Spring

Spring

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Safe Haven For A Lizard

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This is Mr. Stumpy. He's growing a new tail.



He/she lives in the greenhouse where the cats won't get him/her...



again.







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Monday, September 24, 2007

Autumn In My Garden #3 - Cosmos

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Lacy foliage, soft shades of pink and white flowers, the slightest breeze sends them dancing while the pansies below watch longingly.




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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Autumn In My Garden #2 - Pansies

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The faces of viola. What better way to usher in autumn than with these little darlings?




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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Autumn In My Garden #1 - Zinnia

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This is my favorite time of year - soft golden light, long late afternoon shadows, a sharpness in the air, the smell of fallen leaves and wood smoke, the promise of cleansing rains.

Flowers that haven't bloomed since spring will often make a valiant effort to do so now before the first frost.

The sedums and asters are in full bloom, attracting the elusive honeybee to our garden as is the clematis Montana alba.

Orb spiders, on their spun masterpieces, are patiently awaiting the clueless flying insects that will get them through the winter months ahead.

I begin the Autumn series with this handsome specimen: Zinnia. I've not had much luck growing them here on the coast as they are a hot weather plant - the hotter the better. So I feel lucky to have this one. In the hot inland valleys they attract moths, butterflies and pray mantids. Here, I may see a stray lawn moth or two. Mostly they remind me of gardens past and treasured.



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Monday, September 17, 2007

Scorpion

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About 2 1/2 inches long, this scorpion, genus Uroctonus mordax, came from the Willow Creek area, about an hour inland from the coast, and is the first one I've ever seen up close and personal. Rather shy and docile, it will live in a young man's terrarium.





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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Curious Quail...

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Curious-er cat. The cat never had a chance.



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Sunday, September 02, 2007

A Succulent For Susan

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Hi there, girlfriend!




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