Meet the garden staff at Cedar Sands

Meet the garden staff: head gardener, weeding assistant and pest controller.

Here is the head gardener, taking away another barrow-load of weeds:

Me, weeding
Me, weeding

I spotted this rabbit among my marigolds and was going to chase it away or make it a nice bed between two layers of pastry when I noticed it was ignoring the marigolds and eating the weeds, so it instantly got promoted to assistant gardener.

Rabbit, weeding
Rabbit, weeding

Another important task is getting rid of caterpillars that are eating the plants.  This pair of Thread-waisted wasps was taking a break from caterpillar hunting to make more wasps.

Thread-waisted Wasps
Thread-waisted Wasps

Once the eggs are fertilised, the female wasp will sting a caterpillar so it is alive but paralyzed. It will then stick it in a hole and lay an egg.  The wasp larva will eat the caterpillar alive, from the inside.  It would take a quirky sense of humour to invent one of these.

Author: Eric Lawton

Eric is a natural philosopher living in rural Ontario

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