I have a large container in front of the middle brick divider that is between the two garage carriage doors. I usually plant it with either a bright Coleus or a Persian Shield. There is already some perennial vinca growing that cascades down the sides. The pot has developed a pretty patina of moss over the years and is one of my favorites. Several years ago after I planted I noticed a rather large hole in the pot, with a plant slightly displaced. I knew that I hadn’t created it myself when watering, as I use a fine spray. When I reached down to refill the hole and reset the plant I was almost scared out of my wits. A quite large frog jumped out of the hole, and just stared at me. Fortunately I am not afraid of frogs, and know they are good to not only have in the garden, but their presence is also an indicator of a healthy environment. He seemed unafraid of my presence, even as I placed the displaced plant in a different spot. I figured he would leave eventually. Next day I was watering, and out he hops by the pot rim so he could get a shower! This continued all summer long. I have no idea where he went for the winter, but the next year he was back, and a bit larger. So I planted around his hole, and every morning he would greet me. This year he was back again, and is so used to my presence, that I could even take his photo while he posed! He really cracks me up…..looks like a grumpy ole man. So here he a photo of my frog buddy. I tell you, the animals around here have a cushy life.
OK, now stay with me………below is not a snake!!!!! Just a cute skink.
Today it is raining, again. This summer I would have been better off reporting when the sun decided to shine, and that was a real event! The record rains this year however, have allowed for the newly planted garden areas to get really established without the stress of our normal very hot summers. I have only watered a few times all summer. Amazing! A couple of plants that do not like so much water are struggling a bit, but if our autumn is a bit drier I think they shall return in the spring.
There you have it. You have met one of the resident critters” that calls these woods home. I need to introduce you to the two much bigger ones that live in the house. No reptiles, I promise! Thanks for stopping by. Laters, charisse