Friday, September 25, 2015

Flowers And Creepy Crawlies

Good afternoon. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your introspective doggie correspondent Chester L. W. Spaniel.

It's time for a flowers and crawlies post. Now that Fall is here, ghostwriter doesn't have many flowers blooming. That's because she planted hardly any annuals. She says she just let grow whatever thrives on neglect. 


Morning glory

Moon flower

Four o'clock



Garden Buddha with cherry tomatoes, salvia, and a milkweed leaf.

There are lots of crane flies around. Although they look like spiders with their long, gangly legs, they are completely harmless. 

There are stink bugs everywhere too! This kind is not native to North America and can cause damage to fruit crops. 

In Autumn, they' re trying to get inside your warm house to spend the winter. 

Don't freak out! This is just another type of stinky bug. Look at the pretty markings on its back. Ghostwriter researched, and found it's called a Western conifer seed bug.

I encountered this particular bug today, as it was still hanging around the shed, maybe because of the pine cones. I have to remind you doggies and kitties: they're called stink bugs for a reason! 



I left the stinky bug to check out my wonderful cone flower jungle. They don't look very pretty this time of year. Ghostwriter doesn't cut them down because the little gold finches like to eat the seeds. Sometimes we see six or eight of them clinging to the prickly cones enjoying their supper.

Yup. I am proud to say I've been diligently watering my cone flowers all summer. 

Oh, here's one more creepy crawlie. Ghostwriter was sitting in a chair in front of the garage when she saw this ant dragging a dead wasp around. She guesses the ants will have a feast if this one ever finds it's way home! 

Which reminds me … um, what's for dinner today? 


  1. There's this Gi--normous Praying Mantis that's been showing up on the back porch railing every afternoon in the same spot. Mom got a picture of it, but it sort of startled her when she first saw it.

    Abby Lab

  2. Chester, just about all our flowers have kicked the bucket here too, but you still have some pretty ones. That sedum is very nice and Mom loves the moon flower. We tried to do our best to water the flowers here too, but for some reason it is not always appreciated:(

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  3. Love all your flower pics Chester but mom says she can do without the bugs! BOL!
    Mr Bailey Hazel & Mabel

  4. We still got flowers here, course we still got temps in da 90s too.

  5. Those stinky bugs are so repulsive, even my kitties leave them alone, BOL!

    Our cone flowers had to be cut down, they had so much powdery mould on if the birds want seeds, they will have to go visit our compost pile...

  6. Stink bugs are the stinkiest buggies ever! Our mom planted 4'oclocks from seed this year and they came up. We are hoping that they self-sow!

  7. Oh yes Chester, I found out about stinky bugs the hard way...oophs!
    On my walkies today, in the big field, there were hundreds of crane flys, as you put your paw down loads just flew up in the air! I was very exhausted after all the chasing of thems I can tell you
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  8. OMD....What a great bunch of flowers and a lovely array of creepy crawlers!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo