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Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #750 on: September 05, 2022, 11:26:00 PM »
Decided to try a mini Zen garden for my lounge.  I was given the lovely dish some time ago and never found a really useful place for it until now. :)

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Maggie Ann

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #751 on: September 06, 2022, 12:12:16 AM »
Decided to try a mini Zen garden for my lounge.  I was given the lovely dish some time ago and never found a really useful place for it until now. :)

Very nice!
           
 

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Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #752 on: September 06, 2022, 01:59:50 AM »
Decided to try a mini Zen garden for my lounge.  I was given the lovely dish some time ago and never found a really useful place for it until now. :)

Very nice!

Thanks. It's quite relaxing making patterns in the sand.  :)

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Jeff Tanyard

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #753 on: September 12, 2022, 09:16:49 AM »
The Joro spiders are apparently inviting all their friends to come here and take up residence, because their numbers continue to grow.  I counted 37 Joro spiders in webs next to the house.  There are more in the trees, but I only counted the ones that are cocooning my dwelling in an apparent attempt to take me hostage for ransom money.

Their silk is yellow, and that's pretty cool.  There's something romantic and mythical about a golden web.  But it's still a problem when they use that silk to blockade your path.  Don't fence me in, spider bro!

Even though I appreciate spiders and the role they play in controlling more troublesome insects, I'm reaching the end of my tolerance, so I'm going to start knocking down some webs soon.  Not today, because it's wet and muggy and musty and the mosquitoes are a plague and it's just plain miserable outside and I simply can't summon the energy.  It's rained almost every day since July 1st, and the outdoors smells like it.  It's swampy enough that I imagine it's only a matter of time before a little green dude shows up to teach me to use the Force.

On the positive side, there are a bunch of little trophies in those webs.  The spiders are doing good work.

In unrelated news, a motorist saw a bear chase a trio of deer across the road just a few miles from where I live.  I'm not enthused about the prospect of encountering a bear.   :Hqn66ku:

Speaking of predators, I saw a red-tailed hawk on the ground with a bird it had killed.  It was a young hawk, and it seemed pretty excited about it.  It was sort of hopping around in between pecking at it.  It eventually picked up the bird and flew away.

It's a jungle out here, folks.
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Maggie Ann

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #754 on: September 12, 2022, 11:09:03 AM »
Jeff, there's been so much building going on here, we are seeing bobcats (entire families) and coyotes. Snakes are making more frequent appearances, too.
           
 

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Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #755 on: September 12, 2022, 12:10:34 PM »
Whereas I saw nothing outside today. I was hoping I might spot a box turtle. I love them and I know we have them here--well, we did until the fox kits grew up and learned to hunt, anyway.

It was muggy and awful out today and (much needed) rain is forecast, so phooey.

At this time of year my garden is awash in black-eyed susans and tiny white wild asters. A few bits of phlox and echinacea remain, and mist flower (it's either a self-seeding annual or perennial ageratum, and it grows tall) is happily among them. The glamor flowers in the garden right now are the colchicums, which are a lovely orchid color and larger than a true autumn crocus. Squirrels leave them alone but I have to spray the flowers against the deer. Still, that's a better situation than the actual crocuses have. 
 

Jeff Tanyard

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #756 on: September 12, 2022, 12:28:32 PM »
Jeff, there's been so much building going on here, we are seeing bobcats (entire families) and coyotes. Snakes are making more frequent appearances, too.


You live in Florida, so when you talk about snakes being a problem, I assume you mean giant pythons are swallowing young children on a daily basis.   :icon_eek:

I have yet to see a bobcat, and I'm glad for that, though the neighbors saw one hanging around years ago.  No coyotes yet, either, though foxes abound.  I know the coyotes are a plague in Georgia now; I just haven't seen one yet.

I welcome the snakes so long as they're not the deadly ones.  Snakes eat mice and moles and whatnot.  I appreciate snakes.  But I appreciate them because they're just ordinary snakes, not the giant pythons of Florida or some other kind of eldritch horror.


