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Wildlife and Scenery May 25, 2013
4 years ago

Be sure and go back to see some marvelous photos if you didn't get the chance before I closed it!  Again I really hate to close a thread cause there are always some wonderful things to read and see.  Here is the link to the previous thread,

 

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=47&pst=1734695

 

Sugar

4 years ago

Sugar, thanks for the new thread.

 

Lynn, awesome photographs.

 

Laura and Sally, great to see you here.

 

Anonymous
Wildlife and scenery
4 years ago

Great to see you too, Darla.

4 years ago

Thank you sugar for the new thread. Nice seeing you as well Darla. Here is a picture I took today of my hibiscus in bloom in a pot. I just love the color of it.

Hibiscus

4 years ago

Sally what a beautiful hibiscus!  I didn't know they came in different colors.  I always thought they were just red.  I love it.  It looks like it just opened!  The petals remind me of butterfly wings.

 

Sugar

4 years ago

Sally, what a gorgeous hibiscus! I agree with Sugar, the petals remind me of butterfly wings too.

 

Laura, thank you. Great to have you dropping in here.

 

Sugar, great to see you here.

 

Anonymous
Wildlife and scenery
4 years ago

Wow, what a wonderful hibiscus. So colorful.

4 years ago

There's nothing like a beautiful full moon in my opinion! Here's an image I found....

 

4 years ago

BEAUTIFUL hibiscus, Sally!!


I agree, Darla.  A full moon IS beautiful.  And don't you love to see the moonlight shimmering and dancing on the surface of water? 


4 years ago

Sally, your hibiscus is gorgeous, I love the color. I use to have one that was pink and white and my tortoises use to love eating them. I would enjoy the flower and when the flower stated to die I would give them to my tortoises. They eat them in the wild so I knew it was ok.

Darla, great picture of the moon.

Anonymous
Wildlife and scenery
4 years ago

What a beautiful moon! Thanks for sharing, Darla.

4 years ago

Darla~ Beautiful moon image there. I heard we were suppose to view the moon that will be full and really big this past Friday but we had a cloudy night and rain so wasn't able to view it. Sigh.

Thanks everyone for the nice comments on my hibiscus. Yes, it was just blooming and the petals do look like butterfly wings. They do come in many different colors and sometimes even  double petaled.

4 years ago

Cloudy and rain.  That's the norm here any more.  Last night Chewy, Mouse and I sat outside until 11 o'clock and never saw a star or the moon.  Just dense clouds and then softer clouds moving at a closer level to our earth.  But it was nice anyway.  So thanks Darla for the picture of the moon.  At least I know what one looks like now!  Beautiful!

 

Sugar

 

 

Anonymous
Wildlife and scenery
4 years ago

You're welcome, Sally. I love flowers.

4 years ago

Thanks everyone for the comments on the full moon image I found.

 

Betty, yes, it is great to see th emoon reflected upon water. I used to live on the coast of Texas and saw the moon reflected upon the ocean a time or two. Simply beautiful.

 

Michela, how cool that your tortoise ate flowers!

 

Laura, you're welcome. Glad you liked  the moon I found.

 

Sally, I'm sorry it was too cloudy to see th emoon. We had clouds and rain too on Friday night so no moon for us to see either. You're welcome for the comment on your hibiscus.

 

Sugar, how nice that y'all sat outside and enjoyed the night. Your comment about knowing what a moon looked like now was just too funny!

 

Anonymous
Wildlife and scenery
4 years ago

Where did you find that picture, Darla?

