I think I’m going to start a new feature called “Backyard Ballad” in which I post a couple of snaps of whatever is happening around our yard.We have flowers and animals and get-togethers and campfires and hummingbirds and hammocks and I think this would be a nice way to look back and remember the little moments which make this place so special to us. I thought about calling it Back-yode, like an ODE to the backyard, but I talked myself out of it instantly and then I wrote this sentence.
These few pics are from one of the two sunny days last week.
We called these “spit bugs” when I was a kid. These little insects leave white, bubbly blobs on long grasses which look a lot like spit; ergo, spit bug. I just checked on Wikipedia and apparently, they are more well-known as “froghoppers”* and can jump “many times their height and length.”
Anyway, when we were really little we used to pick them up with our fingers and look for the tiny, little green bug inside them.
That is an activity that I have outgrown.
And this is a pretty little catnip plant** which we planted after Brother T cleared the back part of the yard.
*of the superfamily Cercopoidea
**better known as nepeta cataria