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    Looks like Hunter has a Dragon Fly; how in the world did he catch it. They are so fast.

    If we have love bugs, they aren't in any great numbers. I did an internet search and see that they are a nuisance splattering on windshields in large numbers and that they can damage the paint on a car.
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    Ann, Were you ever able to get seed from that butterfly weed.? I would love to hve some. I have the orange growing wild and white (thanks to Cathy) and the pink that I will send you. Would like to add another weed to my collection.
    tennessee sue

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    Cathy,

    When you sneak up on the snapdragons, they can be caught quite easily. But they have to be resting on a leaf or something.

    What they say about the love bugs is true down here. They can be and are quite a nuisance at times because they get so thick. They get so thick that you have to be careful breathing in, YUK!

    Sue,

    I have some red butterfly weed seeds. How many would you like to have?
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    My Heart is POUNDING!!!

    I suppose you could call it a garden critter, but I thought it was a toy.

    You have to know Hunter. He decorates everything with his toys. I was in the master bathroom and saw a gray toy snake, or at least at first, I thought it was a toy. I smiled, thinking "Hunter is up to it again!"

    Then I realized that it looked to real and I touched the towel it was on. It fell to the floor! It was REAL! I say WAS because I don't care if it is poisonous or not. In the 25 years that I have lived in the house, I have never had a snake in it.

    So where were the cats? Simba? Buddy?" Sniper (Baby)? Go figure! I wouldn't expected Taco, the chihuahua to catch the critter, but...

    Horrors! I will have nightmares tonight!
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    EWWWWWW !!!!
    Did Taco get it ?
    That would oog me out BIG TIME ! And I would be be wearing shoes or slippers and shaking out all the towels and bedspreads before using.
    I am that way with the Brown Recluses and we have more than I care to have. If I see them, I'll kill them. The last one I killed was on the ceiling in the wee hours of the morning when hubby turned on the bedroom light for some reason. I use the end of the wring mop to nail the spiders when they are on ceilings or high up on walls. I hate them. And I also shake out anything that has been folded up in a corner cause they like to hide in dark places.
    Back to snakes. Mom, in Florida, has had them twice come up into the toilet and shower drain.
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    Taco never noticed. None of them even noticed the critter.

    I can't imagine how he got in here. Actually, I think it was brought inside with a bag of dirty clothes from Dauphin Island, but no one will admit to that!

    Let's hope that is the case because I simply cannot imagine the critter getting inside any other way without the cats or Taco noticing it.

    I still get the shivers thinking about it. Arggggg!
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    How on earth would the snakes get in her shower drain or toilet???
    Are they living in the sewers??? Weird.
    Happy Growing,
    Vicki in West. Mich.

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    Vicki,

    I once heard the story about baby alligators (bought as pets) were flushed into the sewer system. I think it was New York, but I don't remember exactly. They lived and thrived.

    We have some mighty big gators in our delta and rivers, so that thought really brings horrors.

    Fortunately, I was too tired to know whether I had nightmares last night.

    I am thankful to be on a septic system. I rather doubt they would survive for long in there.
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    Hummingbird Moth

    I spent a whole weekend chasing around after the hummingbird moths who were dining on my Beebalm. Here is the best photo that I got. They are sooo fast.
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    Fantastic photo Deb. They are beautiful aren't they? The hummers really like the bee balm too. Thanks for being so persistant to get that photo.
    tennessee sue

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    Aren't they FUN!

    Thanks to Tom for telling me about these cute little hummingbird moths!

    I know that I saw them before, but this year, I seem to have more different varieties than I have ever seen. And it is fascinating to watch them hovering and feeding on the flowers.

    Now that I know what flowers that they like, I should really plant more of them, huh?

    Great Picture!
    Ann B.
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    How neat ! I was lucky enough to see an actual hummingbird about a week ago. They are really neat. It was green but went away when two sparrows decided to check out the hummingbird feeder--that was funny to watch !
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    Sphinx Moth

    I ran across this great photo of a Sphinx moth on Buggycrazy's (Lisa Hunt)website. It's easy to see why they get confused with Hummingbird's. Although, Sphinx moths, unlike Hummers, seem most active at dusk.
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    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    Aren't they beautiful? I have tried and tried to get more pictures, but they are so busy, busy, busy, that it is hard to catch them!

    Thanks for sharing?

    Can you give us a link to Lisa's website?
    Ann B.
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    This is the link to Lisa's website. She is the queen of lily bulbs ! She hybridizes them too;check out the lily seeds.
    http://buggycrazy.vstore.ca/

    Isn't this one gorgeous: Glorisoides...
    http://buggycrazy.vstore.ca/product_...soides-x-album

    I just placed an order and am getting:
    INTERDIVISIONAL WHITE/ORANGE CENTER
    TROPICAL ISLE OP
    EL FLAME, OP
    MINT FUDGE X GOLD MEDAL SEEDLING X MIXED 4n
    LADY ANNE X EMERALD ANGEL
    AFRICAN QUEEN OPEN POLLINATED
    GLORIOSOIDES X ALBUM
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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