Saturday, 10 May 2008

Spider and flowers

Incarvillea are such beautiful flowers. I love the way they just hang on their long stem waving about in the breeze. The bees love them to which for me personally is a bonus. Mine grow in a large tub, I am not sure if rabbits eat these or not. I certainly am not taking the chance, so in the pot they stay.
Another shot just because its such a pretty bloom.

I apologise straight away to anyone who does not like spiders but this absolutely fascinated me. I was in the garden early this morning looking for lily beetles, like you do. I stumbled across the spider killing a cardinal beetle. I couldn't get a better shot as there was a lot of foliage around them. Its amazing what you can find if you look closely enough.


10 comments:

Grand Life said...

Beautiful post. I love the photo of the spider.
Judy

Wendy said...

Beautiful incarvillea. I'd never heard of them. Are they by any chance related to bougainvillea? (I probably spelled it wrong).

I also find spider webs absolutely magical. I don't like to think of their purpose (killing insects), but they do have to survive. I am just fascinated with the way they weave their webs and how they glisten in the sun.

Rose said...

It's amazing to me all the different varieties of flowers. I've never heard of an incarvillea before nor the poached egg plant (what a clever name!) you posted yesterday. I don't know if they aren't found in the US or if we use a different name for them. They are beautiful, none the less.

Spiders don't bother me, and I leave them alone (unless I find them in the house) because I know they're going to eat some insects I don't want around.

Cheryl said...

Hi Judt I do to, this is nature at its best.

Cheryl said...

Hi Wendy...they are not related to the bougainvillea, as far as I know. I know that they originate from Asia and they grow from rooted crowns.
Spider web are beautiful....I love spiders and they do get rid of a lot of nasty pests, good ones to though!

Cheryl said...

They are beautiful, aren't they. You can't walk past this plant the blooms are quite shocking.
I am a spider lover. Don't know what Beckie will think when she comes through??

Dirty Knees said...

Most spiders are not a problem, although they CAN startle me when I first see them. LOL

Dirty Knees said...

I noticed that several people haven't recognized the incarvillea as hardy gloxinia. Which reminds me, I haven't seen mine in my garden...need to check that!

Cheryl said...

Hi Dirty Knees....I must admit I had forgotten that, thanks for reminding me.

Hedgewitch said...

this made me smile, because I was out with mr. hedgewitch this morning picking off lily beetles in his container garden.. I spot them, he crunches them underfoot .. ugh!