There hasn’t been much time for gardening or blogging recently, but I stole a few hours this weekend to rescue and transplant trilliums, rejuvenate a container, and simply enjoy the spring garden.
Friday provided a quick look at one of the resident red-shouldered hawks that live along the Reedy River. I barely managed to grab my camera for a handful of photos before it saw me at the window and leapt from its perch in a black walnut tree.
Though similar, this bird of prey is smaller than the red-tailed hawk and is easy to identify by its black tail with narrow white bands.
On Saturday, while moving Sweet Betsy trilliums (T. cuneatum) from a soon-to-be utilized city easement at the bottom of our property, I came across a small worm snake (Carphophis ameonus) in the leaf litter. It was tiny, but not shy about its displeasure, which it expressed with non-stop writhing and, once, by biting my glove.
I see these little snakes, which grow just a foot in length, in the garden quite often and they always make me smile. I’m a bit worried I haven’t seen any black snakes yet, but perhaps it’s still a bit early.
Most of the trilliums were moved with as much soil around their roots as possible, but I shook these free so you could get a look at their rhizomes. The smaller, which lost its foliage in digging, was positioned against the larger plant.
Later, while pulling violas from a container, I unearthed a sleeping five-lined skink (Plestiodon fasciatus). This quick-footed creature is impossible to catch when fully awake, so I was lucky to hold it for a photo. Minutes later I saw it had already found a friend and was cavorting in the rock wall, so no harm done.
Finally, here a few favorite blooms to brighten your day. I hope you’re enjoying a spring as beautiful as the one we are having here!