It was an exciting day for me yesterday for two reasons: I found a critter in the garden that I've never seen up-close before, and I finished a few more of my "cube" creations. I'll start the post with critters...
...beginning with perennial favorite Carolina mantis. This one has been hanging out in my potted walking stick bamboo (Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda) for a couple of weeks. I love when insects like this stay in the same place for weeks -- they almost become friends and I look for them every time I walk the garden. (If you imagine the multitude of bamboo leaf branches are the mantis legs, it becomes much more of a monster!)
This is the time of year when the Katydids add an ambience to the garden...
...their "singing" makes me feel good!
Okay, now on to the new critter, a surprise that made my day:
What is it?
It's a gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor), and it was resting on one of my elephant ear (Colocasia) leaves!
Despite the name, gray treefrogs are often green.
I was surprised at this one's choice of hiding spot, as it seemed quite conspicuous:
On second thought though, the dappled sunlight on the leaves...
...may have provided more camouflage than I thought.
I think my camera was starting to annoy him (her?) but this species has a more toad-like face than other frogs, and toads always look annoyed to me, so maybe it was just keeping an eye on me.
And now on to the new cubes!
Every time I add more to the "herd" they get even more attractive! The red and "brown mustard" ones are new, in case you haven't seen these before.
(The blue one is up on the deck now. Is it lonely?)
Like this chair? I found a pair of them at a flea market earlier this summer -- $40 for the pair was a fair price I thought.
I know I keep saying this, but more info coming soon about these stools/tables!