This isn't right!

Yesterday I saw something that disturbed me: a very young fawn running around the front yard! It was probably a week old at most.


I was talking on the phone at the time and when I pulled out the camera it said "card not formatted" -- which is a problem I've been having lately -- so I had to navigate menus to format while talking and also following the fawn from window to window. Since mom was nowhere to be seen I assume the little one was in a panic, probably scared by the work crews.


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Wednesday Vignette: Lucky!

I sometimes marvel at how much my garden (and life) are guided by chance -- luck even. A tree falls and somehow misses everything in the yard, a volunteer or two grow in just the right spot to make things amazing, and things like this:


The main electric cable needs to be replaced in your neighborhood but it's located on the other side of the street!


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Cuckoo sees stars...

...and it wasn't because he was pining for some chocolatey breakfast cereal either. Walking through the maypop trellis yesterday I was startled by a flapping of wings.


A cuckoo! I've never seen a cuckoo before* but somehow knew immediately what it was. Why was it hanging out down in the corner here?


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End of summer lushness

Perhaps it's because I haven't spent much time out in the garden this summer, or maybe it's just been perfect weather for tropicals in St. Louis, but I'm particularly pleased and impressed with things in the back yard this year.


Especially the tropicals and tropical-looking annuals (like castor bean). I know I've show them to you recently but I swear they've put on another foot (30cm) of height since then. I just have to show them again!

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Surprising Turtles

Yesterday a spider surprised me. Today, I surprised a pair of turtles.


They were doing private things.


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Spider Surprise!

It's the time of year when the orb weavers and other big spiders are very visible in the garden. I've seen the large webs in many places for the last couple of weeks, and have run into those crazy strong support strands that somehow cross paths that span 7' (2m) or more.


I got a surprise when I opened the garage door after dark yesterday though!


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Midweek Miscellany

Time again for collected snippets. It's not Autumn now, it's not! At least the weather agrees with me on that, as it will be 90ºF (32ºC) again today, and for the next few days. Humid too -- where's my dry September that I love so much?


Speaking of love, the deer are so comfortable in my garden, they must love it. I have mixed feelings about that as they walk around like they own the place.


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Accidental vine duo is perfect

Time for an update on the maypop (Passiflora incarnata) vines that are beautifully taking over the "gate" pergola next to the house:


The point of this post though is that an happy accident has occurred...


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Bamboo in pots, then not

When you grow a lot of bamboo like I do (30+ varieties) and most of them are running bamboos, the rhizome pruning that I do to control them results in lots of rhizomes to pot up. Especially if I get lazy for a while and some of the plants shoot in areas that they shouldn't.


The end result is that I have a lot of potted bamboos that I keep in a temporary nursery area. The thing about potted bamboos though...

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