Monday, August 10, 2009

Garden Visitors

Sunday was unusually hot – 90 + and very humid. I had to do some “damage control” in my poor garden that was hit hard by the recent rain storms. I couldn’t help but notice some interesting visitors (besides the slugs and earwigs). A “gang” of salamanders have taken up residence on my front porch – they seem to like my little red wagon – I lifted a pot out of it and three of them went scurrying for cover.
Lots of dragonflies. I also heard the summer crickets and saw a couple of small frogs. We have toads to – I’m sure because we live in a woodlot and have some ponds nearby.

Later this month our grass will “come alive” with lots of baby frogs jumping up and down – its something to watch G&G figure out what the heck is going on! Frankly, I always feel bad about having lawn service this time of year ( Oh the humanity!)
And last but not least a hummingbird moth. The first time I ever saw one was at our cottage and I could not for the life of me figure out what it was. The power of the internet educated me, so when I had today’s sighting I knew exactly what I was looking at! Unfortunately I can’t lay claim to these photos as my fella was too quick for me - but he looked a lot like the second pic. I know many of you have gardens – have you had any interesting visitors lately?

2 comments:

  1. Oh, how I dislike the heat and extreme humidity -it makes me surly! Love your garden and the bugs that inhabit it. Since all of my flowers are in pots, I usually don't see many little creatures like that. We have the bigger creatures - the deer that come out for a midnight buffet and eat geranium heads, impatients, and hybiscus. One (or a group) went through the other evening and gobbled up the flower heads. Three of us had the visitors, but the plants are blooming again. They like what they like! Carol

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  2. Oh how I could go on and on about my garden! It's my most favourite place to be. A new addition to our property is a chipmunk who has decided to make a crawl space under our garage. We discovered on Sunday that there is another entrance (or possibley an exit) on my neighbours side. I'm hoping that one day I don't come out to see the garage sunken into the ground because of the burrows strategically placed. Afew weeks ago a Garder snake slithered out from under a bush while I was watering, haven't seen him since. There are the standard squirrels and birds that are always around collecting the slices of bread I put out daily. The butterflys are taking advantage of my Purple Cone Flowers and Black Eyed Susans. As a garden progresses, new additions appear and take up residence. I haven't seen the snake lately, hopefully he is still around to catch all those pesky mosquitos!.
    J oxxo

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