This morning while I was watering I discovered a large box turtle in my flower bed, but I didn't have my camera. So I missed that shot. I took Sandy down to the lake for her daily swim. Tons of weekenders are here with tons of their dogs running around, so I brought the cats in until tomorrow evening when they all go back home. I forgot to bring in the cat food and there it was, in broad daylight, in the middle of the afternoon. The cutest young raccoon up on the porch, next to the storm door having his lunch. I got my camera and I was afraid it would run when it saw me. No way Jose, he just looked up and smiled at me. Here is it's picture.
You all have a great day and happy gardening. Bill Mitchell
I stated in my profile that I lived on a wooded lot. I'll expand on that a bit more. Our property is about 0.7 of an acre. We have over one hundred trees, surrounding us. The white oak trees, which are the majority, are about one hundred feet tall or more. Some hickory, a few pine and cedar and others. It only takes a casual view upward to see that the places of full sun is almost nonexistent. It is a challenge to chose plants to make the kind of garden show I strive for. I don't want to brag, but if you've seen any of my photographs, you will see that I have met the challenge. The following pictures are a different perspective of looking to the heavens kind of beauty.
Looking up from the south side of the house.
View looking up from the south toward the west or front of the house.
Looking up from the back yard, from the north east conner of the house.
View of the yard and woods in front of the house.
Looki ng up from the north side of the house.
Looking up from the south east conner of the back yard.
In a blog yesterday, someone was asking about leaves on the flower beds during the winter. Does any one need leaves? Check with me in December and I'll have plenty for everyone.
You all have a great day and happy gardening. The Hillbilly, Bill Mitchell
My cats were making interesting moves around the yard this morning and Sandy went to investigate the situation. She ran back into the house. Bill come quick, there's a snake outside the door. I discovered a diamond back rat snake laying straight out like a stick. It was about four to five feet long. It ignoring the cats. I took my cane and directed it under the porch. About 4:30 pm, it had ventured out into the yard again, so I picked it up and Sandy photographed us together before I released it into the woods. Here are the pictures.
Isn't this a beautiful healthy rat killer.
Y'all have a great day and happy gardening. The Hillbilly