So many spiders

Catching flies in my garden.

Get out of my hair!

Yes, it’s that time of year when I can’t go out in the garden without breaking up the happy homes of many different types of garden spider.  Fortunately we don’t have any poisonous ones here in the UK – except for the refugees from boxes of imported bananas that have found a conducive home somewhere.  Black Widows in ventilation shafts are just one example.

The picture above is the spider I have to work around to collect my ripe tomatoes.  The one below is of a couple of webs – the blur in the centre is a different type of spider, the one top left is a regular garden spider like the other one.  I saw the light through these webs earlier but took the pics at dusk, hence the flash on the web and the sky showing darker than it actually was.  The yellow flowers are rudbeckias or cone flowers.

Garden spiders and webs web

While I was taking these photos, a toad clambered into the growbag where my tomatoes and cucumbers have produced good crops – especially the cucumbers this year.  We’ve been self-sufficient in cucumbers since mid July – which, considering my guinea pigs insist on a slice each, morning and evening, is quite something!  I’m still hoping the last one will fill out a bit more – but it’s getting a bit cool for it.

I made my first batch of this year’s home-grown tomato soup at the weekend.  Yum!

Tuesday haiku – not for arachnophobes!
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8 thoughts on “Tuesday haiku – not for arachnophobes!

  • 30 September, 2014 at 5:56 am
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    Spider webs in my
    Hair freak me out because we
    Have black widows, worse.

  • 30 September, 2014 at 5:57 am
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    But of course the spiders in the garden are just. . . garden-variety spiders.

      • 30 September, 2014 at 4:29 pm
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        The black widows hide in the corners of the garage. Ugh. I come from a place like yours–with no poisonous spiders or snakes. Nearly 25 years in California and I still freak out a bit.

  • 30 September, 2014 at 6:14 am
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    Without something to compare it against the top spider looks massive. I don’t think I’ll be popping round for tea and tomato sandwiches anytime soon Jemima.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    • 30 September, 2014 at 9:33 am
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      lol It’s just an ordinary one, about half inch body, one inch (2.5cm) overall.

      The ones in the house can get quite interesting (2-3 inches across), but they do a grand job in catching flies. I hate flies.

  • 30 September, 2014 at 1:22 pm
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    Spiders’ sticky webs
    God’s miraculous design
    Sparkling with dew

    But I don’t like it when I walk into them by accident! I love to watch them spinning and pull them out of the pool on a regular basis just because they keep the insect population down.

    We have some huge ones here – biggest I’ve seen is about 3″ across.

    Lovely haiku!

  • 30 September, 2014 at 1:23 pm
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    Spiders’ sticky webs
    God’s miraculous design
    Sparkling with dew

    I don’t like walking into them either, but always feel sad when I destroy something it took them hours to create!

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