Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My Yard in Early Fall 2013

I've been seeing quite a few critters around my yard here in North Texas lately so I thought I would share pictures of them.  I also have a few things blooming now that the temperatures are falling to the low to mid 90's. 

First up is a Mediterranean Gecko.  See link for more information.  We definitely want to keep these guys around for pest control.  We found a lot newly hatched ones.

I saw another one that is older - the color is definitely coming in.

We see a lot of these Geckos at night on our windows.  Although this picture is not the best - you can see the small suction cups on the bottom of their feet that allow them to defy gravity!

We have tons of Mockingbirds this year.  I love all their songs - to me it makes the backyard seem alive.

Mockingbirds love to squabble!

He's singing his heart out!

Let the record show with this post that I saw my FIRST black capped chickadee today in my yard - we have lived here for 11 years.  The pictures are not perfect, but I'm posting them anyway.

He took off in a flash.

I found a new kind of solitary wasp in the garden.  I cannot identify it so if you have a clue - please let me know.  It digs a hole in the loamy garden soil similar to a Cicada Killer.  

It has pretty blue iridescent wings and flashy red legs.

We have also had a lot of paper wasps.  I found this HUGE nest in a Japanese Black Pine Tree.

We have been in drought conditions around here.  To document how bad it got in my backyard, I'm sharing a picture of the cracks below along with my size 7 foot.

We have had close to 3" of rain recently breaking our drought.  That has caused my Salvia Greggii to go into full bloom - before the rain it looked terrible.  Flame Acanthus is in the background.

The Turk's Cap is also in full bloom because of recent rains.


The rose hips need to be picked and used for brewing tea to add Vitamin C.  Here is a link to a good blog post regarding their use.

My Althea also continues to bloom although the leaves are starting to look ratty.

A fall rose bloom.

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