Last year I planted three varieties of coleus. Although all three have flourished, the variety pictured above is drawing a great deal of wildlife. Ever since the blooms appeared about a month ago, the insects have been coming. During the day, the blooms are abuzz with activity. There are so many kinds of bees. And I've been trying to photograph a blue bee with black stripes...haven't succeeded so far. If the bugs come, can the lizards be far behind? This one loves to hang out here. Yesterday, I saw it chomping heartily on a winged morsel. And he's not the only one! Close by, on the wall, his cousin lies in wait too. This one has beautiful markings near the eyes, and on the neck. Predator and prey. I wonder if he can make a meal of that ferocious-looking bee... When I planted the coleus, I never imagined that I would be so richly rewarded. The humming moth was photographed here too. But to capture a lizard eyeing at me or the bees, was surely, the last thing on my mind!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau