Little Things

A small sphynx moth feeding on tiny verbena bonariensis flowers

We gardeners notice the little things. As I was weeding  my vegetable garden, I saw some tiny insects hopping around. On closer inspection, I realized that they were tiny baby crickets. I love that!

We also look for little pests, not only on the ground, but on our plants. If we’re being thorough, we are turning over the leaves to catch things like sawfly larvae lurking under there. I like to toss them out in the open so the robins can eat them.

Often, the nicest garden vignettes start as seedlings that volunteered – just showed up in the perfect spot. If the spot isn’t perfect, we move those seedling where they will be happier or work better.

Sometimes smaller is tastier. The tiny fruits of this Chocolate cherry tomato are packed with huge flavor.

Chocolate Cherry: as delicious as it sounds.

I love looking for tiny white monarch butterfly eggs on the leaves of milkweed plants – which I allow to grow freely in one corner of the garden.

Of course, there’s always the thrill of seeing seeds germinate – those cotyledons pushing up through the soil. Inside, I enjoy seeing my miniature orchids, especially the diminutive Haraella Retrocala odorata, flower with as much power as the big guys.

So many small, everyday garden occurrences, but I appreciate each one.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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4 Responses to Little Things

  1. cj wright says:

    That’s such a pretty little moth. It looks like a fairy. You’re so right, dirtynailz. It is the little things. So often, we’re the only ones who notice as we stroll about our gardens and spy the little miracles of nature. We’re lucky.


  2. Wendy says:

    What a great photo of the sphinx moth. I need to try that chocolate cherry tomato. The color is beautiful. I identified a bird using my bird book today (a chickadee) that was pretty cool. Unfortunately, I often miss “the little things” in my garden these days. btw, thanks for the dodger’s list site, I had actually been on that site nonstop. I told the vet at the VCA and he said the woman who started that site was a client of theirs.


    • dirtynailz says:

      Those moths are pretty easy to photograph because they browse kind of slowly. I love watching them feed.
      I just received my “Totally Tomatoes” catalog yesterday (kind of early, I think) and Chocolate Cherry is in it, FYI.

      So glad you knew about Dodger’s List. It really is a great resource. I had a dachsie go down with disc disease. After his surgery, he could walk but he had a permanent loss of control over his bladder or bowels. It didn’t seem right to even consider having him euthanized if he was happy and mobile, so I accessed Dodgers List to learn how to manually empty him. It worked and he lived to a ripe old age.


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