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North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
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joannakat
Dec 30, 2020 3:20 PM CST
Hi all,

Starting off the new Bee Friends and Other Garden Guests for 2021 with these garden guests.

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Can't wait to see everyone's pictures and hear about all your garden guests! May 2021 see your garden filled with many friends! Group hug

AKA Joey.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 30, 2020 6:07 PM CST
Okay, I think the other new thread has been deleted b/c I can't find it anywhere. Christine @wildflowers had tagged me but it's disappeared.

The ghost thread. Hilarious! Hilarious!

Thanks for the new thread Joanna.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Bee Lover Garden Photography Cat Lover Butterflies Region: Massachusetts
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joannakat
Dec 30, 2020 6:12 PM CST
flaflwrgrl said:Okay, I think the other new thread has been deleted b/c I can't find it anywhere. Christine wildflowers had tagged me but it's disappeared.

The ghost thread. Hilarious! Hilarious!

Thanks for the new thread Joanna.


Right! I didn't think it would happen that quickly, but it did! Boy, they're really on the ball!





AKA Joey.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Dec 30, 2020 6:12 PM CST
Hilarious! The thread ghosted us!

Thank you Joanna! Thumbs up
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 30, 2020 6:21 PM CST
We all got ghosted! Ohhhhhhhhhh the horror!!!!!! *Blush* *Blush* *Blush*


Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Bee Lover Garden Photography Cat Lover Butterflies Region: Massachusetts
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joannakat
Dec 30, 2020 6:22 PM CST
It's my pleasure! And since we're talking about ghosting, here's someone who ghosted me in 2020...it's Little Green!

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Little Green is probably underground somewhere, preparing for 2021 in warmth and comfort. I believe they actually hibernate.

Apologies for posting pictures from 2020--I have no visitors right now except the dark-eyed juncos and the black-capped chickadees who will not let me take their pictures. And certainly, I have no bees because there is nothing here for them to bee eating (sorry *Blush* )

AKA Joey.
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Bee Lover Garden Photography Cat Lover Butterflies Region: Massachusetts
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joannakat
Dec 30, 2020 6:23 PM CST
wildflowers said: Hilarious! The thread ghosted us!

Thank you Joanna! Thumbs up


...sorry...

Who knew they would be so fast???

AKA Joey.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 30, 2020 7:49 PM CST
Little green is so pretty.

You are right, they do hibernate:

Smooth Greensnakes emerge in April or May and mate by late spring or summer. Females lay one to two clutches of four to six eggs, which are laid from June to September. Nests are located in rotting vegetation, beneath logs or flat stones, and in small mammal burrows. Young snakes are dark olive or blue-gray in coloration. Adult and young snakes are active until late September when they spend the rest of the year hibernating below ground. Preferred hibernacula include rodent burrows and subsurface ant chambers. It is not uncommon for Smooth Greensnakes to overwinter communally with Ring-necked Snakes, Dekay's Brownsnakes, Red-bellied Snakes, and Common Gartersnakes.

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I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
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joannakat
Dec 30, 2020 7:56 PM CST
flaflwrgrl said:Little green is so pretty.

You are right, they do hibernate:

Smooth Greensnakes emerge in April or May and mate by late spring or summer. Females lay one to two clutches of four to six eggs, which are laid from June to September. Nests are located in rotting vegetation, beneath logs or flat stones, and in small mammal burrows. Young snakes are dark olive or blue-gray in coloration. Adult and young snakes are active until late September when they spend the rest of the year hibernating below ground. Preferred hibernacula include rodent burrows and subsurface ant chambers. It is not uncommon for Smooth Greensnakes to overwinter communally with Ring-necked Snakes, Dekay's Brownsnakes, Red-bellied Snakes, and Common Gartersnakes.

