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Archive for August 3rd, 2012

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Misty Morning

Here’s the garden on a misty, moisty morning one day this week. We finally had a small amount of rain, with scattered showers passing through. In spite of the dry season, the daylilies have put on a good show this summer. A few of the plants showed signs of stress, producing smaller and fewer blooms than usual. But many weren’t deterred by the drought at all.

Scarlet Pansy Aug 2/ 12

Scarlet Pansy

Scarlet Pansy has been like a certain battery-powered bunny. It has just kept blooming and blooming and blooming its gorgeous, glowing flowers that catch your eye and beckon to you from across the garden.

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Notify Ground Crew

Some of the tallest daylilies are late-season bloomers, taking longer to reach their full height. Here is Notify Ground Crew, showing off its trumpet-like flowers atop 5 foot tall scapes. It is a little below its registered height of 72 inches, perhaps due to the lack of rain.

Sears Tower Aug 1/ 12

Sears Tower

And here is Sears Tower. It is similarly registered at 72 inches but is blooming on 5 foot scapes this summer as well. Its flowers are a bit more showy than those of Notify Ground Crew.

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Autumn Minaret

Autumn Minaret, an old Stout introduction registered in 1951, produces a bouquet of petite flowers every day. It has reached close to 6 feet this year, the tallest daylily in the garden.

Priscilla's Dream Aug 1/ 12

Priscilla’s Dream

Sadly, the daylily season is winding down for another year. Here are some of the daylilies that were showing off this week.

Eloquent Silence Aug 1/ 12

Eloquent Silence

Laura Harwood Aug 1/ 12

Laura Harwood

Dragon Dreams Aug 1/ 12

Dragon Dreams

Give Me Eight Aug 1/ 12

Give Me Eight

Tigerling Aug 1/ 12

Tigerling

Nile Plum Aug 1/ 12

Nile Plum

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By August, our small, decorative garden pond is looking lush. I purchased a single water hyacinth and one lone water lettuce plant in the spring, and by now these prolific multipliers have covered the surface of the pond. They provide good cover for the frogs that take up residence in the pond for the summer months.

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The pond attracts young Bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana) and Green frogs (Rana clamitans melanota). With a casual glance, it is easy to miss the well-disguised pond residents, but a more lingering examination of the water surface will usually reveal a few amphibians warily watching the watcher.

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Green frogs and Bullfrogs are similar, but the green on the Bullfrog’s face is broader and shades into his body colour, while the bright green on the Green Frog’s face more closely resembles a moustache. Also, you can easily see the distinctive line formed by the dorsolateral fold running along the upper side of the Green Frog.

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The frogs can be spotted sitting on the log that is partly submerged in the pond, or seated on the rocks encircling the edge of the pond. Smaller frogs rest on the water lettuce leaves.

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Others are camouflaged floating amongst the leaves.

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Hey! That’s not a frog, that’s a toad! An American Toad, Bufo americanus, to be more precise.

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Though I often come across toads in the garden, it is unusual to see one by the pond. This fellow has obviously been swimming. Perhaps the drought we have been experiencing has made him seek out moisture.

Here’s another visitor doing some frogspotting. He has frog legs in mind for dinner.

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