Archive for the ‘Gardens’ Category

Succulent Plant with Bud

Friday, August 20th, 2021

Succulent Bud

Succulent Bud

2019 March 9
The plant was purchased from Farm Supply for fifty cents.

Succulent Plant

Succulent Plant


Bean Plant

Friday, August 20th, 2021

2021 May 27 Bean Found in Pot
The bean was found in the same pot that it had been a volunteer in 2020. It is from bean seeds purchased from neighborhood kids for twenty-five cents in 2019.

Bean

2021 August 19
The plant is growing so tall, I started wrapping it around the six foot bamboo stake.

Bean

Bean

2020 June 19 Blog Post

Bean


Volunteer Hibiscus

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

Hibiscus


Hibiscus Pod

Saturday, August 14th, 2021

Hibiscus Pod


Rats, a Raccoon, and a Squirrel

Friday, August 13th, 2021

Rats moved into the courtyard again. Relocated a large rat. Then saw at least three small rats visiting the bird feeder and several plants were eaten. Removed all food from the bird feeder. Sorry birds.

Baited the trap, but for some reason the little rats were able to snag the bait and not spring the trap. I suspect it was their size, or lack of.

Trap 2 with Rat

Tried adding weight to the spring and bound the bait into the trap. The rats still managed to clear out the bait.

About the bait. I tried fresh fruit. I tried saltines smeared with peanut butter and sprinkled with seeds. Something interesting happened. One of the rats snagged the bait from the large trap. Apparently the rats really love cheese covered beef flavored Snausages.

Back to the trap–placed a block of wood in front of the trap.
Trap 3

The rat stood on the block of wood and removed the suspended bait.

Trap 4 with Rat

Trap 5

I moved the block of wood closer to the weighted spring with the hope that the obstacle would force the rats to jump onto and stay on the spring while grabbing the bait.

Trap 6 with Rat

Success

Rat 1 August 9 8:12 pm

Rat 1

Rat 2 August 9 8:40 pm

Rat 2

Rat 3 August 10 9:50 am

Rat 3

Rat 4 August 11 9:16 am

Rat 4

Just when I thought we were done with furry ones eating everything in the garden, I found one of my bromeliads shredded.

Bromeliad Shredded

Bromeliad Shredded

Bromeliad Shredded

That night a raccoon ran across the roof and onto the wisteria covered deck. Pretty sure the raccoon was the culprit. Hope there is only one and that it is not living under the deck.

Today, after cleaning the courtyard patio, I moved several Datura and Milkweed seedlings to a protected area to prepare them for transplant to the garden.

Datura and Milkweed Seedlings

I looked out to see this little one. It gave my Datura and Milkweed seedlings a long sniff and then disappeared.

Squirrel

It would be great if it doesn’t find my pots of kale, basil, beans, peas, carrots, and parsley that I am growing for my house bunnies.

If I am lucky the squirrel was passing through. More likely it will move in and invite its friends.


Succulent Flowers Today

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

Succulent Flowers

Succulent Flowers

Succulent Flowers


Dragonfly

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

Nearly stepped on the dragonfly. Until it flitted away, I thought it was just another pine needle.

Dragonfly


Everything Loves Brugs

Monday, July 26th, 2021

Often the first clue is leaf damage.

Brug Leaf Damage

Some insects are so camouflaged it can be difficult to see them. Even when they are quite large.
Wormy Guy


Datura Progress

Sunday, July 25th, 2021

Harvested seed planted in a flat March 14, 2021.

Normal Leaf Appearance

Datura Leaf Scale

Datura Leaf Scale

Abnormal Leaf Appearance

Datura Leaf Damage

Datura Leaf Damage

Damaged, but still very beautiful.

Datura Flower

The plants have a pungent odor; the flowers have a delicious fragrance.
Datura Flower

Datura Developing Seedpod

Eventually the seedpod will become sharp enough to wound hands.

Datura Seedpod


Gulf fritillary Butterfly

Friday, July 23rd, 2021

The Gulf fritillary was visiting the Passiflora and resting on a Salvia.

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Gulf fritillary

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Gulf fritillary

Gulf_fritillary at wikipedia