Monthly Archives: July 2010

Hot Out There…

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Hot and muggy in the garden these last few days, which has limited my yard work. I managed to complete my hugulkulter bed on Saturday, thereby creating The World’s Ugliest Bed. (Seriously, it’s a bunch of branches with 300lbs of composted cow manure and an unspecified quantity of fill dirt from the frog pond heaped on top. There are branches sticking out of the edges and through the dirt. All my instincts tell me that there is no world in which this can possibly support life above the weed stage, but I plugged two raspberries and a serviceberry into it in the interests of science. I suspect they will either die immediately or grow twelve feet tall and eat the house.)

Spotted a widow skimmer dragonfly cruising the flowerbed. I cannot figure out where all these dragonflies are coming from–everything you read hammers home that they live near water, and the nearest pond/stream/whatever is, to my knowledge, several miles away. Even the usually soggy drainage area in our trees has turned to cracked mud in the heat. Yet the dragonflies keep appearing. Go figure.

Lowes is selling Tennessee coneflower, which is endangered in the wild, but propagated widely in the nursery trade. I had been holding off–if an endangered plant died in my yard, I would be wracked with guilt–but if they’re common enough to be sold en masse at Lowes…I bought four and plunked them into holes in the bed. We’ll see if any of them like it here.

Supposed to hit over a hundred degrees the next few days, so I’m not anticipating much yardwork beyond keeping the birdbaths filled and giving the occasional drink to some of the swamp plants and the new transplants.


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Amphibian, ho! The photo is a little blurry–Kevin got it with his iPhone–but unless I miss my guess, this little guy is a juvenile Fowler’s Toad, one of the most common toads in our area.

The presence of a juvenile amphibian of any variety is cause for celebration in this amphibian-hostile world, so I celebrate by doing the dance of frog biodiversity, which resembles many of my other dances, and also a Muppet having a seizure.

Toadlet here eats insects and small invertebrates, but apparently does not like earthworms, which means that he is super-uber welcome in my yard, and I would have done the dance of toad welcoming, but I suspected that the neighbors would look at me funny, and Kevin would have gotten that one expression, and anyway, it might have scared the toad.






Blue Darter on Liatris

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I'm actually kinda impressed at the quality of the iPhone camera on this's sort of counter-intuitive to me that an upgrade you download makes the physical camera work better, but Kevin threw words like "firmware" at me, so I guess that's how it works.