A Few In Flower Today

May 15th, 2020

Candytuft

Beard

Sweetpea

Sweetpea

Weed Like Vine

Passionvine

Nigella

Nigella

Morning Glory

Daisy

Honeysuckle

Dandelions

Nigella

Dianthus


Rat, Orange Mold, and Lichen Glaze with Lichens

May 13th, 2020

Yesterday I found a 3′ long gopher snake in my garden. It was wrapped around the hose reel. Nearly stepped on it. Totally creeped me out.

Today I found a roof rat in my bird feeder.

Rat

When I was in the process of baiting our live traps, I found an orange with a lovely distribution of mold.

Orange with Mold

Why do we have so much wildlife in our gardens? Drought conditions and gardens that are great habitats for loads of critters.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t successful trapping the rat today, maybe tomorrow.


Update
This morning I asked my husband to open and set the trap. When he opened the trap, the rat ran out. Apparently last night when I asked if he closed the trap, and he said yes, he was talking about something else.

The rat ate all of the bait–a nice chunk or juicy orange and a saltine smeared with peanut butter topped with seeds.

Has the rat learned its lesson to avoid the trap? Maybe not. The trap was moved and more tasty treats were placed inside.


Weed Poof and Seeds

May 12th, 2020

Flower

Closed

Seeds

Poof

Poof

Seeds

Seeds

Harvested Seeds

I tossed the seeds around in my courtyard garden. Saved the poofs. Maybe they can be a potential art material.


Bee

May 11th, 2020

I spent a few minutes this evening watching the bee.
Beautiful wings and fun barbed feet.

Bee

Bee

Bee


Courtyard Garden Progress

May 9th, 2020

One of Several Eaten Brug Flowers

Eaten Brug Flower

Salvia Leaf and First Bloom

Salvia Leaf

Salvia Flower

Succulent Flowers with Ant

Succulent Flowers with an Ant

Removing Plants from Succulent Garden

Even though the garden is in the sun the majority of the day, many of the plants have become elongated. Decided to remove all of the plants, to pot some up, and relocate the rest to other gardens.

Succulent Garden

Succulents to Plant

Succulent to Plant

Succulents Potted

Succulents Potted

Succulents Potted


Nigella

May 8th, 2020

Nigella

Nigella

Nigella

Nigella

Nigella


Plant with Odd Leaf

May 5th, 2020

Plant

Plant

Oddly Interesting Leaf
Plant


Cactus and Callistemon Flowers

May 5th, 2020

When I purchased the Callistemon, the plant ID stated the flowers would be yellow. Not keen on the brilliant red, but bees and hummingbirds seem to be attracted to the flowers.

Bottlebrush

One of many bees enjoying the Callistemon (bottlebrush).

Callistemon (bottlebrush)
Callistemon

Callistemon

Seed Pods
Callistemon

Bottlebrush

From a different Callistemon that was pruned and is not yet blooming.

More Cactus Flowers
Cactus Flowers


Salix Catkins

May 2nd, 2020

Willow

Willow

Willow

Willow

Willow


Trapped Cactus

May 1st, 2020

7:00 am

Trapped Cactus

7:00 pm

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus