Showing posts with label Wildlife. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wildlife. Show all posts

Monday, August 27, 2012

Royalty in the Garden

Everyone knows and loves the Monarch butterflies, and when meeting their needs with planting milkweed and nectar plants they aren't a rare sight in the garden. But the Queen (and the Viceroy) are not so often seen, so when they visit Myrtle Glen, it sure is a royal event!

A few weeks ago I noticed two Queen caterpillars on the yellow milkweed. Queen's caterpillars are similar to Monarch caterpillars but they have three pairs of filaments, these feeler-like extensions are sensitive to touch and sonic vibrations.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Good Morning...

... the sun is shining after last night's rain, the air is steaming just like in a green house... I am sure that is why this froggie sitting in an orchid pot looks so happy :-)

Monday, August 13, 2012


Summertime is not just the best time for human youngsters, but also for youngsters of the feathered kind, or the ones with scales and shells, and of course the shedding ones.

Tread careful and light-footed so not to harm the little ones, and avert your eyes so not to scare them. I want for the kids to have a wonderful summer with food in abundance to grow up in peace and to get strong and smart before the winter months.

How tiny! I am pretty sure those are young Mollies.I had bought 5 (white and marble colored) and was told they will multiply like crazy.  They will have to learn all the good hiding places since I am sure the Leopard Frogs and the turtle will keep their number in check.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

And the Invasion can begin...

After nine long years of no squirrels, I finally have a squirrel pair living in Myrtle Glen. For several weeks there was only the squirrely-girlie watching me, following me along in the myrtle branches while I  did my garden walks and I was waiting every day to see another.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sunday Morning in Myrtle Glen

As I do every morning, I fill up the feeders with black sunflower seeds, cracked corn, etc. I watch our squirrel happily run off with a whole peanut.  The Cardinals seem to have waited already for their breakfast of black sunflower seeds, and the Mockingbirds are picking the ripe seeds off the Lantana trees.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Feeling Pondtastic :-)

Fortuna, the Goddess of Fate took pity upon me,  a Special Sale was sent via Email newsletter from Pondtastic Water Gardens:  Buy one Koi get the second one free  :-)

We decided to get two small regular Koi, since we already have Butterflies Fred and Gator.  And as beautiful Butterfly Koi are,  the 'regular' Koi are just so classic, imo.

Here they are, still in the bag but sitting in the pond for a few minutes, a Golden and a Calico.

All I need now are names for them. Suggestions are welcome, help me name them please!!

Theresa from Pondtastic Water Gardens here in Orlando was so very helpful, patiently AND passionately answering a bunch of our questions. I felt guilty taking up so much of her time.  I am much Koi-wiser now!  ...  I now want an even bigger pond ;-)

names, names, names,..... I need ideas.....

Friday, June 15, 2012

Playing Ball

Just thought I show some pictures of Sam enjoying the back yard. During summer he does not stay out very long, it is just too hot, but he loves playing with is favorite red ball.

What are you waiting for, just throw the ball

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Butterfly Time

It is getting close to lunchtime, the air is still, the sun is burning down, the birds nap on the Crepe Myrtle branches, not even the crickets sing...  the Garden is waiting for the afternoon thunderstorm... but wait, not everything is holding siesta. It is Butterfly Time in Myrtle Glen....

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Myrtle Glen's very own Squirrel :-)

Our first resident Squirrel :)

This little guy hops along with me  in the Crepe Myrtles while I am on my morning garden walks, curiously checking me out, close, but always at a safe distance.  Of course we bought Squirrel Mix to add to the feeder house, which was readily accepted. At night, our furry resident sleeps in a large palm.

I am aware squirrels are destructive garden 'helpers' but this is wildlife and they were here first. I am sure we will get along just fine.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Florida State Butterfly - Zebra Longwing

One morning on my daily garden walk, I see them. Beautiful caterpillars, snow-white with black dots and orange feet. They are munching on my Passiflora Incense vine

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Gray Catbird

The Gray Catbirds are migrating north and some are taking a break in  Myrtle Glen, I see them hoping in the Crepe Myrtle branches and digging through the seeds in the feeder.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Why do butterflies have two sets of wings?

It's not to fly higher or faster, according to Smithsonian magazine (January 2009). The hindwings appear to be crucial to a butterfly's ability to be agile in the air and to turn quickly - presumably to avoid predators like hungry birds.

Black Swallowtail, just hatched

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Loquat Thief

Yumm, I love my loquat fruits, but so do the critters.  And don't get me wrong, I do share with all of them :)

Snapped a picture of this black bird (a Grackle?) enjoying a Loquat fruit for breakfast:

A honking car startled the bird to fly off, but not without taking the fruit along.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fred and Gator - New Residents

Yes, Myrtle Glen has two new permanent residents, Fred and Gator, they are beautiful Butterfly Koi.

So here is Fred:

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


A pair of doves can produce up to five or six broods a year!

Generally, the female lays 2 eggs.
The nest is never left unattended; one parent sits on the nest from mid-morning until late
afternoon, then the other parent takes over for the night.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

First Hummingbird of the year

Yeah! This morning, while enjoying breakfast on the back porch, I noticed a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on miniature red Powderpuff

It is the time of year, around 1st of March, that the males show up in my area to check out the territories.

In a few weeks the females will be here as well. By then the males will fly their loopings in the sky to attract and show off their flying skills to the girls :)