plant ants

So you were born to feel “nice”? Instead of doing things and experiencing them? Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands?
—  Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work – as a human being. What do I have to complain of, If I’m going to do what I was born for – the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets an stay warm?

“But it’s nicer here…”

So you were born to feel “nice”? Instead of doing things and experiencing them? Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands?

“But we have to sleep sometime…”

Agreed. But nature set a limit on that – as it did on eating and drinking. And you’re over the limit. You’ve had more than enough of that. But not of working. There you’re still below your quota.

You don’t love yourself enough. Or you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you. People who love what they do wear themselves down doing it, they even forget to wash or eat. Do you have less respect for your own nature than the engraver does for engraving, the dancer for the dance, the miser for money or the social climber for status? When they’re really possessed by what they do, they’d rather stop eating and sleeping than give up practicing their arts.

—  Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Bruce (@rabbruad1) wrote: 

‘Ellenya has taken up chanting. I don’t think she’s quite gotten the hang of it yet, as it sounds a lot like ranting.’


I’ll grant that my chant sounds like a rant, but I can’t improve my scant chanting skills without practice, so I’ve been supplanting all other tasks with chanting. I chant at potted plants, white ants, pairs of pants, confidants, Rembrandts, eggplants and even people named Grant. I’m hoping to implant some chanting skill before my holiday to the Levant. I think I’m improving, and the neighbors have almost forgiven me for the escaped fire ants…

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Naturalist Journal:  Recent sightings in the park, Houston, TX

1. Drummond’s Skullcap (Scutellaria drummondii), tiny flowers, small plant, often has ants associated with it, gathering nectar and pollen, and protecting the plant from other insects

2. Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata), climbing vine, very popular with hummingbirds

3. Green-striped Grasshopper (Chortophaga viridifasciata) female, females usually green, males usually brown, widely distributed across N. America, found usually in short grass habitats, populations in South may be separate species - C. australior 

4. Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), small butterfly, larvae feen on smooth-leaved Aster spp.

photos/observations by Paxon Kale

Pest Repellent Plants


Pests such as wasps and ants ruin plants and are just annoying in general. Here are some plants that naturally repel them and can protect your porch and your skin from this pesky insects!

Wasp Repellents
• Lemon Grass (Citronella)
• Eucalyptus
• Mint (basil, peppermint, catnip, etc)
• Wormwood

Mosquito Repellents
• Basil
• Lantana
• Lavender
• Lemon Balm
• Lemon Thyme
• Lemon Grass (citronella)
• Marigold
• Catnip
• Rosemary

Ant Repellents
• Mint (peppermint, basil, catnip, etc)
• Yarrow
• Tansy
• Garlic

Gnat and Fly Repellents
• Geraniums
• Lemon Thyme
• Marigold
• Lavender
• Bay Leaves

Ponele

Esta claustrofobia berreta de no bancarme el encierro si no compartimos la pieza, querré después de todo boicotear esa defensa que plante ante tus encantos, los que llenan de color a mi canto y de cosquillas mi vientre. Seré más testarudo que valiente, seré ingenuo impaciente, seré atropellado… de los que hablan en caliente pero cuando sonreís se me cierra cualquier herida.

Porque yo me afirmo cuando más tiemblo, mis convicciones se nutren de las fantasías que se esconden bajo tu falda y que con caricias llegan hasta mi espalda. Esta fantasmeada que nos hace el destino de ponernos en el mismo camino aunque vayamos pa’ otros lugares. Si sé que son muchas terminales que solo pausan esta historia, si para puntos están tus lunares. limemos de una vez las asperezas de arriesgar, terminemos con el miedo a fracasar si sólo quiero invitarte a pasear por esta vida, que bonita se vuelve cuando con un beso tuyo todo se resuelve.


“Ponele que te miro a los ojos
y sufro de locura efervescente.“

Here’s one of our earliest spring flowers, bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), named for its blood-red sap. This plant’s seeds—like those of many spring flowers—have an extra fleshy attachment called an elaiosome that woos hungry ants. These insects carry the seeds underground so they can munch on the elaiosomes, effectively planting a garden of future bloodroots.

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Fire ants are a notorious invasive species and are frequently seen as pests, but A. propitia butterflies actively seek them out when choosing a location for egg-laying. The ants attend the larvae, transporting them to shelter during the day and carrying them out again at night to feed on the host plant. The ants appear to benefit from the larvae’s “ant-organs,” which dispense a nectar that produces a stimulating effect.