Friday, June 08, 2012

Night Visitor Chose Late Checkout

Luna Moth
Every night a wonderful assortment of moths gather near the dim light of the front door. In the morning it's interesting to count the different colors and types of night fliers that spend the day on the shutters, flag, plants and screen door. They don't seem to mind our coming and going through the door and on the porch during the day. They snooze and wait for dark.

Last night this beautiful luna moth must have decided to rest in shelter when the sun came up. I found it sleeping on the potted hibiscus tree, right next to the door. I happened to spot this gorgeous visitor in mid-afternoon. Shortly after our impromptu photo session, this green and purple lovely flew into the forest, high into the pine trees. Maybe he or she will return tonight! 

Friday, June 01, 2012

And then there was mulch ...

Now that the front yard has 3 levels instead of a steep slope, and all the boulders have been placed to create wide spaces for gardening, wandering and stepping between levels from driveway to porch, the mulch is down.

All that's left for us to do is plant ... and we have plenty of perennials to move from our old gardens to these new beds.

Those little sticks in the front are markers for where we're planting two winter berry shrubs in one of the three rain gardens along the driveway.

Oh, and that bit of grass that remains in front will be left in place to filter any runoff until the plants are established, then I'm converting it to ground cover plants. No mowing!