Indeed, it would seem that just recently they made a hostile take-over bid for my yard........
|Tropical Storm Isaac Flooding - looking toward street from driveway|
|Let's Play "Pin the Tail Light On Where The Street Used to Be?"|
|Another View Of The Street|
|One Soggy Yard|
|Looking south on Pathway|
During the last few weeks of intense rain, combined with temperatures in the high 90s, the foliage simply exploded with growth.
And so, despite the heat, the bugs and the afternoon thunderstorms, I headed out there for some badly needed yard maintenance.
|Before - Looking South. Vine Cut Back.|
Photo on right taken at 11am. Photo below 3pm.
Landscape fabric installed. Mulch will follow.
|Afterwards - Looking South at 3pm|
Below left: 11am from opposite direction. What a jungle! I joked with my son that if the yard got any wilder I'd need a guide, a canoe, and a rifle to venture out there! Below right: 3pm. Bird bath resited.
|Before - Looking North, same pathway|
|Afterwards - Looking North - 3pm|
Below a close-up of the bird bath, which sits in a pot with a "running" bamboo. The photo on the right shows the base of the pot sitting on a large concrete stone. If it were not contained in this way, the running bamboo would take off across my yard, dashing hither and thither via its running (invasive) rhizome root system and pretty soon they'd be nothing in the yard except the bamboo (and the neighbors would just love me).
The horse's head is a remnant of a once great lamp base. I really enjoy this recycled "art" in my garden.
Below a little tree frog took shelter from the gales under the folded patio umbrella, along with its whole family it seemed.
And, as if I didn't have enough raucous frog chorus in the flooded yard, the little guy below decided to sit right outside our bedroom and serenade us.....all night.
And I could really do without a skink in the bathtub thank you very much...
Below - a Southeastern Five-Lined Skink.
Naturally, the abundance of frogs and toads, leaping around in the flooded yard captured the attention of another visitor....a very large Hawk.