Curiosities are part of the reason I love living close to the earth as MM and I do out here JOTOLR. Today, two mysteries. Short post, though, as we are on our way to another of those dratted “town trips.” Remember those bumper stickers that touted what the driver would rather be doing. Mine is, "I'd rather be home gardening."
Something likes my Columbine. The artistry it creates is quite lovely, I think, but more than that, how does it do that? The leaf is not “chewed.” It’s sucked. So, what is it that can suck out a leaf, leave this fascinating trail, and what is the nature of the food it gets in the process?
Second, something likes my Hollyhock leaves. I never see a thing resembling a predator, but the leaves always become ugly this time of year…What is it? How does it multiply? Is it a fungus? Or….what?
Finally, the Bright Lights Swiss Chard is just about to find its way into canning jars. Unfortunately, it doesn’t retain that lovely color, but is oh-so-good!