Beaver in the Bluebonnets

Imagine our delight when we spotted the elusive wild beaver in a bluebonnet patch! I was able to capture a few shots before he scuttled off back to to the creek.

I can tell this beaver is loved by his family because his fur is matted. Also, he is slightly floppy despite being recently re-stuffed with good quality poly-fill. That’s a sure sign of love!

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Minnesota flowers

These are some pictures from flowers in Rochester, Minnesota. I took them at the beginning of last month. I was looking at these flowers with some wistful tears. This Texas summer has been really hard on my plants. My favorite rose bush is dying. *tragic*

So, I will think about these flowers instead of my rose bush and her unsightly experience with the throes of death. ImageImageImage

The Carnivorous Pitcher Plants of the Big Thicket Preserve

Beaker, Beaker; Peeker, peeker.
Beaker, Beaker; Peeker, peeker.

I spent Mothers’ Day weekend in Newton, Texas. That was my present! I’d been planning the trip for months, ever since I saw that the Big Thicket National Preserve has carnivorous plants. If you have ever spent any time in east Texas, you’d be overjoyed at the notion of plants that kill insect pests. When I saw a swamp full of bug-eating plants, I wondered why the heck those plants weren’t encouraged to expand their territory. Kill!!!

Field of feeders.
Field of feeders.

You have to understand, the Big Thicket is quiet…except for the eery buzzing of what must be mega-millions of biting insects. Or stinging ones. The bog of pitcher plants was pleasantly quiet, silent screams of the dying bugs aside.

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Today in the Garden (sheet mulch success!)

For the past few months, I’ve been following the instructions for sheet mulching set forth in a gardening book called Gaia’s Garden. The multi-layered mulch has successfully covered the weedy, poor soil. What’s even better is that squash has sprouted from the mulch. The squash will assist with the development of the soil.

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