Friday, August 25, 2017

Flowers (And Bugs) On Friday

Greetings loyal readers. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your dedicated doggie reporter 
Chester L. W. Spaniel.

We've been having a lot of thunder storms lately. This has been good for the garden. So I have some nice flowers to show you. 




Black-eye Susan

Sun flowers

A flower growing in Oma's yard.

It is now time for some science.

Here's something Dad found in the rafters of the garage:

Do you know what it is? 

This is the tubular nest of a mud dauber wasp. These wasps build them out of bits of mud, and then fill them with spiders they have caught and paralyzed. When the wasp larvae hatch, they will have a fresh meal ready to eat!

Kind of creepy, isn't it? But that's how nature works. And speaking of spiders …


We check the milkweeds every day to see if we find any monarch butterfly caterpillars. None yet! But we did come across a clever spider who was using the milkweed pods for his web. He came out to say hello for a moment.

Then he retreated to his lair. Do you see him in there?  Ghostwriter dropped a Japanese beetle into the web which disappeared quickly.

I hope he had a nice dinner.

So now we'll look at a few more flowers.

 For our final flower picture, we have the hostas blooming by the back door.

These hostas are originally from our Oma's back yard, and are a very old variety. They bloom later in the summer than other hostas. The big white flowers smell sweet. However, they are also an attraction to slugs. Ghostwriter usually picks them off and flicks them out of the yard.

I do what I can about these pests by regularly peeing on these plants.


We always like to watch this video during slug season.

Oh, and happy National Dog Day tomorrow!

Here's the poster that's up at the Nursing home where ghostwriter works. I wonder if I'll win as the cutest doggie???


  1. You gave my Mom goosebumps with the spider. She HATES spiders though she knows they eats bad bugs around the house. We both enjoyed the flowers!

    Abby Lab

  2. Oh, Chester, that wasp nest is really creepy looking. But oh that rose, it is just perfect.

    Happy weekend.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  3. your flower are very pretty - but we skipped by the spider quickly so as not to give mom the creepies!
    Hazel & Mabel

  4. Your flower close-ups are just stunning, Chester! Each and every one of them! And every picture of you is so adorable and funny☺

  5. Hi Chester ... well, we LOVES your flowers, and we know they need the bugs and the bugs need them. But truthfully, we could do without many of the buggie-things ... especially the hu-mom doesn't like those mud daubers which were always all over her house when she lived in Florida. YUK! But ... that's life, mmm!

  6. That was a funny video. We would be voting for you for cutest pup if we were there.

  7. I don't see a cuter doggie on that poster, Chester! Tell your Ghostwriter that her flowers are bootifur! The wasp nest, not so much, BOL!!

  8. Wow!! You have some really fabulous flowers!! We know that there has been lots more thunderstorms in Canandaigua than we have had here in Northern NY! Your flowers are much prettier!
    Xo Chloe, Romeo and Juliet

  9. Such pretty flowers. We get those mud daubers here too...and way too many spiders for petcretary's comfort, BOL!

    That is some pawsome hosta!

    Yes, we would for sure vote you the cutest!