Another Amphibian Adventure

For the last few years the pond has been the center of amphibian activity in my garden, toads and frogs visible or audible almost from March to September. Then the army of toadlings around the garden... This year although I've heard toads out there every time it rained, no tadpoles or toadlings that I could see. Maybe the low water level took away all of the good spawning zones? This year though, a new development...



...and it involves the water barrel in the front walkway garden.

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Magnificent!

I don't like to use words like "magnificent" in reference to my own garden, but sometimes other descriptions just don't fit. Yesterday I had one of those moments where I thought "wow, this is really pretty!".


Perhaps it was the delightfully cool and sunny weather, or the fact that we had just gotten back from a great little hike around a local conservation area and I was in a particularly good mood, but seeing the backlit papyrus and everything else in the front garden, well...


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Laziness provides opportunity

You saw yesterday how lazy I had been with the walkway, but that's nothing when compared to my approach to mowing the lawn this year. A dry July meant little lawn growth so no need to mow, but then the rains came so frequently we rarely had good mowing conditions. Then it was too long to easily mow, turtles could be hiding anywhere!


The end result is that the back lawn hasn't been mowed for at least 6 weeks, possibly longer. My bright green garden hose is back here, and you can't see even an inch of it -- it's right in front of you!


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It's about time!

For weeks the front walkway has been a problem. Rains and vigorous growth had made this more of an obstacle course than a place to walk. The last straw was seeing the FedEx guy stop and walk across the lawn instead of using the pathway -- that's what I had been doing the last few days too!


So with temperatures reasonable (85ºF/29ºC) today, I finally did something about it.


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Just playing around: new lens

I got a "new" camera lens yesterday. As you might remember I use a few vintage camera lenses, and this one fits under that same description. My stepson found it and another lens in a dumpster at work, so it was a freebie.


I was eager to see how it works with my camera and compares to my other lenses, so I spent some time just screwing around taking photos of the front garden. Some are through the window and some are after I stepped out onto the porch. Still, there's no real theme to what I photographed so just remember "lazy lens test" as you view them.

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Impulse buy, no guilt

I was at Lowe's yesterday when I decided to take a look around the garden center. Nothing really caught my eye until I saw the big succulents display:


Okay, I don't really need more plants that need to be overwintered indoors, but I couldn't resist looking, especially when...

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Monday Miscellany

It's hot and dry in some parts of the country, but here in St. Louis the heat is gone and it's cooler than normal -- very wet too!


I haven't done anything substantial in the garden for weeks it seems, so today just another random collection of photos and observations. I never got around to planting the tradescantia around like I was going to, so it's just in a single tiny pot. How is it doing so well?

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Mantis

I scatter dozens of mantis babies every year in my garden, and one of my joys is when they stay put and I get to watch them grow up over the summer.


This one has chosen a great place to squat as it's both seemingly well protected and also easy for me to view every day. I'm not quite sure how it's finding food, but it must be.

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Vintage gardening wisdom

As I leave the bakery each morning I drop off our organic waste and recycling. The recycling dumpsters are sometimes filled to the top, spilling cardboard (usually) onto the ground. Last week though they were not overflowing yet there was still something on the ground -- a book turned face down. Maybe not too surprising as there is a book store that shares these dumpsters, but still, one single book -- I've never seen books here before.


Upon picking it up I saw that it was surely intended for me to find, some cosmic force or another guiding me to this place at this time. Yes, an old Sunset Gardening book!

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