4 years ago

I was out this afternoon in my yard and found out my orange orchids are in bloom. So I had to take a picture of them and share here.

orange orchids

4 years ago

Oh my Sally, what a beautiful orchid!  I can't imagine living where flowers like this grow.  Is that a fern behind it?  My tulip poplar is blooming right now, but the flowers are so high up I can't get one to take a picture of it.  It is yellowish with a darker orangy center.  A petal fell down and I almost took it's pic, but didn't.  My caltalpa tree's flowers are beginning to open.  They are white and my cherry tree is starting to drop cherries.  They are good.  They are too high for me to reach too and I have to wait until they fall.  The hurricane a few years ago dropped a great big sycamore on it and tore off all the low hanging branches.  This is the half of my Sycamore that came down with the winds.  The rest is still there and providing homes for squirrels and owls.  See how my outdoors is like a jungle!  I love it!!!!

 

 

tree 1.jpg

4 years ago

Sally, those are gorgeous orchids, I just love the colour, if they were in my yard I would have taken a pic of them too, thank-you.

Sugar, that Sycamore was huge, glad you left some of it for the animals, I would have done the same. Thanks for the pic.

4 years ago

Laura, I used the Bing search engine and typed in full moon clicked enter then clicked on "images" and it showed me several images of full moons.

 

Sally, what a gorgeous orchid! Your yard must be full of color.

 

Sugar, love the picture of the sycamore tree. It is huge. It's great that you left part of it there for the animals.  Sounds like you have some great plants. A cherry tree? How wonderful! Sorry you can't reach the brances and have to wait for them to fall. I love the pictures of your "jungle" and if I owned a place with property like that, I'd also let mine be as animal friendly as possible like you do.

 

Michela, great to see you here.

 

4 years ago

Darla is Bing better than google?

4 years ago

Picture of Papaver orientale. I have about 50 of these I first got them in 1976 from my grandmothers. there the old fashioned orential poppies.

Anonymous
Wildlife and scenery
4 years ago

I don't use Bing at all, but good for you, Darla.

4 years ago

Sugar~ I think I would love exploring your back yard. That sycamore tree is huge but glad it is providing homes for the squirrels and owls. Wish we had cherry trees here and apple trees. Those are some of the things that don't grow well here. Yes, the orchids are growing on a fern tree called a Hapu'u here. The fern tree has good fibrous bark that makes it good to stick a orchid plant in them and it will grow.

Sandi~ Those oriental poppies are so pretty. I tried growing some, did not work out for me. Could not get them to grow. I cleaned up the area where I buried my beloved cat, Nala a couple years ago. I want to put more dirt and plant some type of flowers there. Maybe I'll try snap dragons. Does anyone have any suggestions on easy growing flowers??

Darla~ I kind of like Bing and Google.  But prefer Google for the images to look up.

Hello to Michela and Laura.

4 years ago

That part of the tree that went is only one side of the sycamore tree.  It branched out into two main trunks.  I still have a half of it standing tall.  The base of the tree is so big that it would take at least 3 men to put their arms around it.  It is one of the things that sold me on this place.  There are sycamores so large in places and they are hollowed out by nature and several people can stand inside.  I have been inside of them at a park a few miles from here.  I think my tree was a baby when Indians lived here.  I like to think so anyway.

 

Sally you have so many wonderful fruits there that you don't need apples and cherries.  I would trade you for sure.  I put artificial flowers on my kitties graves and the ones that I find on the road.  It makes me so sad.  I can't bear to leave the wildlife and other people's cats in the road.  Some people will leave an animal close to their mailbox and leave it until it is just dust.  What kind of person is it that can go to their mailbox and seeing that poor thing there just leave it without burying it? 

 

Sandi I used to have the old fashioned poppies too and I wish I still had them.  They are self seeding.

 

Sugar

4 years ago

Sandi, I don't know if it's better as I've never used Google but I like Bing a lot. Love your old-fashioned oriental poppies.

 

Laura, thank you. Bing is all I use for a search engine.

 

Sally, if the area where you buried your  cat is shady, you could try impatiens. They're very easy to grow and come in a variety of colors. I used to have some that lasted for years 'til we had a really bad winter one year complete with ice. I haven't managed to replace them yet. I think it's cool that you grow orchids in a fern tree. Having never used Google I can't compare but have always been pleased with the images I get using Bing.

