Backyard

We are enjoying a brief pause between rainstorms, so today I was Responsible and spent some time and energy doing garden tasks.  I realized that it was the first time in, oh, thirty years that I’ve used a rake.  (I grew up in an area which didn’t have enough flat space to need raking, except for the area directly under the enormous live oak tree that held my swing.  Not much point in raking that.)  And also that my gloves were not entirely thistle-proof.  Thanks to all the rain, we’re having a bumper crop of pointy things, albeit mainly around the edges of the area we’re trying to care for.

Unfortunately, all the nice green growing things have not distracted the deer from eating my once-beautiful heucheras.  They’re recovering, a little, but we’re making a trip to Home Depot later to get structures to put netting over them.

Here are some pictures I meant to post last year. (Sigh.)

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Most of them now look like the second picture, at least the ones that have survived.  I’m hopeful that eventually with the application of sun and netting we’ll get something like the other pics again.

Our hanging lantana has also not been well-treated by the weather.  But some of them are looking like they’ll bloom if only the big sky spigot will stay turned off long enough.  I also pulled at least three would-be oak trees out of their planters, the first sprouted acorns I’ve ever seen.

I’m a little annoyed at myself that I don’t seem to have ever cropped etc the pics of the lantana I took when they were blooming, and I don’t feel like digging them out again.  So here’s a picture of Praline dozing.

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Find The Moth

Quot was intently tracking a moth when it flew to the side and he lost sight of it.

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I know it went in this direction.
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Maybe over here?
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You’d think all these mirrors would help, but they don’t.
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This smells interesting, but not at all mothlike.
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Wow, I’m handsome.  Hello, me!
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Maybe it went back this way.
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When all else fails, go back to the beginning and start over.
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Phooey.  This just isn’t working.  I give up.
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But I’m SURE it went that way…

He never did find it. Did you?