Saturday, July 27, 2013