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Well then, Little Green is probably a 2021 guest because I have a complex rodent burrow under my tiny garden! I know there are no rodents in there because, well, let's just say that I took care of that in very swift fashion. Whistling

AKA Joey.
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Dec 30, 2020 8:00 PM CST
Little Green is so pretty...I saw one right after hurricane Michael...only one before or since.
Once again...since she got deleted...Dixie sends happy wags for 2021 and puppy dog kisses for all the 2020 booboos ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ˜˜
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Bee Lover Garden Photography Cat Lover Butterflies Region: Massachusetts
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joannakat
Dec 30, 2020 8:21 PM CST
gingin said:Little Green is so pretty...I saw one right after hurricane Michael...only one before or since.
Once again...since she got deleted...Dixie sends happy wags for 2021 and puppy dog kisses for all the 2020 booboos ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ˜˜


Ginger, do you have any pictures of Dixie?

AKA Joey.
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Plays in the sandbox Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Tip Photographer The WITWIT Badge
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Plumerias Hummingbirder Dog Lover
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gingin
Dec 30, 2020 9:50 PM CST
Miss Brat Dixie doesn't like her picture taken...she usually barks like a crazy woman at the camera but here are a couple
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Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Plays in the sandbox Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Tip Photographer The WITWIT Badge
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Plumerias Hummingbirder Dog Lover
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gingin
Dec 30, 2020 10:03 PM CST
Ha...just woke her up and clicked before she realized
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Ok enough Dixie since she is neither bird nor bee nor butterfly...she is just a sweet old lady and my heart ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Bee Lover Garden Photography Cat Lover Butterflies Region: Massachusetts
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joannakat
Dec 30, 2020 10:14 PM CST
gingin said:Ha...just woke her up and clicked before she realized
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Ok enough Dixie since she is neither bird nor bee nor butterfly...she is just a sweet old lady and my heart ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ



But she must visit the garden from time to time, right?

AKA Joey.
Name: Zoรซ
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Herbs Salvias Composter Bee Lover Container Gardener
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NMoasis
Dec 30, 2020 10:36 PM CST
Not much bug life in my garden, either, but lots of birds at the feeders which Marley the Cat likes to watch when he's not basking in the sun.
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He's no friend in the indoor garden. This was his accomplishment yesterday:
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Mama was NOT pleased. Angry

For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Plays in the sandbox Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Tip Photographer The WITWIT Badge
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Plumerias Hummingbirder Dog Lover
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gingin
Dec 30, 2020 11:09 PM CST
Bad Marley...you have a partner in crime....Dixie TOTALLY destroyed 2 of the 5 azaleas between the patio and house.back in the day. She still loves her BIG ball as some of you may remember but no longer balances it on her nose and runs with it. Hey at almost 14 she is entitled to just bark at it and "weed" for Momma. Bush or whatever gets in the way she destroys๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
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Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
Eat more tomatoes!
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gardenfish
Jan 1, 2021 5:39 AM CST
Well, I was up late for New Years Eve ball drop, something I haven't done in YEARS but my neighbors were giving a party last night on their CARPORT, in the pouring rain and a chilly 35 degrees. I woke up hearing a thunk thunk sound coming from their carport; it was all the kids whacking a huge piรฑata,why couldn't they do that inside? So the kittens were discombobulated by the change in schedule and all the fireworks outside, so went on a rampage and ripped over my lime tree! No damage, but dirt flying all over the place!
Peek a boo!
No insects outside here, either, so one from the summer.
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Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
Mother Teresa
Name: Asa
Wasatch Front - Utah
Bee Lover Garden Photography Region: Utah Garden Ideas: Master Level Photo Contest Winner: 2016 Photo Contest Winner 2019
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evermorelawnless
Jan 1, 2021 9:21 AM CST
Today's bee. For the new thread and the new year:

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This is fun: The thread "Asa's former lawn...or (better) Dirt's current gardens" in Garden Photos forum

My bee site - I post a new, different bee photo every day:
http://bees.photo
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Bee Lover Garden Photography Cat Lover Butterflies Region: Massachusetts
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joannakat
Jan 1, 2021 9:34 AM CST
evermorelawnless said:Today's bee. For the new thread and the new year:

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WOWWWWWWWwwwwww, what a great bee picture Asa. One of your best (not that I've seen them all). Thumbs up

AKA Joey.
Name: William Groth
Houston, TX zone 9a
Peppers Cactus and Succulents Roses Adeniums Cat Lover Sedums
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Willinator
Jan 1, 2021 1:30 PM CST
Here are pictures of the out door kitty

Our Indoor Cats are not thrilled with her being out on the deck!

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Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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