Wednesday, May 27, 2009
First Canna Blooms
Canna glauca 'Panache'
Canna 'Dawn Pink'
Canna 'Cardinal Sinn'
Monday, May 25, 2009
Canna Buds Appear!
Canna 'Dawn Pink' is one of the first with buds.
WooHoooo! Dawn Pink is going to bloom any minute. Every time I walk among my cannas, I find a new bud. So far, I have spotted them on Cardinal Sinn, Edna Tulip, Orange Punch and Panache. There is a good chance some of these will be open tomorrow.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Dazzler Gaillardia With Canna Seedlings
I'm definitely dazzled by Dazzler
This is the first bloom of Gaillardia 'Dazzler' - who I grew from seeds. I have five of them in my rose garden and gave some to my Mom, too. They are supposed to be different colors. We shall see.
Notice the canna seedlings in 6" pots in the background. They are coming along nicely, already showing their own personalities. Some are shooting straight up. Others are short with curly leaves. Cute. It is a joy to watch them grow and develop.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Awesome!! Natural Enemy Turns Fire Ants Into Zombies!
BWAaaa-ha-ha-ha-ha!!! Exactly what their bite victims have been wishing would happen to them:
The flies "dive-bomb" the fire ants and lay eggs. The maggot that hatches inside the ant eats away at the brain, and the ant starts exhibiting what some might say is zombie-like behavior.
"At some point, the ant gets up and starts wandering," said Rob Plowes, a research associate at UT.
The maggot eventually migrates into the ant's head, but Plowes said he "wouldn't use the word 'control' to describe what is happening. There is no brain left in the ant, and the ant just starts wandering aimlessly. This wandering stage goes on for about two weeks."
About a month after the egg is laid, the ant's head falls off and the fly emerges ready to attack any foraging ants away from the mound and lay eggs.