Just quickie odds-and-ends today with no particular theme.
Over the weekend, we saw THIS guy hiding in a narrow space between the driveway and garage door:
After running around in circles and screaming like crazy-women, Maggie and I talked to local people and did a bit of Google research. I feel confident we’re sharing the garage with Pantherophis guttatus aka Eastern Corn Snake. I raked it to the sideyard twice, (to where I previously herded the moles! ha! food source!) but it keeps returning to this exact spot! Wierd, right?
The gardens are popping with color on a daily basis:
The first “Red Sun” Sunflower opened this morning from seeds planted in January. Now look at the orange/red amaryllis behind it. Today I noticed a second flowerscape poking through the soil. I like this development; last year it only produced one.
The next photo shows an unfurled white peace lily spadix (the first of the season!) behind a fully opened phalaenopsis last seen in March. Both seem happy with the bright filtered light at the base of the bauhinia tree.
Each winter I make “mystery containers” by sprinkling unknown, left over seeds into random pots. I’m not sure what else is growing here, but I recognize some portulaca:
A few of my recently planted lily bulbs have opened, like this red dwarf variety.
and this year old Ruby Spider Hemerocallis:
I was very lucky to catch this next little gem, just before sundown on Monday, 4/22/13. Not only are Dietes Bicolor flowers short-lived, they’re rarely fully open AND for a very brief span of time:
I hope you’re all enjoying this wonderful season as much as I am!
Until next time….