 

Sugar, wow, that tree is really impressive if it's just half of it! When we lived in our previous apartment we had a huge private back porch that was fenced in. Part of it was "paved" and the rest was dirt. I buried cats we lost and birds I found dead. If ever I would've found another animal I would've buried it too. Like you, I couldn't just leave an animal out like that. Heck, even now I bury the fish we have that die in some of my empty plant pots and where I poured out soil from the pots.

 

4 years ago

Sally do you want flowers that come up every year or annuals do you have all sun, shade or what. My cats are buried under where  those poppies are! they have a stone with their name and a statue. my favorite all time flower is  Asiatic lilies.

asiatic lilies
4 years ago

Lilium True Colors Asiatic Mixture

Anonymous
Wildlife and scenery
4 years ago

I use Firefox exclusively.

4 years ago

Hi Sugar~ Sounds like you have a good heart for animals as well. I would hate to see them not properly buried. My rotten neighbor next door had an old cat that was not so well already and ready to pass on. Her dog even attacked it and I chased the dog away. I told her why doesn't she take it to the vet already to put it down instead or at least give it comfort indoors and keep it safe and die peacefully. No, she did not even do that. When the poor cat died, I seen it and told her that she should bury it. She just put a tub over it and said she will get to it the next day. I couldn't believe how horrible she treated this cat even when it had passed on. It was like she had no care for it. Then why did she get more cats? I am so confused on this.

Darla~ Yes, the place where my Nala is buried is a partly shady area. Impatiens is a very good idea. Thank you. Yes, the orchids do good growing in the fern trees. Orchids are plants that like to attach themselves to things to grow on.

Sandi~ I love those Asiatic lilies! I may have to see where I can find some. I also have to clean up my little dog's grave as well. Putting some type of statue sounds like a good idea as well. Thank you for the tips guys.

Laura~ I have Firefox as well. Works good so far.

4 years ago

Sally I don't think I would like your neighbor.  That's all I will say about that.

 

I use creek stones for markers on my kitties.  For Sugar, Bo and Tinker I put pots of flowers on their stones.  For others I use fake flowers cause the deer would eat the real ones.  When and if I know my time is approaching I plan on removing the stones and allow them to be more safe from anyone who might be tempted to dig them up.  That thought really bothers me.  I worry about them even when they are gone.  They are all still precious to me, even the unfortunate strqnge furkids I find on the road.

 

I love the lillies.  I have a few volunteer ones.

 

Sugar

4 years ago

Sandi, love the asiatic lilies. Do you have any planted?

 

Laura, have never used Firefox. I just use what Ray puts on the computer.

 

Sally, I don't think I'd like your neighbor either. That is just cruel to treat a cat that way. You're welcome for the impatiens idea. They should grow very easily.

 

Sugar, creek stones is a great idea. I had stones marking all the animals I had buried at our previous place but I moved the stones when we moved. We had to move b'cuz th eplace sold and they were going to tear it down.

 

4 years ago

Beautiful pictures of flowers!! 

Life is so colourful isn't it??

4 years ago

1 each of 3 kindsAstilbe Darla Yes I have all kinds of lilies but the Asiatic are my favorite I have about 20 of them.  The picture is Astilbe  which I also have does well in the shade. I love flowers.

Anonymous
Wildlife and scenery
4 years ago

What browser do you use, Darla?

4 years ago

Sandi~ Those Astilbe looks really fluffy and gorgeous looking.

Yes, I agree with you Darla and Sugar. That is why I don't associate with the neighbor next door at all anymore. I've always known she was a wishy washy type of person but with the poor cat being treated that way, I didn't want to bother with her. She is one of those nosy, complaining, accusing everyone else but herself type of neighbor. When she couldn't find her cats one day she called and accused us of having something to do with that. And you know what, she found them later that very day. Did not even call to appologize to us. So it shows you what type of person she is.

