I don’t know why but I seem to have more than my fair share of strange goldfish escapades. This latest one had me scratching my head, something this goldfish could never do, because this goldfish had been…
It also had had it’s tail removed. Brrr.
This cold blooded (ahem) murder was made all the stranger due to the fact that I located the corpse on the side of this bird bath that was looking particularly unattractive being full of post oak catkin sludge, and now apparently a random fish part.
Now I know Kumo has a fondness and a reputation for finding and lodging the odd rotten fish-bit around his collar, but this time I am quite sure he had nothing to do with the crime.
I know this as when confronted with something and he is guilty, his expression morphs into something like this:
Not that I really thought he could catch a fish, expertly filet it’s head and tail then position what was left strategically on the side of my birdbath.
I can only assume this is Gollum’s handiwork, perhaps he was looking for some water to wash the fish down?
Seedpods from my stargazer lilies…talk about bizarre.
What did you expect?
Lots of firsts this week in the Patch.
The first tropical bloom from this butterfly iris.
The first croaks and visitations from our Gulf coast toads,
and the first flowers on my lizard’s tail,
also called breast weed as it has historically been used to treat inflammation of the breasts and other portions of the body.
As the greenish seeds develop, the “tail” takes on a wrinkled appearance, hence the common name.
Lizard’s tail has distinctive heart-shaped leaves and a curved raceme with many white, inconspicuous flowers.
The flowers have a sassafras aroma to them very similar to Hoja Santa.
A great pond plant but keep it in a container as it spreads aggressively by rhizomes.
This ‘Black Pearl’ ornamental pepper provides some great shade color,
with its eerie iridescent purple-pink flowers.
Larkspur are also just starting to open up this week.
I recall shaking some spent larkspur plants over this bed last year, no shortage in here now!
has enjoyed our recent rains.
I divide these every year and dot them any place I have space.
More inconspicuous flowers.
This plant tolerates part sun, light shade and even deep dark shade.
Here is my first line of porch-defense against mosquitoes this year:
I am interested to see if this deters them.
Critters observed in the Patch this week:
And to finish a very small Mygalomorph hiding under some leaves I was clearing out, perhaps a baby tarantula?
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