An unusual creature was hanging out on the Variegated Ginger. It is some kind of toad as its skin is bumpy. I have never seen one this color.
It is probably a Gulf Coast Toad, although all the ones I have ever seen in the garden are brown. I have never seen one of the brown toads climb. Tree Frogs sleep on plants during the day, but are not bumpy. Is this a sick creature or an unusual visitor? I couldn’t find much on the internet and I would love help identifying it.
Today’s project was to save the Bulbine frutescens. The plants are in severe decline this year and have spilled over the rocks that line the bed. The photo is from better days.
The Rain Lilies had to be dug up. There were hundreds or thousands or maybe hundreds of thousands. Or at least it seemed that way as they were transplanted. The bulbs pictured in the tub are only the ones that had to be moved from another bed. The rest were just piled up near where they were dug.
While working, an unfamiliar bird started calling and popped out of the trees revealing itself as a Brown Thrasher (no photo) arriving for the winter. Next the Cardinals, Chickadees and Titmouses (wouldn’t pose for photo) came to check out the stranger and then filled up on birdseed.
Today’s flashback highlights flashy gingers. The exotic plants sport vibrant colors and wonderful scents. Enjoy!
And two flowers opened on the second day.
In a previous post, I was complaining about the unwieldy plant and it has only gotten worse. Look against the brick wall at the stem it sent out. It is about 80 inches long and the cactus is so unruly, I couldn’t even photograph the whole thing.
I am ready to put the cactus in the garden and let it grow up a tree, but after doing some research, it seems that the plant does not like freezing temperatures. So, somehow I will drag it to the corner of the porch for the winter where it will be protected and covered on those cold days. Hopefully in return, the cactus will continue to reward me with beautiful blooms.
Hummingbird madness descended on the Automatic Garden this morning. The little birds are impossible to count, but there may have been nearly 10 participating in a feeding frenzy. The little Ruby Throated hummers are also impossible to photograph, but these pictures give an idea of the action.
The sparring was rampant. Little bodies clashed with thudding sounds and dropped to the ground. Bees were chased away by screeching hummers using their beaks like swords.
There were moments of rest between fights.
This group will probably be here a day or two during their migration, loading up on nectar from Hummingbird Bush, Cigar Plant, Bottlebrush, Salvias, Mist Flowers and good old sugar in the feeders.
I wish them well on their trip south and the garden will be ready for the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds’ return.
This week the flashback is the Gluten Free dish Chickpea Salad with the flavor of Provence. It features fresh herbs or it can be made quickly with dried ones. The Chickpea Salad is a tasty dish to take to any gathering.
While stopped at a red light, a worker was trimming a bed of Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea) right next to my car. Tiny pieces of the plant stuck all over the car and gave off the strong aroma of garlic, filling the inside of the car with its smell. I was accompanied on the rest of my errands with the aromatic scent.
Needless to say, my car got a good hosing after returning home.