Garden Events

Let’s get the unpleasantness over right away. Thursday night Noah was barking. Nothing new, right? But I went outside to hush him up, and then Chloe started barking and staring at something. YES. Another rattlesnake in my yard :((  The third rattlesnake in three summers. I rounded up the dogs and shut them in the house. But this time it was pretty close to the front door and the front gate. So I just stood there staring at it so it wouldn’t move. And I called my neighbors WHO ARE ALWAYS HOME and they weren’t home!! So I just kept standing there and calling them over and over, and then I called Kevin (MLG) to see if he had any good ideas about what to do. And then I thought of another friend to call to see if they could come over to shoot it. And then I thought I heard a car and hoping it was my good neighbors, I called them again, and they were home!! (they live about a mile away from me.) Anyway, Tom came over and shot that stupid snake, and I thanked him profusely, and he said it made him feel like Crocodile Dundee 🙂 I must have stood out there having a stand off with that snake for over half an hour! It was a little un-nerving, and I freely admit that I had an ice cream sandwich after that. And stayed up extra late and then took TWO melatonin before I went to bed.


Alright, now to the fun stuff. I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time in the garden this week. The weeds are growing like crazy, plus I’ve bought a few plants that needed to get into the ground. Its no good leaving little six-packs to bake in 95 degree weather.

This is another little succulent I got a while ago. Its a tiny variegated jade plant.


I’ve been collecting decorative pots, and today I replanted some of my little trees that were still in plastic containers.


I’m trying this little tree in the shade garden.


Finally having some luck with a heuchera. Aren’t the colors pretty?


And that little rose bush is going great guns!


I bought a yellow gaillardia to go with the pretty blue salvia. The dahlias are doing very well. I think I might add more of those next year!


Okay, the plant people must know that if they name something with a food name, I am immediately attracted to it. This was a Peachy lantana.


And I’ve already forgotten what this common little flower is called. But I noticed that they are producing more and more colors in this plant this year.


The roses have done well. Most of them are done, and I am waiting for them to put out a second bloom.


My honeysuckle!! I absolutely love the scent of this in the garden.


When its this hot, Noah gives up his beloved sling bed and lays in the gravel next to the house.


And a short chicken report. You can see the chickens bald spots in these pictures. So irritating. Some of them are finally growing some new feathers back. They are always moving. Going into their house or coming out. Checking out the second yard, and of course running to the gate if they think I’m bringing a treat.



This rooster is such a gentleman. Just the way roosters are supposed to be. When I give them treats, he just points out the delicacies to the girls and lets them have first chance at the food. That flat comb he has is called a rose comb. I didn’t use to like them, but I think it makes him look dignified 🙂DSCN6187

And that’s it for this week’s events. I have another busy week next week. MLG will be here, so I’m sure I’ll have some new things to show you.



13 thoughts on “Garden Events

  1. You scared me!! I thought you were going to say something happened to Noah – whew! glad he didn’t try to fight the snake. We have had a lot of snakes around our house lately – Shawn has shot at least 5 this summer – all water mocasins. Scary!!

  2. The rooster looks like he is wearing a beret. Such a handsome fella. And when I look at your chickens, the phrase “henpecked” came to mind – they really did a number on themselves, didn’t they!

    YIKES to that rattler. I’m impressed at what a good shot your neighbor is – that’s not a big target to hit. GOOD DOG NOAH for alerting you to danger!

    I had a peachy lantana but it didn’t survive. I have a boring yellow one that is going great guns, so I can’t complain, but I love the color variations of the peachy one better. Your garden is so beautiful!

  3. Verbena is the pink plant – they seem to be used a lot with other flowers in mixed pots around here. I love them because they are hardy so I usually try to get some for my patio.

    YIKES on the snake drama! Glad you had a neighbor to help, and an ice cream to soothe frazzled nerves.

  4. I hate snakes so the thought of seeing one in my yard just terrorizes me. I am glad you have your dogs to warn you. I love all the ohotos of your garden. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love the photos of your gardens. Now about that snake…scary thought. So relieved that neither you nor the doggies were bitten.

    About your chickens with the missing feathers on their backs and maybe top of heads….that is from the rooster mounting them. My poor hens were in terrible shape. I went on line to a site called “Backyard Chickens” and they were showing “hen saddles” which could be ordered, but I made mine from an online pattern. So simple to make. They fit just over the back and under their wings to prevent the talons from digging in their backs when the rooster mounts them. Didn’t see any solution to the pulled out feathers from the top of their heads though.

    Keep the lovely photos coming.

  6. I panicked for a second at first thinking something happened to one of your puppers with the snake. We have rattlers around here, but more in the mountain part than the foothills. Hikers do have to be careful. I love the smell of honeysuckle. Is that invasive for you? It is around here.

    Heuchera are so cool. I am having more success – mine were getting eaten by something and spraying neem oil on them has helped keep that down and now I have some that are blooming!

    • I have seen the honeysuckle be invasive, but where I have it–rocky soil, and the deer pruning it on one side, I’m not worried about it being invasive. I might have to investigate that neem oil.

  7. I’ve been watching (listening) for rattlers but so far they’ve stayed away this year. Your polite rooster looks French with a beret.
    I envy your honeysuckle, my gardenias are late, so I have only Night Blooming jasmine tantelizing my nose. I want more!
    No more snakes this year! Enjoy your wonderful yard,

  8. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile Debby. I just wanted you to know that I always find that I am smiling when I finnish reading it.

  9. Everything in your garden looks amazing! I wish I had your gardening skills. Maybe succulents are where I should start – are they hard to maintain?!

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