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Hurtling Toward Summer — with Photos
Posted by piedmontgardener in Favorite Plants, Native Wildlife, piedmont gardening on June 12, 2015
If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you’ll see the bee’s back is covered in pollen. She is the reason my zucchini fruits are multiplying at an alarming rate. The honeybees are busy on all the flowers in my yard.
The honeybees like other colors of flowers too.
The bumble bees are less discriminating than the honeybees. They will tackle any flower.
The pink abelias vibrate dawn to dark with busy bumbles:
The Texas White Sage blossoms are frequent targets too:
The dahlias are popular with the pollinators, but I was a tad alarmed to see what else was enjoying one.
Finally today I saw a butterfly other than the few skippers that have stopped by.
Three days ago, I noticed that a number of the tadpoles in my little water feature had sprouted legs.
Yesterday morning just after dawn, I spotted the first two newly emerged froglets. They crawl out and sit on nearby vegetation growing around the water feature until they figure out their next move.
Judging by its feet, I’m guessing this is a tiny Copes Gray Treefrog. They sing lustily around the water feature on warm humid nights. But another species also sings there and lays its eggs, inserting its strongly nasal voice into the deeper chorus of the tree frogs. These are Eastern Narrowmouth Toads.
I’m not at all certain, but it’s possible that this is a newbie toad. Truthfully, I’m guessing.
Today five more newly metamorphosed frogs/toads were sitting on moist vegetation very early this morning. By the time the sunlight reaches their perches, they’ve moved into deeper shadows. The searing nearly summer sun is too much for their tender bodies. But they love the moist mornings. There’s a small mister in the pond that ultrasonically vibrates the liquid water into vapor that wafts around the pool on morning breezes, adding moisture to the leaves and delicate new frog bodies.
Everywhere in the yard and garden I see new life — tiny frogs, abundant fruits ripening in the vegetable garden, and baby birds everywhere.
Next time, I’ll show you how the vegetable garden is doing — assuming it doesn’t melt in this upcoming week’s heat wave. I spent two hours this morning watering everything in the hopes that I would coax some juicy rain clouds to empty on my yard this afternoon. Right now, though, the skies are not looking promising.
In the meantime, enjoy a shot of my evergreen kousa dogwood currently in full bloom. Every year it produces so many flowers that it’s difficult to spot the leaves.
Copes Gray Tree Frog, Eastern Narrowmouth Toad, pollinators at work, tadpole metamorphosis, Variegated Fritillary
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