July 6, 2010
Whew. Okay. I am traumatized.
I went out to water my tomato plant and calamondin orange tree tonight. I’m always looking for new growth on my orange tree, but this time I noticed something strange. It looked like two little clay cells, each about the size of a marble, all sealed up. So after Jon and I poked it for a while and nothing happened, I used a pair of scissors to cut one open. Inside were several little green caterpillars and some dirt. Eventually I convinced myself that these little caterpillars were going to wake up and eat my orange tree, so I snapped the clay cells off and sent them on their way off the balcony.
I came back inside to Google it–and according to my search, it looks like a wasp laid a nest in my orange tree! They sting little caterpillars to stun them, then lock them inside clay cells with their eggs so the baby wasps will have something to eat when they hatch. Um, EW! I’m soooo glad that’s off my balcony–and I hope the caterpillars I freed will wake up and live full little caterpillar lives. The wasps won’t come back, will they? Does anyone know? PLEASE TELL ME!
But there’s one good thing to come out my orange tree tonight–its first flower! Ta-da!
June 28, 2010
I am not a gardener. I don’t know a thing about flowers. Which is making my newest hobby pretty difficult.
It all started with a little tomato plant that one of Jon’s clients gave him. We’ve even got a nickname for him because one time I said “tomato plant” and Jon heard “tiny tomate.” So the nickname stuck, even though he’s considered a “big boy tomato,” whatever that is. When I first planted it a month ago, it looked like this.
Yesterday, it looked like this:
These things grow so quickly! Still no tomatoes yet, but I’m hopeful. And he’s a little droopy, and I think that’s because it only gets a few hours of sunlight a day–we have a very shady porch. :(
But my orchids are still beautiful, aren’t they?! They were a gift from Ms. Anna when she threw my bachelorette party in April, and they’re still going strong, which seems like a pretty big feat because everyone I’ve known who’s tried to grow these things has ended up killing them.
The secret? Water them with ice! I’ve been giving this little guy one ice cube a week–although I read online that they recommend three cubes per week. So far, it’s definitely working. But I figure at some point it’s going to start withering, so I googled “how to prune an orchid.” Several sites told me to trim the plant down to the second stem node once the flowers die…whatever THAT is. If anyone can help when the time comes, I’d greatly appreciate it. :)