Create a ladybug garden…
Seeing Spots? Ladybugs are a hugely popular item to collect for garden ornaments and this cluster of ladybugs is so charming that heads turn whenever driving through the small ,…small town of Unionville, Iowa.
Our own Jeanne Sammons was driving past this summer and photographed this whimsical ‘Love Bug’ for us, which is located on the only crossroads in town. We’re told that two crafty ladies collaborate on this labor of love and decorate the ‘Bugs’ for each season and that this is a relic of the Snodgrass sisters. Anyone from the area will remember them.
On a British gardening program on one occasion, a group of ladybugs was called a “loveliness of ladybugs.” According to the website ‘Collective Nouns,’ this is “not authenticated but too nice to omit.” We call this particular group just lovely and seeing them can’t help but put a smile on your face!
Not a bad end-of-life use for a beetle; John Candy called these “Cardens” on SNL years ago. One of our gardeners asks,” I wonder if it has a license plate on the back with “Herbie” on it? Jeanne said, “I don’t know … should have got out and walked around it … to see if it was properly licensed!” Someone quipped, “Guess you could call that a “Herb” garden!”
The hard top has been cut off, it’s filled with dirt and they plant a flower garden in it, always adding something new for every season. Herbie has a darling family, too, he must have gotten married. The faded sign in back says, “I have learned that if I eat doughnuts today I wear them tomorrow” Oops!
Here’s what you can do with those extra VWs lying around!
Where to find discarded VW bugs: They are out there and really cheap, one FMGer says, who found one for free on a VW Facebook page. It wasn’t running but made a great big flower pot. The VW toy pedal cars may be found, used, at yard sales and from collectors,…possibly on eBay. Worth searching for!
You have been bugged.
Searching for mini ‘beetles?’ Search here: As cute as a bug in a rug – Beetle bug!
Cutest bugs in the garden
Kirk Willis says, “One year, my daughter got the idea to paint lady bug rocks! She gathered rocks from our property and couldn’t stop until she painted a HERD of ladybugs! Aren’t they the cutest? She placed them in a corner of her swing set area. My creative daughter! I’m so proud of her!”
Carol Ann McLaughlin: “Mine are just hanging around with their little friends the turtles…”
Mary Everett says, “I made this for my front porch, the younger kiddos enjoy playing a game of Tic Tac Toe with Grandpop. They’re just painted and sealed rocks and I used a small table I had on hand. Too easy and lots of fun.”
Jeanie Merritt says, “In the ‘Something as Simple As That’ category… A lady bug kitchen scrubbie holder, purchased at a yard sale last year for, I believe, a mere 10 cents, looks right at home in my beautiful, vibrant sedums… an accent of color. I just turned the hole for the scrubbie around to the other side…Viola!”
Lisa Wilson For this I used GE silicone II weatherproof..just glue around the edge..let dry a couple days. Everything I’ve made has held up all winter, but if your masterpiece holds water put it in the garage.
“I attached it this way… with a flattened a serving spoon with a hammer and bent back and glued the spoon part to the plate..make sense? The handle fits into pole.”
Fun facts about Ladybugs
- One Ladybug can lay up to 1000 eggs in its lifetime.
- Not all Ladybugs have spots.
- Ladybugs come in many colors like pink, yellow, white, orange and black.
- Over 300 types of Ladybugs live in North America.
- Ladybugs make a chemical that smells and tastes bad so predators won’t eat them.
- Ladybugs hibernate in large groups in cold weather.
- Many countries consider a ladybug to be a sign of good luck.
- Ladybugs are actually beetles, so sometimes are called LadyBeetles.
- The bright colors of Ladybugs warn birds that they don’t taste good.
- Boy ladybugs are called ladybugs, too.
- Ladybugs eat lots of aphids and other pest insects, so gardeners and farmers use them for pest control instead of chemicals.