Garden Happenings

There is nothing like starting the day being greeted by a happy Mexican Sunflower drenched in morning sunlight.

 

 

In my wooded area I came across ten or more Cicada Hunters.  They look like the world’s largest bees, but  they didn’t pay any attention to me and I was able to stand among them to snap a photo.  In the front yard I found a Rosy Wolf Snail shell.  It was a large one and the snail probably lived a long life.

 

There has been a new hatching of baby lizards and they are everywhere.  The other night when we arrived home in the dark, we were first greeted by a juvenile toad and in the corner of the brick pillar, a Carolina Wren was tucked away for the night.  I haven’t gotten a photo this year, but Pileated Woodpeckers have been announcing their arrival to the garden.

Why and what did this?  Some critter made a neat little path through my Balsam Impatiens bed.  It is always hard to leave the the garden and after some time away, the weeds took over a bed.

And now the weird and amazing.  I found mushrooms growing in a bag of compost.  I had planned to use it months ago, it never happened and the mushrooms grew.  Plants just can’t be stopped.


This and That

I have taken various photos around my yard that don’t really go together so here is a post of “this and that”.  I was trying to change the focus on my camera and took I shot into the wooded area.  It turned out pretty good.

I came across this giant 3 inch bug on the cobble rocks.  It was dead and not something I want to see flying at me while alive.  I’m not really sure what it is and spent some time looking at pictures of cockroaches to identify it. I had enough of that and gave up.

Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria psittacina) is pretty, but don’t ever plant them.  I was looking for its botanical name and an article came up asking how to get rid of them.

This chubby skink with no color or stripes was sunning on a rock one afternoon.

I had to buy a new Passion Flower plant this year as the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly caterpillars totally ate my last one.

I just thought this Rosy Wolf Snail was pretty against the moss rock.

And that is it for “this and that”.

 


Rosy Wolf Snail Entertainment

During my daily plant watering, this Rosy Wolf Snail, Euglanding rosea, crawled out onto the sidewalk.

The Snail was on a mission and ignored me.  Ants were crawling right by it, but that was not what the Rosy Wolf was hunting. This rather large snail eats smaller ones and was looking for slime trails.

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I love to watch these creatures crawl around, as I usually only find them curled up in their shells.  I put a Coleus leaf beside the snail and the leaf caught its attention.  The snail crawled over to check it out and left a silvery slime trail behind on the leaf.  After being thoroughly entertained by the Rosy Wolf, I moved it to a garden bed to keep it safe and hopefully it will eat some of those pesky plant eating snails.


Rosy Wolf Snail

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A Rosy Wolf Snail finally posed fully out of its shell for a photo.  It is a terrestrial snail that grows up to 3 inches and eats the smaller snails that devour garden plants.  Usually empty shells are found around the yard.  The Rosy Wolf Snail is a welcome in the garden to help keep nature in balance.