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"Dead in a Shed"

"Ya, but no, but ya,
but, ooooooo my god I cannot believe ESP
has changed his blog layout, or summat, or nothin"!

As you can see the ESP has had a bit of a re-vamp, new font, new "Austin" bat theme, and finally folks, links to my favorite garden blogs (plus one or two others). It was time for a change. If I have left anyone out of this list that knows me please let me know and I will add you.

Times are changing for this large pecan tree also, expedited by the recent cold snap. The browning foliage looks spectacular right now against the blue sky days we are experiencing. I am still watering as if it is summer, the ground is still so dry, and there is still no rain in sight!

I have been taking advantage of this cooler weather by doing things in the yard that I had postponed in the Hell days of summer. The most disturbing of these was the shed "clean" up. I dont know if you remember

 " A Nutria is Eating my Shed" 

This summer I was a late setting some poison out, and one "Ratatouille" turned into quite a few. I fixed the vent where they were getting in, and a couple of them "passed away" inside the shed. Needless to say I avoided going into the shed as much as possible. The combination of 100 degree temps (120 inside the shed) and a decomposing rat or two is a disastrous combination beyond belief. I felt like I should tape up the entire shed with police tape,

that, or just set fire to the whole thing. My theory here was to let them "dry up" as it were, and dry up they did.  The aroma went from a mind altering:

to a "what is that?, can you smell that?, oh yes now I remember".

The recent bulk collection prompted my venture back inside the shed for a deep clean up. I will not go into details here, but lets just say there were moments of retching in between scrubbing, scraping and disinfecting, and some scrubbing, scraping and disinfecting in between retching. I got rid of so much clutter, sterilized everything, and now look at it:

Ahhh! order is restored again, and what is that, some empty shelf space? unheard of.
I  learned a gruesome lesson here, one I never want to repeat...ever.

Now here is another tragic tale, I mean wing.
I found this dismembered Swallowtail wing on my pathway.
Perhaps this predator was the perpetrator:?
The "Jaws" ahem, of an agave beginning to open. The blood stained teeth, color and skin texture look like a great white.

"Everyone out! Get out  now! Out of the cactus bed".

Here is a happier Swallowtail with two wings,
I caught this on my one satsuma orange tree,
really it just has one satsuma. Zoom in on these!

The colors and markings are staggering, it looks like cathedral organ pipes, or a stained glass window.

Here she is in her finest angelic glory, busy laying eggs in the citrus. If you look closely at the top picture, is that an egg? You can see a couple more eggs on the image on the right. I never realized Swallowtail eggs were that big.

Here is the young tree's only fruit of the year. The bark on this tree is also interesting.

On a furrier note
As close as I can tell this is a true brushfoot:
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

I caught this one loitering on the last of my coneflowers heads.

...and one final bird:
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne) ? 

This was the closest ID I could come up with -                  A fighter jet of the moth world.
the wing structure looks different though. Any ideas?

I snapped a few images of this guy (whoever he is) all around 
the yard in the last couple of weeks.

Copper Canyon Daisy Tagetes Lemmonii, a great companion
plant to other fall bloomers such as Mexican Bush Sage and
Fall Aster. Always a dependable bloomer, I like the way the blooms
contrast my containered burgundy Canna Lilly.

Fuzzy Mexican Bush Sage and a large (very busy) bumble. Also worth a zoom-in!

Feeding time!
Something has been feeding on my water lilies. Look at them!
Does anyone have any ideas?, we do have water snails
(that we did not introduce).

Seed head on a Damianita Chrysactinia Mexicana.

Amaranth seed head, a prolific self-seeder.

And to wrap-up, the other-worldly forms of a "baby toes" succulent.

Stay Tuned for:
"Dry as a Bone"

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( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 22nd, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
Your blog looks good and the photo of the Stained Glass Swallowtail is exquisite, ESP - guess that's what the "bug poop" caterpillar on my Meyer's Lemon should have turned into? (Haven't seen it lately.)

Your shed looks good now - thanks for not making it a stop on the garden tour! Have you seen MSS/Zanthan Gardens posts and twitter feed about dead raccoons in her garden? Wish we could smell Good and Evil Lori's roses, but shed-scent would not be a plus.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose
Nov. 22nd, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
Hi Annie, and thanks. I hope the font is a little more legible than the previous one. I have also reduced the amount of visible posts down to five. I hope this will load up a little faster than previously!

I had a couple of "bug poop" caterpillars on my mexican lime tree last year, but so far this year nothing. I fear the swallowtail pictured above and it's eggs (did you see them)? may be too late in the season?

I was relying on the fact that no-one on the garden tour would ask to take a look in the shed! Leah said: "Now why would they want to look in your shed, it is a shed". I had my doubts though, you can never rely on the naturally inquisitive mind of a gardener on tour...it could not be ruled out. I locked it and was prepared to lie.
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