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Hurricanes and Volcanos: Videos of a Subtropical Garden

 

The combined effect of living above an inland lake surrounded by mountains and being 40 miles from Colima Volcano—one of the most active volcanoes in North America—makes for interesting weather during hurricane season. No wind, but our usually sunny mornings turn overcast and misty.  The air is a bit cooler than usual, and when the volcanically-heated mineral springs empty into my pool and hot tub, it makes for some very atmospheric scenes.  Pasiano was in the process of clipping and cleaning up, getting ready for the lush growth of the rainy season.  Morrie, as usual, made his mark on the occasion. Who could have staged that?  Who would want to?  Hope you enjoy these scenes of my terrace, pool and garden.

 

kStan(ly)’s fantasy garden and blog

Just have to share kStan(ly)’s garden with you.  It’s zany and fun and recycling a lot of stuff that otherwise might go into a landfill or out into the ocean!!! The rest of her blog is pretty cool, too.  Hit the below URL to be transported into her world:
 https://kstanlyksays.wordpress.com/crazy-quilt-silly-space-sculpture-garden/

G’Day Mate!!!!

G’Day Mate!!!

Today Was A Good Day!  Among other things, Pasiano and Yolanda and I unpotted plants from burst pots and replanted them in new spots in the garden or in new pots.

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Here is our pile of broken pots–big ones!  We will put the shards over the ground in places we don’t want Morrie to dig!

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Here is my newly potted pineapple plant, now in the sun where it will actually grow fruit. Before it was practically obscured by other plants.

IMG_3989And here is the rascal who has been eating my Virginia Creeper!!! We’ve been looking for him for weeks!  As you can see, he had just taken a chunk out of a leaf when Pasiano nabbed him.  If anyone knows what kind of moth he turns into, please let me know.  I once researched it but can’t remember.  We relocated him onto my spare lot.  Hope he likes Castor bean plants as much as Virginia Creeper! The mystery was solved within a minute of my posting when MLou wrote that this fella (or lady) is a Tomato Hornworm.  I looked it up and sure enough, she is right.  It grows into a Hummingbird Moth, which is so called because it looks and acts amazingly like a hummingbird. I’ve never seen one, so I think we are doing too good a job of getting rid of the caterpillar stage.  One year I had one as a pet.  It is a remarkable story that I will try to post later.

IMG_3993Look how he holds on to the branch with his five sets of legs. So proper looking like a butler.

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I love his little tail that looks like one of those brushes you buy to clean between your teeth! His coffee bean tattoos.

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His mouth like a rattlesnake rattle or if you take his entire head into account, like a parrot’s beak.  Fascinating little outer-space-looking creatures that I wouldn’t mind having around if they wouldn’t absolutely decimate my Creeper vines!!! This fella was about 4 inches long.

IMG_4003Here is my Virginia Creeper minus ET.

Yes, it has been a good day.  Tonight I’m going dining and dancing with a friend and although today is sunny and bright, everything is verdant green because of the daily rains we have been having.

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On Monday, my covered patio looked like this! The water couldn’t drain fast enough and was inches deep.

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This odd little object sticking up from my terrace floor that looks like a chandelier globe is actually formed by water that can’t get down the drain fast enough.  I think there was a leaf obstructing the flow.

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When my plants are happy, I’m happy, and doesn’t this look like a cheerful bunch?

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