offers up a myriad of spine-tingling horrors that makes Bermuda grass removal seem suddenly quite “tame”.
I read somewhere that you can even use a glyphosate product, half strength, over the top of it to control weeds and it will still be okay – though don’t hold me to this.
It also has to be one of the most horrible plants to remove from a landscape, think roaches…roaches…and many more unmentionables, all lying-in-wait to run up your legs, get into your gloves and generally make you extremely paranoid. Think grown men dropping shovels and performing ridiculous sideways dances while frantically beating their legs with flailing arms.
(Note to self: Never ever wear those shorts with the ripped hem and the hanging-down bit of fabric whilst removing this groundcover again)
I have developed a technique that aids the removal of this plant…digging it out does not work, pulling on it is futile, but slicing and rolling it back on itself like a carpet works quite well. It is by no means perfect or remotely pleasant, but it works better than anything else. This particular carpet removal had a couple of “what is that?” moments, first we uncovered a bunch of rib bones, yes rib bones, then this emerged from the dark undergrowth:
This was just a little too realistic at first glance.
The foot was followed by:
I will be better prepared.
Halloween week would not be complete without some spiders, now would it?
Lets get started with the plastic-looking woodlouse hunter,
Species Dysdera crocata
The “two-tone” look, with the abdomen much lighter than the cephalothorax, is really quite striking… (pushes up thick glasses on nose bridge, emits a tiny snort).
Woodlouse hunters are often seen in the autumn in basements and other cool areas of homes; presumably they are looking for winter shelter. These spiders have very large fangs which they use to pierce the armored bodies of woodlice and beetles.
Next on my shovel is a Wolf Spider –
Wolf spiders are members of the family Lycosidae, from the Greek word “lycosa” meaning “wolf” as their method of hunting is to run down their prey. They are robust and agile hunters that rely on good eyesight, well, having eight of them arranged in three rows helps.
And last but not least, what I believe to be a velvety Black House Spider,
Okay, okay…I get the hint!
Mist flowers are the stars this week in the Patch, from the blues…
…to the fragrant, they are putting on a fine show right now and attracting a multitude of insects.
It is also the time of Celosia,
and the Austin Celtic Festival:
I also want to shout out a big thanks to all my Austin blogging friends who showed up for the “Patch A GoGo” happy hour.
Finally, I would like to share a design that I have recently executed for the Mary Lee Foundation on South Lamar in Austin:
I worked with a local architect Jiří Hájek from HÁJEK & Associates, Inc. and Steven Zack, the coordinator for the project from the foundation to develop a wish-list of design criteria for the space. The goal for the garden was to create an interesting, organic space that offers a variety of destination points with multiple ways to get to them. Seating and social gathering places are intrinsic to the final design. The scheme incorporates “character-areas” each offering a range of different visual and tactile experiences and stimuli.
“The Wheels of Change”
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