If you have been hearing a loud “WHOOT WHOOT!” in the atmosphere lately it is probably me because I HAVE POPPIES!!! ( or shoud l I say “poppy”)
After the lupines I figured it was just too much to ask the gardening gods to let me have a poppy or two, so even though I scattered seed AND started a flat that I planted out in spring I held out no hope to see any of them make it to blooming stage. One year they actually got big enough to tease me with all their dangly fuzzy buds, but just like every other time those were quickly eaten off by the rabbits . With plants that cost $$$ I am always willing to go the extra mile to protect them if necessary, but with anything from seed I sow and pray and hope maybe one day to have success.
The poppy that made it is unfortunately of unknown name. Erin and I went on a garden tour in Maine last year for the Garden Conservancy fundraiser and at one of the sign in tables the owners were handing out poppy seed heads. We managed to spill many all over the car on our way home and then again I spilled them all over the couch when I was seed organizing, but thankfully there are a million in each pod so I still had plenty to sow. They are just delightful and I am beyond thrilled to have them whoever they are.
Another first is a day lily cross that I had absolutely nothing to do with. It is dreadfully ugly. I guess I have reached the magic number of gardening years after which things start willy nilly procreating without my attention. Good for me.
The next first , and one that is just plain gross, is the first ever sighting here of a mole.
Last week Wil called out to me from the garage in that very special tone he uses that lets me know something is wrong/scary/broken or hurt and when I came to rescue him from the big bad whatever, he informed me that a large rodent had made it’s way into the garage and I needed to locate and evict it. From his description I was expecting a capyberra or another R.O.U.S , but alas I could not find it and then sort of forgot about it…….that is until I went out near the pool two days ago and saw what had once been a mole floating dead in the water. It was pretty small for what I was expecting , but really, those things are disgusting. The next day another had joined it’s sibling in the great mole hill beyond the sky, and it was then that it dawned on me that what Wil saw in the garage was probably the mama. I inquired about the R.O.U.S. and was told that yes, it may have been smaller than described, and yes it was moving slowly ( it appears the size and scary frantic activity related to me originally may have been embellished).
Mama mole is clearly not doing a good job in the mothering department. A suburban garage is not good mole raising habitat and especially not when it is adjacent to a very large chlorinated body of water. I have been searching around for tunnels but so far nada.
It is curious to me when a new critter arrives and I can’t help but wonder how in heaven’s name they found their way here. We have had those yucky yellow spotted salamanders even though they would most certainly dehydrate before they got to the nearest vernal pond . We have had foxes, of course rabbits, evil reptiles that shall remain unnamed, and every bug and bird known to exist in MA. We now have a pair of hawks that circle overhead hunting which is a little disconcerting for corgi dog owners…word to the hawks, I keep them well fed and thus they are too fat for you to fly off with…take note. I am patiently waiting for a bear and of all the things that have shown up here for a snack I am bewildered by the fact that a bear is not among them.Although my development abuts state forest and conservation land on all sides and there are year round bird feeders everywhere, the only bears seen in town are in the more populated areas that have smaller woods close by. Curious.
As for the rest of the visitors, I wonder who is sending out the message that this former desolate sand pit is now a dream vacation land with a 24 hour buffet? Really, it needs to stop.