The Balance of Nature
This is another piece in my ongoing series of abstract landscape collages. I’m enjoying this theme, especially with so much country scenery around me. Its influence is unavoidable, so I might as well go with it for a while.
Closer to home, the garden is full of daily surprises. New shoots, blooms, bugs, worms, and hopefully enough of an organic mini-ecosystem that there will be a balance between the beneficial and not-so-beneficial. There is at least one huge green tomato hornworm chomping on my juicy tomatoes, but I haven’t found it/them yet. However, I will not give up until I do. Without chemical sprays in my yard, I’m hoping I can encourage these lovely little beneficial wasps to come do their dirty work on the hornworms.
What I didn’t know until last year is that they are the larvae of a hummingbird moth! At first glance I have mistaken those moths for hummingbirds a couple of times, as they are huge, and have a long proboscis that resembles a hummingbird’s beak.
Last year our teenage neighbor was in my back yard when I caught one of the worms and carefully removed it from the tomato plant. He wanted to keep it as a pet, so I put in in a big jar for him, punched holes in the lid, and we put in several tomato leaves. He had wanted to try to watch it make a cocoon. He came over for more leaves for several days, but the poor thing just didn’t make it.
This is our first ripe tomato this year. That was a week ago, and now several more are getting ready for the table. I just hope we get them before the caterpillars do.