Chitalpa Paradise

June 29, 2015  •  18 Comments

Giant wasp on chitalpa blossom


Our chitalpa that sits in the middle of what we call the "Circle Garden" finally leafed out and is blooming. It got cold damaged in a late, hard frost in 2005 and now stays dormant until it's sure it's safe to leaf out and bloom, which is mid-to late June. It just looks dead for a couple of months while everything around it is fully leafed and blooming. Once it decides to bloom, however, the insects, hummingbirds and lizards love it.

Chitalpa in the center of the Circle Garden


Some type of ladybug foraging on the buds


These giant wasps are very impressive. There were some normal sized black and white wasps buzzing around, but they wouldn't land, so I wasn't able to photograph them.


A tiny grasshopper timidly peeking around a stem


A fly and a beetle foraging


Another type of ladybug scurrying around on the leaves


Another type of fly foraging on the edge of a blossom


A curious lizard hung around close to the trunk of the tree while checking me out



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Thanks, Susan!
Such a beautiful tree. And such a lively set of creatures it attracts! Wonderful images of the whole shootin' match!
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Thanks, Miz Shaaz!
Great Shots! The garden is very pretty and love love that ladybug.
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Thanks, Teri. When we get the chitalpa shoots cleaned out around the bench it's a nice place to sit, think, look and flowers and watch birds, insect and kitties.
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