Name: Cinda Indiana Zone 5a Truth is worth finding
I looked it up once and I think it was called a brown snake (go figure)
I was so surprised at how many different types of snakes there are that I have never seen.
Kelli, I too like the old road grader.
A friend once told me that when you travel west there are places you can still see the tracks where the covered wagons traveled. Seems like a long time for the land to heal.
Name: Cheryl Eastern Ky Truth should be everpresent.
I wish I could garden all year! Love the snake. We have a small one similar to that here but it's darker and has a red ring around it's neck. It's called a prairie ring neck snake. I'd like to have one as a pet but that wouldn't be much of a life for a wild creature. I am just about ready to release 2 rescued turtles and a salamander. I have had the turtles for 1 and 2 years and the salamander for 1 year. there is prime habitat here for both species so i know they will do well. I have enjoyed them but they deserve the wide open world to live in. Likely the end of the week i will release them. i will get pics and post them.
Name: Mary The dry side of Oregon Be yourself, you can be no one else
Yes, there are places where the wagon wheel ruts are still visable. I have walked along some of them and have ridden over many miles of the old Oregon Trail on my endurance rides. In other places, highways go along the same route.
Welcome to our chit chat area, Cinda. It is good to know you. Hope you will become a regular here.
Cajun, that is a good idea that you have for releasing the animals. It is nice that you have a safe place for them to go.
Mary, that blows my mind that those ruts are still there after so long a time. I would love to be able to see some of those. Speaking of wildlife. Here is a picture taken this afternoon of the tiny bunny in my fenced in garden area directly behind my house. I wish Mama Bunny wouldn't have her babies in our yard because I worry about the dog catching them. Hopefully she will take Baby Bunny some place safer some night when the dog isn't in the main yard or when the dog is in her own pen or under the house sleeping. The area where the bunny is living now was closed in by plain metal posts and wire last year when the dog was digging up all the plants trying to catch moles. It is a safe place for Baby Bunny but once he/she goes through the wire safety flies out the window.
Name: leaflady planet earth Love the sinner, hate the sin
I really enjoy seeing pictures of flowers in other parts of the nation. I tried to raise CA Poppies as annuals here but in our heavy soil they didn't do well.
I love baby bunnies to but like you, the dogs find them and that is the end of them. I've tried to raise some when mommy deserted them for some reason or the cat or dog had caught but not injured them too badly but they seldom survive long. Only one group of 6 or 7 did. I think having the whole litter made the difference. One day they just started dying for no apparent reason so I quickly took the rest of them out to the field and released them. They just don't like captivity.
I'm cleaning existing beds of dead stems from last year to make them look better and give more air for new plants. It can take me most of the day to get one or two beds done. I planted some of the iris I found and the soil is way to wet to do any tilling. I may try the raised bed but it isn't that raised so I doubt it will be much better.
Leaflady, do you live in Texas? I should know but have forgotten. I am busy cleaning out beds and trying to decide what beds to put plants in that I have collected for several years at plant swaps but never took out of pots. Do any of the rest of you do that? I have lots of daylilies, iris, and all sorts of other shrubs, small trees, etc. When someone offers me something I can't resist taking them even when I don't know where they will go. Luckily/unluckily I have some space this year because of moles and voles. The moles dig under things and you don't even know it until the plant has dried roots that don't recover. I lost three different colored butterfly bushes in the last two years because of them and almost lost two very old boxwoods.
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