Dewdrop Morning

Washed in dew drops a lonely Shasta caught this morning’s sun as it first touched the garden.

Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy)

Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy)

The early air felt refreshingly cool as I wandered around the borders. Still in shadow, the entire back yard was adorned with dozens of small, dew-drenched webs.

Grassy Webs

Grassy Webs

Tucked inside one web was a small red spider starting his morning.

Spider Web Among the Grass

Spider Web Among the Grass

Grassy Web - Red Spider Hiding Under Dewdrops

Grassy Web – Red Spider Hiding Under Dewdrops

The American beautyberry is still flowering at the top, but further down green berries have formed. Ripened, purple berries are visible near the bottom of the stems.

Green Berries of Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Green Berries of Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Ripening Berries, Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Ripening Berries, Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Nearby the Callicarpa there is much work to be done. I am still trying to eliminate Tradescantia, but it is quite the foe. I like the beguiling flowers and so do the bees.

Tradescantia (Spiderwort)

Tradescantia (Spiderwort)

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25 thoughts on “Dewdrop Morning

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cathy, I didn’t see the little spider until I examined the photo later. So often that happens–adds a whole new level of enjoyment to photographing the garden.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks! I pulled weeds this afternoon for the first time in weeks. Made it though one whole side, but it was probably the easiest one. Feels good to have accomplished something for the garden.

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  1. P&B

    Looks like a Crab Spider (on the Daisy) also enjoyed morning dew with you. I think early morning is the most interesting time in the garden especially when the sun is just peeking out above the tip of a distance tree line. On a morning with a lot of dew, it’s as though someone turned on the light in a room full of crystal….sparkles every where.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Just read up on Crab Spiders and they are pretty fascinating. Thanks for the ID on that. I agree with you sunlight and dew make a compelling combination. Thanks for your comments.

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  2. Alberto

    I love callicarpa, I tried to grow it in my garden but it died miserably. I guess it needs more acidic soil and more water… That spiderwort looks great, why do you bother?

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Alberto, I’m enjoying watching the Callicarpa develop. This one is native. Actually I like the Asian, more showy one better. I love Tradesantia but am trying to eradicate it as it has become very, very invasive. If you dig it up but leave the smallest amount it will grow back, so it’s hard to contain.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I had the same situation at my former house but here (just a few miles away), it runs rampant. Good luck with yours Malc. If it weren’t so spready I would like to keep it.

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