Easssssst-Side-Patch finally has a sssnake?
Whoa! an urban snake!
I was on my way down the yard to challenge William Wallace to our usual weekend stone throwing competition (he prides himself on his accuracy). After a brief conversation with him about the English, I turned around to see this snake, stretched out across the path! I realized I must have stepped right over it without seeing it. At this point I realized that to get across the snake I would have to jump back over it. I was flanked left and right by my pampas grasses, and venturing anywhere close to them would have been as bad as a snake bite. This was the largest snake I have witnessed in my yard, and my jump across it must have looked hilarious, so exaggerated!
I must have got four feet airborne!
I really wanted to get up close with the lens, but was a little leary
as I did not know his identity.
Snakes are not a strong point of mine.
I was happy to find that this was a Texas Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta lindheimeri)
and they can give you a good old fashioned biting if cornered,
in fact, they have a bit of a reputation.
The Texas Rat Snake is a fairly large snake, capable of attaining lengths past six feet.
This snake has a voracious appetite, consuming large amounts of rodents and birds, and sometimes lizards and frogs which they subdue with constriction. They are agile climbers, able to reach bird nests with relative ease. They are often found around farmland, and will sometimes consume fledgling chickens and eggs, which leads them to be erroneously called the chicken snake.
I am so happy to have this beneficial snake living under my shed, I assume that is where it may be living as that is where it slithered off to. He must have been having a veritable feast with my shed “issues” this past summer.
This honey bee was very busy on my purple heart plant which is blooming right now…filling his pockets like:
Staying on a war theme:
Purple Heart sprawling inbetween some moss boulders.
The blooms look like they are riding in dugout canoes.
Another (almost) bloomer right now, Meyer Lemon, I have just moved my container
up onto my porch for a little extra protection over the winter.
It is always a trade-off, heat verses light.
I can’t wait to get planting my new succulent bed…only five
more months to wait!
This is also a new plant for me this year, and even though
it is still small I have not been disappointed.
Firebush is a fast growing, semi-woody evergreen. Firebush produces showy
clusters of bright reddish-orange or scarlet tubular flowers.
The flower stems are also red. Even the clusters of berries
are showy; they ripen from green to yellow to red and finally to
Very tolerant to heat and drought…perfect for Texas!
offers unusual fall interest.
Great coloration and amazing iridescent wings.
click then click again for detail. (It was about 5mm long)
reminds me of the Art Deco
Chrysler Building in NY.
All my ornamental grasses are now putting on their brown winter clothes to match the granite pathways and moss boulders. They will stay like this until I see new growth appearing in early spring.
This philippine violet bloom has long lost it’s color, but has taken on
a completely new rustic aesthetic
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