November 25, 2014

Photogenic Coneflower

Photogenic Coneflower

Spy Garden 11.25.14

Spy Garden 11.25.14

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus still hanging on. Still have plans to dig it up.

The eucalyptus is still hanging on. Still have plans to dig it up.

Soggy, frozen, wrinkly pumpkin

Soggy, frozen, wrinkly pumpkin

Tree Marigold still photogenic long after blooming

Tree Marigold still photogenic long after blooming

Coneflower

Coneflower

Parsley still quite green and perky despite the cold

Parsley still quite green and perky despite the cold

Wisps of a lemon cucumber wine

Wisps of a lemon cucumber wine

Snowman's Noses Carrot Patch

Snowman’s Noses Carrot Patch

I like to leave some carrots in the ground through winter to dig up for snowman’s noses. You can see in the above picture where the carrot greens have been gnawed off by deer. The deer fence has a large opening that we have not repaired yet, so they are sneaking in and taking what they can get (which at this point is not much!)

Coneflower

Coneflower

Russian Red (also called Ragged Jack) Kale

Russian Red (also called Ragged Jack) Kale

A fallen and forgotten tomato

A fallen and forgotten tomato

And who do we have here?!

And who do we have here?!

He was moving very slowly (cold blood!) so it was easy to catch him and bring him inside for a closer look (and photoshoot of course haha) before releasing him.

Baby trying to sneak a touch

Baby trying to sneak a touch

Having a look

Having a look

 

Spotted Salamander; the spots look painted on!

Spotted Salamander; the spots look painted on!

12 thoughts on “November 25, 2014

  1. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening!

    How do you have parsley? When I grow it the swallowtail caterpillars find it and eat pretty much every leaf!

    Also, I am jealous of your salamander. I haven’t seen one in person since I was a child, and have a special fascination with all amphibians and reptiles. Another reason to move out to the country I guess… :)

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      The swallowtail caterpillars preferred the carrot greens and dill and left the parsley alone this year! The salamander was a special sight! We have lots of skinks and snakes but have only seen one other salamander several years ago. Reason #755 to move to the country! ;)

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  2. narf77

    A newt! I have never, in all of my life, seen a newt :). I doubt that they even exist here in Tasmania. Your specimen is magnificent and it certainly looks like he got a real showbiz moment right there. How many fellow newts would be able to say that he had the spotlight of not only 8 people (and made it onto the kitchen table) but the chance to be viewed by people in far and most furthest flung Tasmania on the other side of the world eh? “World famous newt!” This blog has it all :)

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  3. Eliza Waters

    What an exciting find – they are special creatures. Lovely dormancy pix, so autumnal. With the yo-yo weather, we bounce between autumn and winter. But we know who’ll win out in the end. ;-)
    Enjoy your holiday! Is that your parents in the photo? So nice to have everyone together for the feast!

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      It is the second salamander we’ve seen near our woodpile; and I believe the first one we saw a few years ago was a juvenile of this type (maybe it was the same one!) Yes, those are my parents;)

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      1. Eliza Waters

        Didn’t know if you know this so I’ll pass it on…I got it from http://www.caudata.org.
        “Re: Effects of handling a amphibian with bare hands?
        The ideal is to not touch them at all. Picking them up with a container of some sort is preferable. The oils in our hands, residue from soaps/creams, etc are a potential danger for their permeable skin, not to mention the fact that our body temperature is lethal to them so prolonged exposure to body heat can result in death (not usually a problem if you are dipping your hands in cold water, but something to definitely consider).
        Latex gloves should be avoided and powdered ones are a definite NO since they cause mortality.

        If you must handle an amphibian you need to make sure your hands are thoroughly rinsed, wet and that you minimize the surface and the time of contact. But really, no contact is definitely preferable.”

        One case where looking is better than touching. Sorry, Baby! <3

      2. Spy Garden Post author

        Thanks for sharing! We picked him up with some leather work gloves and put him on a sheet of cardstock (white background for photos hahah) and only for a couple minutes. And yes we didn’t let baby touch!!

  4. Benjamin

    Lovely pics! My daughter and I just finished digging up the rest of our carrots (still in good shape despite being buried under 6 inches of snow last week.) Wish I’d thought to leave a couple for snowman like you! ;-)

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