gardenfriends Photos & Videos

5 hours ago

You're probably wondering how this first photo is related to plants, but keep reading because you'll be fascinated to find out how it is. 🌵 🌵 When we visited Perú a few years ago, we learned there is a scale insect called cochineal that lives on prickly pear cacti (shown in the second and third photo from our visit to Enchanted Rock in Texas). 🌵 🌵 Scale insects attach themselves to plant leaves and stems and survive by sucking the juices out of their host plants. Cochineal scale looks like white fluffy fungi growing on the pads, usually around the "pricklies". 🌵 🌵 What makes these insects special is that they are dried and processed into an intense red dye called carmine. You can see how pretty the color of the squished insect is on my finger and arm in the first photo. I'll never forget the woman in Perú who squished one directly on her lips to reveal a beautiful red "lipstick". 🌵 🌵 Carmine, one of the many names for the dye produced from cochineal scale, is used as a "natural color" additive in many things, including foods, drinks, and maybe even your favorite eyeshadow or lipstick. 🌵 🌵 Had you ever heard this before? Let me know in the comments. 🌵 🌵 Follow @theplantchick for more gardening tips and pics from an experienced horticulturist and hobby beekeeper. 🌵 🌵 🌵 🌵 🌵 🌵 #theplantchick #asktheplantchick #gardeningdemystified #nature #naturelovers #bugs #gardening #gardenfriends #greenthumb #cactus #cacti #succulents #cactuslove #pricklypear #opuntia #scale #insect #insects #natural #naturalcolor #naturalcolors #color #colorfulmakeup #carmine #red #redlips #cochineal #makeup #lipstick #cacticacti @enchantedrockstatenaturalarea

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20 hours ago

Hello Mr. Froggo 🐸 . One of my supervisors is leaving to Alabama, so I'm gifting her a couple succulents and (surprise suprise!) a basil juvinile that came from my own plant! I never knew Basil could be a mothering plant!! I now have 6 individual ones 😂 . . I was just as surprised as he was when I lifted up that glove; said glove was set back down upon his squishy vessel to let him continue his mid-afternoon nap. . . #whatsinmygarden #gardenfriends #creaturefeature #critteroftheweek #squishyfacecrew #swampwitch #floridagarden #floridacreatures #lilsquish #gardenfrog #happyhippie #gardeningisgoodforthesoul #dirtundermynails #dirtisgood #plantsarethebestgifts #giftaplant

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1 day ago

We stopped by Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Texas and I was surprised by the biological diversity I saw in the plant life. Yucca and cacti grew in the dry, sunny areas, but ferns were always just a few feet away, taking shelter under a rock. There were wetland areas, desert areas, grasslands all within the same park. And there were even microhabitats of plants and fresh water shrimp within the puddles (aka vernal pools) that collect rain water hundreds of feet up on the granite rock. 🌵 🌵 Follow @theplantchick for more gardening tips and pics from an experienced horticulturist and hobby beekeeper. 🌵 🌵 🌵 🌵 🌵 @enchantedrockstatenaturalarea #theplantchick #asktheplantchick #gardeningdemystified #nature #naturephotography #naturelovers #garden #gardening #gardenfriends #wildlife #wildlifephotography #plants #cacti #cactus #succulents #cactuslove #flowers #clematis #flowerphotography #beautifulflowers #flowerstagram #instaflower #austin #atx #fredericksburg #enchantedrock #texas #cacticacti

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1 day ago

Found this beautiful lady in my tomato patch. She is a Black and Yellow Garden Spider. These spiders are not aggressive and I love that she’s found a place in my garden. #spidersofinstagram #orbweaver #gardenfriends

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1 day ago

Autumn Equinox’s garden friends. Color variations of Spilosoma virginica (yellow wooly bear) on the same host plant. They’ll grow up to become the Virginia Tiger Moth. #animism #gardenfriends #lepidoptera #moth

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2 days ago

Cutie pie! If only I could get those beautiful eyes in focus. #gardenfriends

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2 days ago

Happy Autumn! 😊 This cute, little white-breasted nuthatch spent the morning visiting my sunflowers. 🌻

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2 days ago

Bumble on, just bee. 🐝🌻

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2 days ago

🎶Ooo Orb Weaver, I believe you can get me through the night🎶

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