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About to jump

August 15, 2013 Leave a comment
Launch pad for a cricket

Launch pad for a cricket

I know this cricket is about to jump because I saw it jump just after I took the photo.

It looks like it’s peering into the abyss, whereas in fact it landed on the next leaf.

Crickets are very vulnerable creatures; you sometimes see them with only one hind leg, leaping valiantly.

They drown almost immediately in the pool. If you rescue them in time, they tend to jump straight back in.

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Sheltered

September 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Summer might never end

The four o-clock flowers in the photo, taken just a couple of days ago, are enjoying late summer weather. They’re open because the morning shade is still covering them.

On the right side of the window

Today, the plants are being lashed by wind and rain. Their flowers are as tightly closed as if they were wilting, which they certainly aren’t.

Some time back I rescued a tiny four o’clock seedling when I was relocating a cactus, and on a whim I planted it in a pot and put it on the windowsill where it’s grown quite tall.

Today it was far more fortunate than its beefy siblings because it got to look out at the rain and wind from a nice warm room.

Kepler and the mouse

September 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Kepler with a mouse

Kepler is the perfect hunter.

He must have seen the mouse in the flowerbed at the top of  the wall at the same time as Clive and I did.

He made his unhurried way there, and after one deft move in the dwarf rosebush, he emerged with the little creature dangling from his jaw.

I had no intention of trying to rescue it because much as my instincts are for the victim, I’d rather mice were in Kepler’s mouth than in the bonnet of our car.

Skimming swallows

August 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Four little black dots – the swallows at rest

I was in the pool for an afternoon swim when I became aware of the swallows’ twitter becoming very loud.

Four of them were swirling round and coming in low over the water.

Mostly they just broke the surface with their wing tips, but one darker-coloured swallow dipped its breast and actually got quite wet each time. I was on standby for a rescue.

After a few fly-bies, they had a brief rest on the nearby electricity cables before starting round again.

Eventually they went swooping away over the valley.

I’d noticed there were fewer insects landing in the pool – this must be the reason!

Mother Hibiscus

August 21, 2011 1 comment

I love creative gardening and adore destructive gardening, but what I hate is ‘rescue’ gardening. It’s what I’m having to do with this heat wave, though.

Yesterday I discovered that some of the hibiscus plants I’d inserted in a row of oleanders, in order to fill the gaps created by frost damage, had become pale, sapless ghosts due to lack of water.

Now I’ve made a sort of penance out of trying to rescue the remainder. Fortunately these young plants are being produced at a rate of knots by the original Mother Hibiscus so later on I can replace them where necessary.

They’re all different from her in that she is a standard shrub with fairly small flowers, and they are regular little spindly bushes but with much bigger flowers.

Mother hibiscus (left) and offspring (right)

I read recently that plants which are very closely related genetically and which grow in proximity together tend to thrive more than average. Very cosy.

What other plants have sprogs that are actually an improvement?

What would you go all out to rescue in a drought?