Second Spring in the Garden

I came across this baby Copperhead that seems to be going through a difficult molt. This photo was taken in the morning.

I checked on the snake late in afternoon and it was still on the same rock.  Its tail is in a new position, so I knew it was alive.  No, I did not poke it to check.  Molting or the preferred description, shedding or the scientific word ecdysis, seems to be hard work.  I did some research and it said a snake in captivity can be helped by its owner.  With a Copperhead, I decided to let nature take its course.  It seems late in the year for babies, but…

there are lots of baby lizards, anoles and geckos, around.  This green anole greets me every morning from its home on a potted plant by my door.

The garden has been full of these yellow Cloudless Sulphur butterflies.  There were at least 7 flying around. They were not very interested in posing for photos, so this is the best shot I was able to get.

Quite a few Gulf Fritillary butterflies have been visiting. They had been gone from the garden for a few years and just started coming back last Fall. The Bottle Brush decided to put out a few flowers attracting the butterflies and bees.

My Japanese Anemone has been struggling all year, but has finally bloomed.

My Confederate Rose is still blooming and giving me joy every day.  With the cooler weather, it is skipping the light pink color and going directly to dark rose.  Here in the Gulf Coast area, this time of year is often called our second Spring and it certainly seems that way with baby animals and newly blooming flowers.


24 Comments on “Second Spring in the Garden”

  1. The copperheads seem to appear regularly, proximity to the lake? Interesting about the butterflies – Harvey? I have both here and they have tapered off, I have seen one Monarch!

    • I think it is the combination of the lake and wooded area for the snakes and I have rocks around all my beds, which they like. The butterflies I can’t figure out. I used to have so many, I could hold a flower and they would land on it. I think (and I’m far from an expert) they just end up where the wind blows and started coming back here last year. I’ve had some Monarchs and their caterpillars.

      • Hmm, I had an incredible number of butterflies over the summer and now not so many. The tubular flowers that really attracted them have stopped flowering so that may be it. The poisonous snakes (Coral ) like piles of debris and compost – so I try to avoid those. I think the raccoons eat all the compost at night as I never get any.

      • I had a huge problem with raccoons when I was composting. No matter how I secured the lid, they opened it.

      • There is a huge Surinam Cherry hedge the raccoons hang out in at night (and eat) then they hit the compost pile, then the Armadillos come out. It’s a marsupial festival. Nightly.

      • Sounds familiar. I have racoon “plantings”. Apparently, they like to relieve themselves as they go up trees, grape vines and other plants grow from their droppings under my trees. In a way, it is very interesting how seeds get around to grow in a new location. Nature is just too cool!

  2. Tina says:

    Wow–impressive (and close…) photo of the copperhead. Equally impressive is the photo of the Cloudless Sulphur-those in my garden will not sit still long enough, or perhaps, the photographer isn’t as patient as need be. My baby and juvenile anoles are everywhere too–and always charming. Nice set of photos!

  3. FlowerAlley says:

    I love all your little friends.

  4. Deb says:

    Nice photos! I have those little anoles sneaking into the boot & laundry room,maybe hoping for some winter protection.

  5. gaiainaction says:

    What a beauty in your garden, lovely pictures of your wildlife. That snake even looks nice! Enjoyed your post very much indeed!

  6. shoreacres says:

    That copperhead is beautiful. That head is a good distinguishing mark — it certainly helps to differentiate it from the water snakes. I do love the green anoles, too. I’ve seen more this year than in the past few, even though the population of the non-native species seems constant. They’re all cute. We still have some babies around that aren’t more than a couple of inches long.

  7. Chloris says:

    Beautiful snake, but scary. I still don’t get how you can poke about in your flower beds knowing there are copperhead snakes about. I wouldn’t dare step outside. Your gorgeous butterflies are more to my taste.

    • I am trying to wear gloves when I am putting my hands into the beds. I guess the snakes will not bother me until I have an attack by them. Usually, they are just watching or running the other way.

  8. I like the green of the rock the copperhead was on.

  9. Sheryl says:

    Great pictures of the copperhead. Until I read this post, I never thought about whether it was difficult for a snake to shed its skin.

  10. That rose is gorgeous.

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