Monday, June 07, 2010

Revenge of the Pillars

Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar. - Bradley Millar

So, it rained all day yesterday -- frequently POURING as if someone was dumping buckets down on us. I admit to being a bit worried about the new plants -- that's a lot of heavy water to be beating down on them -- but for the most part, they took it just fine. The petunias lost some flowers, the ageratum was pretty well squashed (but should bounce back), some of my taller tomatoes tipped over a bit. But the rain really helped the stuff I moved around to perk right up (I had some gallardia, echinacea and annual bachelor buttons that looked nearly dead after being moved).

The best part, though? It killed the humidity. Hallelujah. I walked out this morning to cool, CRISP air instead of the oppressiveness of the 90% humidity we've been having. Maybe I can finally take my frizz ball hair out of its pony tail without looking like Diana Ross on a bad hair day.


We have a few new additions to Pillar Place. On Saturday, my SIL happened to be here when DD found a pillar. Despite telling her we were using the Greek alphabet to name them, she begged us to call it Hercules. So... we have a Hercules, lol. Yesterday, in between cloud bursts, DD went out hunting pillars (she was terrified they'd all be killed in the bad weather .... they weren't).

We now have Kappa, Lambda and Mu to go with the other ten, all of whom are happy, healthy and eating like pigs. In fact, Alpha has been put into The Box -- the one with sticks to make his pupa on.

I was watching a video on raising Black Swallowtail pillars yesterday and the guy makes these little pupa containers out of half a toilet paper roll and a paper towel. When the pillar "purges" which is rather icky, but indicates he is done eating and ready to make his pupa, this guy picks them up and plops them inside.

While I understand his motives (it sure makes life easier to keep them well contained) it seems sort of cruel... the pillars will "walk-about" for a day or more before making their pupa, and I have visions of the poor critter doing a thousand loops around the tiny paper holder.

I know, maybe that shouldn't bother me so much, but it does. So... mine will have The Box to use instead. Also, with The Box, I don't have to move the pupa once it's made.

As an aside, every time I name one of the pillars, I'm reminded of the movie "Revenge of the Nerds". Remember Omega Mu? Or Lambda Lambda Lambda?



You Are Circus Circus

You are fun loving and outrageous. You are always looking for the next good time, and you are easily entertained.

You are daring and open minded. You'd run away with the circus if the offer was good enough...

You are unpredictable and zany - no wonder people love to be around you so much.
You're not just the life of the party. You bring the party with you!




Dru said...

You Are the Venetian

You are a true romantic, and you are enchanted with the idea of small European towns.

You live life at a slower pace than most people. You savor every moment.

You fall in love easily - whether it's with the same person or different people every time.

More than anything else, you love life. Your spirits can be lifted just by talking a stroll.

This is not me at all..probably 35% accurate

Have a good Monday.

groovyoldlady said...

I showed Girly-Girl the "Revenge" video. She watched about 5 seconds worth and declared, "Wow, they really ARE nerds!"

Tori Lennox said...

You Are Paris
You are a true epicure. You enjoy the finest things in life, and only the best will do for you.
You don't need a grand experience to be happy. You're more content with the perfect croissant or espresso.

You are not a snob, but you do admit having no patience for inferior goods or services.
Life's too short to watch a bad movie or drink bad wine!

Um... right.... *snicker*

Ceri Hebert said...

Best scene in that movie. Always thought Anthony Edwards was cute.