Sunday, April 5, 2009

Garden Helpers

It's true, I have a lot of earth to contend with around here. The good news is, I've got excellent help.

We're continuing to work on clearing out last year's debris, so that everything is ready for planting. I'm totally winging it and learning as I go, which is frustrating and fun, all at the same time.

In a stroke of fabulous fortune, we found a woolly worm just as we were starting. He kept Calvin occupied for over an hour. Right away, he set off to make his friend a new home.

Charming place, huh? I'd live there, if I were a worm.

Look closely and you'll see him. He looks quite comfy!

Calvin has learned from the best: a home is made even homier when you add a flag.

Pruning back the rose bushes, I found this cocoon. I couldn't bear to cut it down, so one tall cane remains. I wonder what is in there? Do any of you happen to know about this sort of thing? I'm hoping it's not a lame-o moth. No offense to moths.

Ruby occupied herself for about 15 seconds with some sidewalk chalk.

Then she got mad at me for something and marched angrily toward the door. I don't remember what filled her with such contempt. I think I asked her to smile for the camera or something equally benign. Check out that lower lip!

She tried her best to ignore me and stay mad.

She tried.....She always tries.

But more and more (thank goodness!), she can't quite pull it off.