Ok, I got a question here for the gardeners. My mint plants are being attacked by slugs. Do you guys have any tips on getting rid of them besides using slug bait from the store?

4 years ago

Angie, great to see you here. Life certainly is colorful.

 

Sandi, wow, you certainly have a lot of lilies. Do you keep Stripes out of them? The Astilbe is a beautiful flower.

 

Laura, I'm not sure as Ray sets that up. We use Windows 7 I think and MSN is our home page. Does that answer your questions?

 

Sally, your neighbor deserved to be turned in for animal cruelty for what she did to that older cat who's now dead and I assume she doesn't treat her current cats any better. How dare she accuse y'all of doing something with her cats! I'm glad you don't have anything to do with her. As for garden slugs, I typed in "how to get rid of slugs in garden" in my Bing search engine and several pretty good topics came up. The most popular was half buring a cup of beer or getting a jar and putting beer in it then setting it on its side next to your plants. The slugs are drawn to the beer and they drown in it. There was also throwing out your old coffee around the plants as the caffeine is a deterrant. Then there was putting corn meal in a bottle on its side next to your plants. The slugs go in the jar for th ecornmeal, eat it and die. You could also surround your plants {or your whole garden} with eggshells as slugs won't cross the eggshells.

 

Anonymous
Wildlife and scenery May 25th 20123: Cat lovers
4 years ago

Yes, that answers my questions, Darla. Thanks.

4 years ago

Sally, I think I read some where that you can use beer on slugs, my garden book says place beer in shallow pans or saucers they will drown. good luck. Darla Stripes has never bother any of my flowers(fingers crossed)

4 years ago

Thank you Darla and Sandi. Yes, I figured beer was the most popular bait to use but we don't have beer in the house here. I drink wine mostly from time to time. I was also wondering if yeast would do anything in attracting the slugs. I'm going to have to give that a try. But I love the tips that Darla came up with. I didn't know cornmeal would kill them. I'm going to have to give that a try. I do drink coffee so I will save the grounds to put around my mints.Thank you.

4 years ago

Any time we have a wet spring and summer I have slug problems.  Beer does work, I can vouch for that.  I think I heard that grapefruit halves help too.  I have so many slugs this year that they are even eating my marigolds.  I use marigolds to keep bugs away, but slugs don't care, they will just eat them up.  What's the reasoning behind cornmeal?  I always have cornmeal and I have quart jars.  I can do that.  Beer is in short supply around here.  I don't want to use any type of poison so cornmeal sounds good.  And I can start putting out the few coffee grounds I might have.  The last couple of years were quite dry and I didn't have a problem.  Now I am being attacked.  Salt sprinkled on them kills them.  My grandma used to put salt on them.  Of course salt is hard on the ground and plants.

Thanks for the cornmeal idea.

Sugar

 

4 years ago

Laura, great. I'm not the most computer savvy person and usually leave questions like that up to Ray to answer.

 

Sandi, glad she doesn't bother your flowers.

 

Sally, you're welcome. Glad I was able to give you some ideas. Remember to dump your extra coffee out too along with the grounds. For some reason the caffeine bothers slugs. Here's the link on the cornmeal method along with a few others ~

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Garden-Slugs

And here's the link about coffee {it's #5}. While it doesn't mention the grounds, I'm sure those work too ~

http://www.ehow.com/how_5080810_rid-garden-slugs-naturally.html

 

Sugar, yes, salt was mentioned as a way to kill them. Diatomaceous earth was also mentioned but it said not to use around edible plants or around pets. It can be bought at pool stores. I also read somewhere {don't know if it's in one of the links above or not} to use plants with red leaves as borders around your other plants. I don't know what the reasoning behind the cornmeal is as that wasn't mentioned. It just says that they eat it and die. Sorry you're under attack by slugs. Hope some of these tips help you too.

