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*Aliens in the Garden

  • Posted on September 25, 2009 at 6:36 am

Recently it seems that my garden has been taken over by what appear to be aliens from another world.


Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

First is this lovely Praying Mantis, he is about 4″ long and was found sitting on the window screen looking at me as I took his picture. It was quiet spooky.

Praying Mantis are generally classed as beneficial insects for the garden, however they are very predatory and will eat anything they can capture  and consume, including small beneficials such as ladybugs. Larger Praying Mantis will prey on small frogs, snakes, rodents, lizards and birds, yes even hummingbirds I was shocked to learn recently. Still, overall, probably a good friend for the gardener.


It has been raining a lot here recently and on one of our deck tables the other morning, we found this surprising visitor. There are actually rows and rows of it between the slats of the table.


Orange fungi

Orange fungi

After taking a picture of it, I googled it  of course. The taller ones stand about 1/2″ high and it’s called Dacryopinax spathularia, also known as jelly fungus.

Bright yellow troops of this jelly fungus often decorate wooden tables, chairs and fences, in addition to decaying or burnt logs in forest openings. They quickly dry to inconspicuous orange filaments after the rain stops, but just as quickly spring back again to brilliance in the next shower.

Dacryopinax spathularia (syn. Guepinia spathularia) is an edible jelly fungus. It is orange in color. In Chinese culture, it is called guihua er (桂花耳; literally “sweet osmanthus ear,” referring to its similarity in appearance to that flower). It is sometimes included in a vegetarian dish called Buddha’s delight. (Wikipedia)


So, dear friends, if you check your garden regularly you too might find some weird and strange visitors. If so, I’d love to see the pictures.

Have a great day – Ellen

*Miniature Chest Contest Entries

  • Posted on September 22, 2009 at 8:47 am

Wow, it’s been a really crazy month and I’m just now getting back to blogging. This month’s miniature chest contest has been a lot of fun. I think a lot of people have had a great time with the miniature check contest and truly isn’t that the point of this wonderful world of miniatures. I know a lot of people have enjoyed making the kits and I’ve gotten a chance to visit with quite a few of them.

Because I’ve been a bit ‘out of pocket’, I’m going to hold the entries I have until next Monday and add any more that come in between now and Sunday, September 27, Midnight. Yes, I’m extending the deadline a week because I haven’t been around to remind you to get the entries in. To those who did enter, my sincerest appreciation and thanks. You’ve done a great job and I can’t wait to show off your work.

I don’t have time to send anyone one of the free chest kits now in order to enter, but if you have a kit already, you’re set. Plus, there will be future contests.

Remember to send your entries to me at and look for the entries to vote on next monday (September 28). Also, thanks for checking out my kits. Have a delightful day!


Terre's Box

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