I tried to get out early yesterday morning to get things done before the rain. Ha. No rain. I piddled around tidying things, transplanting here and there. It seemed that no matter where I went in the yard that I discovered ants -- regular ants, #@!$ ants, fire ants, forest ants. I guess this will be the year of the ants.
Son was beside the Patio Garden talking on the phone yesterday when a king snake went right past him. It scared him, but at least he didn't go on an attack. I'm trying to teach Hubby and Son to leave my good snakes alone! They help to keep the toady-frog population down!! Since the toadies won't stop tunneling around in my beds, I've decided to use more pots this year. Besides, they are calling for a dry summer and it will be easier to hand-water pots, than try to water twenty-two flower beds.
Here's the view in the backyard around Aunt Winnie's Garden and the Rock Garden. The pots have the old-timey begonia, vincas, marigolds, portulaca, rootings of plectranthus, echevaria, and a few others. Beside the red pot on the right is a dwarf coreopsis. I don't know how long I can keep it in that pot, but I'll keep it there as long as it thrives.
I hope to get outside in the yard again today now that I've got some new potting soil to play with. I found a few zinnias coming up in the driveway. Wouldn't you know it. They never come up in the bed where you want them!
This morning Hubby was looking out the front window and asked me what I thought this was. I looked and it was a fox. He was just sitting, looking around. Then he spotted something. We looked over to the edge of the woods and there was someone's kitty. It just looked back. Then it squatted down, tucked its little feet underneath itself and sat there. The fox came to it, looked the cat over and left it alone. The fox went about its business. We watched as the fox went down the driveway and back up, over to the hollow, back to the driveway. I kept looking and saw the fox again over by the hollow, running. Then a bunny shot out of the woods. The fox didn't pursue. Ah, life in the wild.
Mission for today: Transplant zinnias, enjoy the birds, and keep an eye out for a sly fox.
May 5, 2012 | 6:04 AM PST
What a treat! We seldom see foxes close up and personal around here - just the occasional one running through a field in the distance. I've been battling ants in my flower beds forever. Borax is the most eco-friendly and effective solution I've found so far. I don't know how you manage to keep up with all your beds, Witt. Thanks for sharing the photo and story.
May 5, 2012 | 8:17 AM PST
So glad you did not witness a fight to the death between fox and cat. Have only seen a fox in the wild one time many years ago before kids even. It was a red fox and beautiful running in and out of the trees.
May 5, 2012 | 11:54 AM PST
Witt your paths and garden beds are so tranquil...no wonder the fox liked it there. I'm glad it left the cat alone too.
Really sorry about the ants...they get in everything. Like your container garden idea...a very little peat moss will help hold the moisture if it doesn't dry out completely. Since we won't see rain again until the late fall..it has been a big help in my pots.
May 6, 2012 | 1:29 PM PST
YOur flower garden is just lovely. Very nice. I saw a fox last yr. in the neighbors yard. Ants...I don't think anything will really get rid of them...they just move over a little farther...lol. Blessings..reba
May 7, 2012 | 6:50 AM PST
The picture looks so cool, Witt! I, too, am glad you did not see the fox attack the cat! I think I'd have run out to chase it away! Fire ants will get in the containers, too, and they are really bad in the deep south this year. I have to mix malathion with my water when watering my potted plants-such a pain!