the green horrors

Greetings and salutations everyone; yes, indeed, once again it is I, Mani the smallish purebred border collie, filling in for the guy I live with, and here to bring you some very scary news. You may remember me from such terrifying posts as “Fear And Loafing”, among at least a few others.

Here I am in a characteristically quizzical pose.15080204I like to ponder the mysteries of the universe from time to time, and I often look like this when I’m doing so. I haven’t figured out very much yet.

I do know, now, that eating “gross dead stuff” is not something that the guy I live with likes to countenance, and also he says that I eat too much stuff that I find on the ground, but he should know that’s what puppies, which I’m, do. You just have to try practically everything because you never know what might be good.

But anyway, it’s been really dry here, like the whole garden has dried out for almost a month, despite the occasional sprinkle, and the guy I live with says that’s okay, but I have to stay in when he sets the sprinkler, which he doesn’t do very often, but some new plants have been planted, and so they need water, he says. Other than that, hardly anything has been going on, and though I know I can make a post out of almost nothing, it’s kind of a lot of work, especially when we devote so much time to excellent napping.

Well, one thing has happened. Or really three. All related. Last night what I and the guy I live with thought was a bird flew into the kitchen, but then the guy I live with said it was a moth, which is a little new to me. I’ve seen them fly around, but none that big. He caught it, and put it in the “bug jar”, where it barely fit. He posted a similar picture on Facebook, so if you saw that one, this one is almost the same. 15080202This is an Achemon sphinx, which feeds on the native grape vines here, and there are a lot of those. They just appear, and then grow. The vines, I mean.

He let the moth go out in the front yard, but then I started barking out on the back patio. There was something in the grape vine. Or kind of on it, really.

The guy I live with said that was called a caterpillar, and it was what the sphinx looked like before it became a moth. I wondered if there were such a thing as a dogerpillar and that I could be one of those, and later get wings, but the guy I live with said no, I wasn’t going to get any wings.

He made me come inside and I didn’t care for that very much.

Then tonight, I was out on the patio, minding my own business, and enjoying the breeze. We haven’t had very many breezes this year, and I wondered how there could be enough oxygen if the air is still day after day. He said that plants give off oxygen, which I didn’t know, but that was good because I’d been thinking I was breathing the same air day after day since it wasn’t moving at all. The stuff you learn when you’re little.

So what happened was there was this plop right in front of me, and I didn’t like that at all. The guy I live with agreed that sudden plops right in front of you can be scary, and this one definitely was. Something fell on the patio, and it was ultra-scary.15080203I really thought it needed to be attacked, because guarding the guy I live with is one of my duties, but he said the caterpillar was harmless, and was going somewhere to make a cocoon, so it could become one of those sphinx moths. He picked it up and put it out in the front yard. I still didn’t like the idea of things like that just plopping down in front of me and it was a little disturbing.

The guy I live with says I’m safe for now, and so I guess I can let you go, since things have calmed down enough that I can sleep.

"Oh, I'm brave! I'm just careful!"

“Oh, I’m brave! I’m just careful!”


Until next time, then.

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hot, dry, and windy

Greetings and salutations everyone; yes, once again it is I, Mani the tiny purebred border collie, filling in for the guy I live with, and here to bring you the latest news from our garden. You may remember me from such posts as “The Cone Of Silence”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose.15072807I know I’ve been gone for a while, but that’s because stuff was happening, and so there wasn’t really time to post. We had a visitor last Saturday, and the guy I live with spent several days shampooing the carpet and vacuuming everything and cleaning the bathroom; things like that, you know, “just in case”. It turned out it was too hot to be out in the garden so we all stayed in the kitchen and talked. Well, the guy I live with talked.

Our visitor was quite young, and she knew all about plants, though not very much about tiny purebred border collies, but by the time she left, she did. I thought she was really great, and the guy I live with said I was pestering her so much that he filled the stock tank outside so that I could do something besides be a pest.

They went to Chatfield Arboretum without me, but then came back, and we went on my walk, and then the guy I live with drove her to where she was staying for the night, leaving me alone in the very hot house. But I was okay.

Then the next day, which I guess was Sunday, was “a day filled with naughtiness of an unparalleled degree”, and that might really be true judging from what the guy I live with said for quite some time afterwards. We won’t go into what it was that I did.

And then yesterday, since being naughty is so much fun (as maybe you know), I was naughty again, with the resulting language expressed fairly loudly, after which I tried to eat a snake, so the stock tank got filled up again, and when I emptied that, which is what you do, then I tried to empty the pot sitting on the patio, and various other things.

The guy I live with emptied the pots today because he said he wasn’t going to plant any annuals this year, and so now the pots are empty, and not a temptation.

Today it was hot, dry, and windy, and the guy I live with said that was excellent weather, and I must say that the wind was different. Most of the time in the last few months the air has been completely still here. It seems to have stopped raining, and in any case there hasn’t been any rain good for the garden in about a month. Just sprinkles.

This is what our extremely hot and dry garden looked like today. 15072801





Allium carinatum

Allium carinatum

The color on this last one is kind of weird, but, according to the guy I live with, that’s because it is. 15072809That’s all I have for today. The color on me isn’t weird, that’s for sure. I’ll leave you with that thought.



Until next time, then.

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