Part of my bi-weekly ritual is to do a heavy weeding about the yard. I cut down the ever-pervasive Knotweed, weeded the shade garden, mowed the grass, turned over the compost piles, trimmed around the building, fertilized the gardens, and weeded the white garden.
As I was poking about the yard, I was surprised a number of times!
I came across spittle bugs!
Okay, know they aren't the nicest little critters. Some people even take great actions to get rid of them. But I remember these as a kid. I was always amazed that some little insect could wrap itself in a cocoon of froth to keep safe. I've read they can be destructive - but I've only seen them on Goldenrod. I've never had a problem with them. Live and let live I guess!
As I was weeding the white garden, I came across this patch of flowers. They resembled Phlox, but the leaves seem wrong. I wonder what they are?
I pulled a bunch of Goldenrod and Dame's Rockets. Nested in them were several groups of Irises I had planted a few years ago.
That what is great about being in the yard - you never know what you will find!