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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Jan Hurst-Nicholson on September 05, 2022, 09:19:58 PM »

I saw no turtles in the lovely lily pond and no frogs, either, which surprised me. A few tiny fish only. As a child I found tadpoles in the most minor of streams, so why this well-appointed pond had none baffles me. Frogs love to peek out from under lily pads.

 grint This immediately reminded me of this scene:

"Now it's time to rescue Mole," thought Leon. But how were they going to do it? Perhaps the frogs could help? But they were much smaller than Mole, and if he were to fall in the water and thrash about, they probably would not be able to save him. No, Mole was much safer staying on the lily pad, decided Leon.

"Leee-on. What are you doing now?" came Leonora's shrill voice.

"I'm thinking how to rescue Mole," snapped Leon, annoyed at having his thoughts interrupted.

"Why doesn't Mole use the lily pads as stepping-stones, like Frog is doing?" suggested Leonora, who had been watching Water Lily Frog hopping across the lily pads.

It's a scene from my yet-to-be published Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the bottled bat.  grint
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by LilyBLily on September 05, 2022, 01:08:18 PM »
I went to Chicago's Garfield Park botanical garden this weekend and enjoyed looking at the flowers and especially their vegetables in raised beds of various ilks. I wonder how effective those are in keeping bunnies away? Rabbits usually are rife in cities even with minimal green spaces, and this garden is part of a large park.

I saw no turtles in the lovely lily pond and no frogs, either, which surprised me. A few tiny fish only. As a child I found tadpoles in the most minor of streams, so why this well-appointed pond had none baffles me. Frogs love to peek out from under lily pads. 
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Maggie Ann on September 05, 2022, 02:15:59 AM »
speaking of non-native invasive species, the Peter's Rock Agama has made it's way up the Florida coast and we are now seeing them here. Pretty cool looking, but they are feasting on our native lizard population. And they get into our roof soffits, but not inside our attics. They're very fast and bigger than our native lizards, of which we have many.


With those bright colors, you'd think they'd be easy for predators to catch.   :icon_think:

Adult snakes, hawks, and feral cats are most likely to catch the Agamas. But they have been known to catch and eat baby snakes, small birds, and other small rodents.



Very colourful. Not unlike our blue-headed lizards. Unfortunately they are not quick enough for the cats - and some dogs - so lose quite a few to gifts from our pets  :icon_sad:

Probably related.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Jan Hurst-Nicholson on September 05, 2022, 01:27:05 AM »
speaking of non-native invasive species, the Peter's Rock Agama has made it's way up the Florida coast and we are now seeing them here. Pretty cool looking, but they are feasting on our native lizard population. And they get into our roof soffits, but not inside our attics. They're very fast and bigger than our native lizards, of which we have many.

Very colourful. Not unlike our blue-headed lizards. Unfortunately they are not quick enough for the cats - and some dogs - so lose quite a few to gifts from our pets  :icon_sad:
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on September 04, 2022, 12:31:24 PM »
speaking of non-native invasive species, the Peter's Rock Agama has made it's way up the Florida coast and we are now seeing them here. Pretty cool looking, but they are feasting on our native lizard population. And they get into our roof soffits, but not inside our attics. They're very fast and bigger than our native lizards, of which we have many.


With those bright colors, you'd think they'd be easy for predators to catch.   :icon_think:
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What Did You Blog About Today
« Last post by Vijaya on September 04, 2022, 11:22:38 AM »
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Maggie Ann on September 04, 2022, 11:10:45 AM »
speaking of non-native invasive species, the Peter's Rock Agama has made it's way up the Florida coast and we are now seeing them here. Pretty cool looking, but they are feasting on our native lizard population. And they get into our roof soffits, but not inside our attics. They're very fast and bigger than our native lizards, of which we have many.


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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Vijaya on September 04, 2022, 09:27:25 AM »
I like them too, Jeff. I didn't know they were a non-native spp. Apparently Charleston is ground zero for hive beetles. Our bees manage their invasion but I wish they didn't have to.

With all the sunshine and rain, we've been eating fresh chanterelles and honey mushrooms along with our garden veggies. Very tasty.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on September 04, 2022, 06:44:36 AM »
The Joro spiders have arrived.  A bunch of them appeared all at once a few days ago.  Now they've got me surrounded.   :icon_eek:





These critters are native to East Asia.  They arrived in Georgia, presumably in a container ship, in 2013.  If you live somewhere on the eastern seaboard, it's only a matter of time before you see one.  The good news is that they probably don't pose a threat to the native species, or at least no more of a threat than any other spider species.

I kind of like them, frankly.  They're similar to the native garden spider, but with the bonus feature that they eat stink bugs.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichonephila_clavata
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My solution for avoid spills / crumbs in the keyboard is to not eat or drink near the keyboard   grint


 :tup3b

Mine, too. After a disastrous event involving cherry pie and just-shampooed wall-to-wall carpet, I issued an edict (or was it a fiat?): no food, no drink, no exceptions, anywhere but the designated eating areas of kitchen, dining room, and porch or deck. The coffee table in the living room is also a no-food area except when there's a party. This has saved me untold angst over several decades.

Do I occasionally break the rule and bring a water bottle to my home office? Yes, but I don't put it on the computer desk. The bottle sits on a windowsill that is lower than the computer desk or on the floor. If there is an opportunity to spill something, I will spill it.

:angel:

 

   
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