Whereas I saw nothing outside today. I was hoping I might spot a box turtle. I love them and I know we have them here--well, we did until the fox kits grew up and learned to hunt, anyway.


At my childhood home, we'd occasionally find a box turtle in the backyard.  I haven't seen one since I've lived there, and I miss them.
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« Reply #757 on: September 13, 2022, 12:25:36 AM »
Jeff, there's been so much building going on here, we are seeing bobcats (entire families) and coyotes. Snakes are making more frequent appearances, too.


You live in Florida, so when you talk about snakes being a problem, I assume you mean giant pythons are swallowing young children on a daily basis.   :icon_eek:

I have yet to see a bobcat, and I'm glad for that, though the neighbors saw one hanging around years ago.  No coyotes yet, either, though foxes abound.  I know the coyotes are a plague in Georgia now; I just haven't seen one yet.

I welcome the snakes so long as they're not the deadly ones.  Snakes eat mice and moles and whatnot.  I appreciate snakes.  But I appreciate them because they're just ordinary snakes, not the giant pythons of Florida or some other kind of eldritch horror.


Whereas I saw nothing outside today. I was hoping I might spot a box turtle. I love them and I know we have them here--well, we did until the fox kits grew up and learned to hunt, anyway.


At my childhood home, we'd occasionally find a box turtle in the backyard.  I haven't seen one since I've lived there, and I miss them.

The pythons are coming. They caught an 18 footer with 110 eggs inside her. They hide in the Everglades and are hard to find. They have dogs who hunt them. They are decimating the deer population but I haven't heard that they're swallowing alligators or panthers. But they have been seen in more populated areas.

Mostly, we have black racers. Harmless except to rats and mice. Since the garbage debacle, we love the black racers. There have been sightings of cottonmouths and rattlers.

We used to have a turtle hanging around but not for ages. Rabbits are coming back and we had a few Ibises roaming around. I thought we'd lost them for good.
           
 

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Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #758 on: September 13, 2022, 03:15:03 AM »
We used to have a turtle hanging around but not for ages. Rabbits are coming back and we had a few Ibises roaming around. I thought we'd lost them for good.
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Are yours the same hadeda ibis that we have?

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Maggie Ann

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #759 on: September 14, 2022, 04:30:43 AM »
We used to have a turtle hanging around but not for ages. Rabbits are coming back and we had a few Ibises roaming around. I thought we'd lost them for good.

Are yours the same hadeda ibis that we have?

how to wake the entire neighborhood with a baby tomato  :icon_mrgreen:

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We have white ibises and glossy ibises. The white ibis is the University of Miami's mascot. I went there for two years.

They hang out together pecking at out lawns. We used to see groups of 20-30 every day. Now it's only 3=5 in a group.
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Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #760 on: September 14, 2022, 09:02:20 AM »
That is such a gorgeous picture, Maggie Ann. I see them here (SC) on my walks with my dog.


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Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #761 on: September 14, 2022, 10:57:33 PM »
We used to have a turtle hanging around but not for ages. Rabbits are coming back and we had a few Ibises roaming around. I thought we'd lost them for good.

Are yours the same hadeda ibis that we have?

how to wake the entire neighborhood with a baby tomato  :icon_mrgreen:

https://www.facebook.com/leishlerproductions/videos/1704124506541024/

We have white ibises and glossy ibises. The white ibis is the University of Miami's mascot. I went there for two years.

They hang out together pecking at out lawns. We used to see groups of 20-30 every day. Now it's only 3=5 in a group.
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We have lots of the hadeda ibis. They have that terrible noisy cry. They peck at pot plants as well as the lawn and ruined a bonsai. They also pulled apart my penjing gardens when I left them on the lawn in the rain :icon_rolleyes:.  We call the white ones the sacred ibis, but they are not seen much.

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