The courtyard garden is finally getting a deep and drenching rain! The rainy season has arrived, which means mosquitoes, treefrogs to eat the mosquitoes, snakes to eat the treefrogs, and paranoid homeowners to kill the harmless snakes. Ahh, nature.
The narrow trench that I dug along the border last year (to neaten up the border and keep the grass out) has become a temporary stream in storms and has been eroding in each rain. This might seem like a lousy situation for anyone who doesn't garden by a swamp, but its great for me because the garden closest to the house would get a little too soggy in previous years. Although I've found some great flood tolerant plants for the lower garden, it would be a bit limiting for me to exclude the vast majority of plants that hate "wet feet".
I love "Panda" to death, but he really loves to trample over anything not exceeding his fluffy belly just so he can water the unsuspecting victims with a heavy dose of a yellow chemical cocktail. He's almost done killing the "evergreen giant" liriope and he's even gone no. 2 in my bromeliads, rotting them before I even arrive to the scene of the crime. He was trained as a puppy to go in the woods, but lately the gardens gotten to be a more convenient extension of the original woods. I don't live there anymore, so I can't effectively train him either. Fortunately for me, the trench I mentioned earlier that borders the garden will get deeper and fill up with water when we get floods, forcing Panda to leave his... stomping grounds.
Don't be fooled by his innocent demeanor, he's a killer!
Earlier I posted some photos of my blood lily, but here's another one just for giggles. To answer Ami's question in the previous post, the whole flowerspike is about a foot and a half tall, though this one leans a bit towards the light so it looks shorter. Oh, and Noel, African Aussie and Danger Garden might want to check out my contest post...