Archive for the ‘Critters’ Category

Interesting Plants Today

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

Albuca namaquensis

The first sprouts of my new Albuca.



Senecio articulatus

And the first leaves of my Senecio articulatus


Kalanchoe fang Cuttings with New Growth


Variegated Agave

Last week I cleaned up the insect infestation on the little agave. I left the plant sitting on the floor just inside the greenhouse. Today I found that someone had taken a bite.

Crazy, since I recently found out that I am allergic to agave. Still have a rash on my arm from contact. How is it possible that an animal could eat it?

Agave Variegated


2018 March–Brachychiton Pods Found in Home Depot Parking Lot

Brachychiton Pod

2018 April–Planted Brachychiton Seed

2020 October The Largest of the Trees

Brachychiton Tree

Billbergia nutans and Rats

Friday, February 21st, 2020

Nearly all the Billbergia nutans flowers have been eaten in the back garden.

Bromeliad Damage

Bromeliad Damage

Bromeliad Damage

Who did it? We have had families of squirrels, mice, and roof rats hanging out in the gardens.

I baited our humane traps with orange peel, peanut butter, and seeds.


Now I wait…

Checked the traps at 7:00 pm. A rat ran down the tree from the bird feeder, but the trap was empty.

This is what I found in the trap in the back garden.


Day 2 7:50 pm. Rat two capture. Noticed that nearly all of the orange peel and seed is gone. Must have been a hungry little one.


Day 4 6:50 pm Rat three. He is quite calm considering he was trapped.


Day 5 7:54 pm Rat 4. The largest rat we have found in the trap.

Rat 4

Rat 4

Day 6 5:45 pm Rat 5, part of a family of three little ones. Waiting to catch at least one more, don’t want to send such a small rat into its new location on its own. While I was waiting to trap an least one of the other wee rats, number 5 managed to escape in the garage.

Rat 5

Rat 5

Day 6 7:30 pm Rat 6 and 7
Rat 6
Rat 7

Rats 6 and 7 are in a tall trash can, topped with a lid.
Baited both traps and placed them near captured 6 and 7.

Rat 5 recaptured. He is in the container with Rats 6 and 7. Rats 6 and 7 and in a little furry pile.

Day 7 Rat 8 8:50 PM, the largest rat yet.

Rat 8

Bromeliad Tucked In

Bromeliad Tucked In

Bromeliad Blooming

Information on Billbergia nutans–San Marcos Growers

Agave, Bromeliad, and a Lizard

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019




Agave and Critters

Monday, August 26th, 2019


Visitors to the Gardens


Fourth Rat Relocated