Mystery volunteer in unused garden bed. Any ideas?
A walk in the garden this lunch time brought some interesting observations.
One is this volunteer plant that spouted in an unused bed. I have no idea what it is or how it got there. I've planted some wildflowers seeds in other parts of the garden, but not here.
This is the only one of it's kind, so far. Could it be from the wood chips? It could resemble a lichen or fungus on a tree in coloration but I've never seen anything like it.
It is growing in full sun and I have browsed hundreds of pictures from searches for hair, spider, grass, lichen plants... I am drawing a blank.
Another is a tiny sweat bee going from squash flower to the top of the squash leaf, then doing a dance to seemingly shake the yellow pollen off its body. The leaves have numerous yellow deposits of pollen scattered across it. I suppose it is pollinating in the process, but why is it shaking the pollen off?
I did not want to wait for squash bug to hatch for me to squirt them with soap. I tried a dab of Vaseline on the eggs. It might smother the eggs but it looks like it will kill the leaf area where I touched it.
It is back to removing the section of leaf and squashing the eggs, but maybe I will try a dab of vegetable oil tomorrow or maybe a drop of undiluted soap that will dry up over the eggs.
It is getting late, for me, so more rambling tomorrow.