We are in for a scorcher today, with temperatures in the 30’s for us. This will be followed by cooler weather, thank goodness! The heat is of course accompanied by the almost deafening sounds of cicadas, as waves of sound move from back to the front garden.
Last week I showed photos of the empty cicada nymph exoskeletons that I had discovered on the citrus trees. Unbeknown to me, another blogger Carol, at ‘Letting Nature Back In’ also posted an article on cicadas last week! Now if you have ever wondered what the adult cicadas look like, then lovely clear and detailed photos provided by Carol will amaze you! View here Singing cicadas seen at last – letting nature back in and a previous post on the Cicada exoskeletons by Carol here Skeletons in the garden Pt 1: Terracotta cicadas – letting nature back in .
A couple of weeks ago I showed a raggedy Specks going through a moult. She is just regaining her mojo. She might have suffered a further set back last Saturday night if I had been anywhere else but in front of the computer admiring other SoS’s gardens! I heard two very loud bangs outside, and on investigation discovered a small carpet snake (who’s eyes were way bigger than it’s stomach!) with a mouth full of feathers! I reached in and lifted Specks to safety, and we left the door to the cage open so that the snake could wander off. So much for a snake-proof cage! Mr S has since sealed up the air holes at the top where we assume this little snake got in. Specks has recovered from the shock of nearly being eaten, and is back to being her usual self.
Our garden has suddenly come alive with purple colour thanks to the summer flowering Tibouchina trees that are along the northern boundary of our garden. Only two trees are flowering but the colour impact is enormous, especially in our small garden! The third tree is covered in buds and I’m looking forward to seeing these buds open as the flowers are a more intense colour.
During the past week butterflies have been stopping in our garden to sip water.
The Grevillea Formosa x Grevillea ‘Honey Gem’ ‘Golden Lyre’ has started flowering and is looking magnificent! I planted out this plant last year, and it has established nicely into a loosely spreading shrub of around 1.5 metres.
Don’t you love surprises? I had a very pleasant surprise when I spotted this Gladiolus flowering in the top border! I has just appeared out of nowhere. What a lovely salmon colour it is!
It is time to head on over to The Propagator blog to find out what is happening in the gardens around the globe. Hope you have a good gardening week, and a happy Valentine’s Day for tomorrow!