A wee praying mantis on the cup plants by the porch steps. See the water? That's why they're called cup plants.
Yes, those are the second generation of the $1.00 gladiola bulbs I bought last year. They have multiplied, and are gorgeous next to the orange day lilies out front.
Here's some awesome pics of the yard this year. Gaze in wonderment, world!
In the above photo, you'll see mostly tomato plants, some green zinnias, and volunteer sunflowers. Birdseed- the gift that just keeps on giving.
On the right is a picture of the yard from the alley. The zinnias are mostly oranges, but there's 2 lavender ones, which is a color I've never seen in zinnias. The vine, is of course, morning glory and hyacinth bean.
The basil does not appear to be living up to the 5-foot -tall behemoth I raised last year, but that's okay. It is still delicious with walnuts, olive oil, garlic, Parmesan cheese and a blender.