While on wildflower watch at LASHP, I couldn’t help but notice the huge number of ladybugs that have landed in the park. Ladybugs, or ladybird beetles, spend their time eating insects like aphids and their eggs. If you are visiting the park to see the wildflowers bloom, be sure to look closely and enjoy the ladybug phenomena. If ladybugs are a sign of a healthy garden, we are in great shape!
Here at LASHP we are excited to begin accepting more photos and information from park users like you! Here is a photograph of an african daisy, submitted by park visitor Lisa. She informed us that the daisy is an invasive species that is also known as Dimorphotheca aurantiaca from the Asteraceae family. This photograph taken by Lisa was shot on an iphone using a macro lens.
We have seen these beautiful, but pesky, invasive plants in the park for sometime. With 2″-4″ flowers, at a distance they can often be mistaken for the California Poppy. But these are not native, and tend to be a bit darker orange than the poppy. And unlike the native poppy, african daisies range in color, from orange, to purple and pink.
Thank you for this wonderful submission Lisa, and we look forward to others to come.
Meet Milo. I met Milo in the park last week with his owner Lisa. This photo was taken by Lisa as Milo enjoyed the long grass in the park. Milo is a 10 year old Italian Grey Hound. Lisa says his walk in the park is his favorite part of the day. Thanks for visiting the park Milo and for your park enthusiasm!
For those of you wondering, Milo is wearing his leash, it is just hiding behind him in the grass. 🙂
Tim and Briar are frequent park visitors and today they brought their friends Rodney and Anton. Briar, who is almost 3 and Anton, who is 7 months, had a great time flying a kite on this perfect kite day! They were very sweet as they played together, hugging and singing their A,B,C’s. Thanks for visiting today and we hope to see all of you here soon!
The ladybug population in the park comes in cycles and it looks as though it is picking up. Naturally, when the plants bloom, the ladybugs appear, but not before the aphids. I spotted more than five ladybugs on a short walk around the park today. Not only that, but it seems to be mating season, so we expect to have many more in the park soon! If you are visiting us at LASHP, take a moment to see how many you can count!
Meet Monster and Joplin. Monster is a 7 year old Parti Pomeranian and Joplin is a 10 year old Ridgeback mix. These two buddies were enjoying a walk in the park with their owners on this chilly and peaceful park day. Thank you for visiting the park you two, and thank you as always, for wearing your leashes!