 

Anonymous
Wildlife and scenery May 25th 20123: Cat lovers
4 years ago

I'm not very computer savvy, either. We have a computer group called Ocala Mac Users Group that we go to, but we have so much stuff to do now that we haven't gone for a while.

4 years ago

Laura, two peas in a pod I guess.

 

Anonymous
Wildlife and scenery May 25th 20123: Cat lovers
4 years ago

We sure are, Darla.

4 years ago

I took a picture of this fern leaf by my fish pond. I thought it was interesting with the water droplet just sitting there as a perfect sphere.

 photo waterdrop003_zps656923bd.jpg

4 years ago

Amazing picture, Sally!! 


4 years ago

Laura, definitely!

 

Sally, awesome picture!!!!

 

Betty, great to see you here.

Wildlife and scenery May 25th 20123: Cat lovers
4 years ago

Lovely fern, Sally.

4 years ago

Laura, great to see you here.

 

I've started going to the pool again. On Wednesday I rescued 2 bees from the water. One dried off for a few minutes then flew off whille the other one crawled away after drying off. I don't know if it flew off when it was out of  sight or not. I certainly hope so. Today I went to get what I thought was a dead moth out of the water. It was a beautiful moth and I was saddened that it had drowned. However, once I got it in my hands and out of the water it just flew away! So, I'm glad I happened to be at the pool at that time so I could save that moth!

 

4 years ago

What a picture Sally!  I would like a picture of the entire plant if you get a chance.  The water drop makes the picture.

 

You know we are all a great bunch of people.  I also rescue bugs, snakes (even though I don't love snakes) spiders, anything that is in trouble.  It is a wonder I ever get the yard mowed.  The last time I mowed, there was a giant spider in front of the mower, so I stopped and even backed up a little so he could be safe.  Of course the dumb spider went the wrong way and I had to watch for him again and again.  At last he went to the right side where I had already mowed.  Bees are being wiped out so I really watch out for them.  They are the cutest little guys any way.  Like minature fuzzy teddy bears.  I'm sure lots of you remember that I used to be a bee keeper.  I only had 7 hives at the most.  I used to sit beside them and just observe them.

 

I hope it doesn't get too hot today.  I don't think it is supposed to.  It has been nice the last few days.  Take care everyone and happy picture taking!!!!

 

Sugar

4 years ago

Sugar, we are a great group. You did a wonderful job saving that spider! Imagine my surprise when that moth took off from my hand! I do remember that you used to be a beekeeper. They are cool little guys! Seven hives sounds like a good number. Glad it's been nice weather for you. We've been cloudy the past couple days. Not sure what today is going to be yet.

4 years ago

Well, I just found an injured bumble bee.  I don't know if it is old age and over worked wings or if a jay was getting ready to eat him.  The blue jay flew away when I rounded the corner.  I didn't know he was injured at first.  I think it is just his wing.  I don't think Mother Nature or I can fix it.  I left him where I found him.  Maybe he had been in a fight.  I have noticed these guys kind of fighting before.

 

Bumble Bee

 

Sugar

4 years ago

Yes, Sugar I do have to agree with you. We are a great bunch of people here. Trying to save even the smallest of insects. I like the honey bees myself. They help pollinate the garden and not to mention make honey. That is why I planted the heather plants to attract them. I remember you mentioning that you were a bee keeper. We do have a problem with these tiny microscopic beetle that is attacking our honey bees here. Bee keepers are worried about the invasion of these things. We need our bees, they are an important part of nature. I'll see about getting a pic of the fern plant. It really just grows in leaves only.

Darla~ so glad you were able to save those bees and the moth. Must've really surprised you that it got up and flew away.  You must've had the magic touch.

4 years ago

Sugar~ here is a pic of the fern plant. It just starts growing leaves from its furry stump if you can see it.

fern plant

4 years ago

That's a neat fern Sally!  Yes I can see the stump.  Some time I will send a pic of my Staghorn Fern.

 

Sugar

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