Friday, August 5, 2016
A few months ago I was so excited because we had literally thousands of tadpoles in the pond. What the heck happened to them? I researched a little and found that they eat algae. Since Terry was putting algae killer in the pond, they may have starved to death.
Then about a week ago I saw about 10 LARGE tadpoles. No legs yet. So back to Google. It takes about 3 months for tadpoles to develope legs. So that means if there ARE tadpoles left, I should see frogs any time now.
But look at THIS guy. He was on a rock. I was pretty sure he wasn't one of my tadpoles. My fish girl says these are Tree Frog babies and I have hundreds of them hopping around, but mostly hiding under the deck, I think. I love my little frogs and look for them daily.
Oh look at my friend!! Do you think that HE thinks that he is a turtle? I just love this frog. I have tried to watch to see how he gets under that shell. I just have to know if he backs in or WHAT!! The other day there was a smaller frog and a baby frog out there, but I have not seen them again. And there have been no frog serenades at night. I wonder if they remain quiet when it's hot. I haven't even heard any croaking in the day. I miss their conversations.
The viney bush growing next to the Chief is a Trumpet Vine. I have seen other Trumpet Vines in the area that are blooming like crazy. Right now mine only has a little blooming cluster near the bottom. My Rose of Sharon have just started blooming also. I always remember that mine bloom in August, but I have seen others around the neighborhood blooming like crazy already. I love Rose of Sharon and fight to keep them every year because the multiply like crazy and Terry hates them. I don't know why he thinks he has any control over what plants we have around this house, lol. The ground cover that I planted in the rocks are spreading nicely but I am continually washing away spider webs. I saw a couple of those Tree Frog babies caught in the webs so I have made it a daily ritual. Plus, we have not had rain so the plants need to be watered.
We still have some of the boards that my BIL disposed of when he put in a new deck. Terry has made a boardwalk out to the deck that has the table on it. He has also added a wood deck under the swing. I think his next project will be to build a boardwalk where the patio blocks are. We also have a picnic table that is not shown here that Terry uses as a catchall for his tools when he is working. I think I'll move those patio blocks under it. Keeping the picnic table in the pond area was my concession when we put a glass table on the deck. Terry never saw a table that doesn't deserve to hold a tool, lol.
We have not been working outside in the past week or so. The temps have been in the high 80s and low 90s with the humidity at about 1000%. It's not healthy for Terry to be out there. I suffered heat exhaustion a few years ago and have not done well in this kind of heat ever since.