Possumhaw: Of spiders and issues

Shannon Bardwell

I take a cup and a serviette. I catch a spider, put it outdoors and permit it to stroll away. I hope I’m greeted with the identical sort of mercy. – Rudy Francisco, spoken poet (1982-)

Spiders so wanted and but so misunderstood. – Donna Lynn Hope, American creator (1973-)

Properly, we survived one other week of maximum temperatures. When the times begin reaching 100 levels of actual temperature there’s plenty of watering to do. It was so sizzling to ensure that all of the crops to outlive it meant watering at the very least twice a day, typically more-so for the potted crops. Principally the watering is finished the old style approach of hauling water buckets round. On the finish of the day when the solar is sinking and the shade creeping, I would use the water hose so the spray received’t scald the foliage. I’m fairly proud we haven’t actually misplaced any crops, simply possibly some needing a bit pruning or plucking an expired flower so one other might bloom as a replacement. I don’t plant something fancy, principally a wide range of petunias, dianthus, zinnias, marigolds, begonias and impatiens. There are some perennial roses, clematis, ajuga, mums and Prairie petunias. I walked round watering when it occurred to me: I haven’t seen a yellow and black backyard spider in years. The place have they gone? They’re extremely stunning with a particular yellow and black marker, some white, lengthy legs making them an inch or so longer. The online they weave resembles a zipper. Backyard spiders can chew if bothered although the venom is innocent. Nonetheless a chew is a chew.

On the again porch I discovered a round net. The online had been broken and there have been no occupants. I can solely guess a fowl attacked the online, taking out the spider. It occurs. On the entrance porch there was one other Orb Weaver spider. The wind precipitated his masterpiece to sway backwards and forwards. Orb Weavers are identified for constructing webs in excessive grass, hanging from timber, in corners of a house, or on the entrance porch. Google says spiders come out extra usually, constructing their out of doors insect traps, in the course of the transition from summer season to fall. It does make sense to construct on the porch close to the porch gentle the place bugs go to. The season can also be the mating season for spiders and lasts about two months. It appears a bit early solely as a result of it’s so sizzling. Sometimes, as fall nears, we take a Gator experience by way of the woods the place we stock a stick with swing in entrance of the Gator keeping off spider webs to the face. It’s system whether or not you’re taking a stroll or experience in a Gator to take a stick.

We nonetheless have quite a few butterflies flying round. I do love them so. I hope they by no means get caught in an online. I’ve been hoping I can get a butterfly to take a seat on my hand like I coaxed the Blue Dasher dragonfly to take a seat on my finger out close to the perennial backyard. Whereas I used to be having fun with watching the spider net, one thing lit on my hand. I absentmindedly brushed it apart solely to see it was a butterfly. Hopefully I’ll get one other likelihood.

Shannon Bardwell is a author residing quietly within the Prairie. E mail reaches her at msdeltachild@msn.com.

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