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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jan 27, 2018 12:03 PM CST
If someone else has started a new thread, apologies, I haven't found it. Thought you might like to see a muntjac deer that appeared in our garden today - there were actually two of them, but I only managed to get a pic of the one. Muntjac deer are strange, stocky creatures, about the size of a very large dog, so smaller and also less elegant than our fallow or roe deer. They were brought to Woburn Park (a stately home in Bedfordshire) from China in the early 20th century, and are now quite widespread.

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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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UrbanWild
Jan 31, 2018 6:46 AM CST
Great picture. Also, I am in love with your garden! I covet the stone walls.
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro. 46 BCE
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Foliage Fan Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses
Hostas Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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cliftoncat
Jan 31, 2018 6:52 AM CST
Thanks, UrbanWild. We live in a rural part of the country where there are lots of dry stone walls. I love them too, especially when you can encourage plants to grow in the spaces between the stones. Big Grin But I think it's quite a skill to be able to build them (a skill I don't have, sadly!)
Name: Carole
Lake Macquarie, Australia
Butterflies Bookworm Region: Australia Birds Bee Lover Dragonflies
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carolem
Feb 1, 2018 3:44 PM CST
Mika this is a beautiful photo in your lovely garden. Am also a lover of dry-stone walls; it has to be a labour of love being a stone-mason. Interesting to learn that this deer are much smaller than others. Do they venture into your gardens very often - I might imagine you become a little concerned about what they might choose to eat while visiting?
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.

Vincent Van Gough
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Foliage Fan Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses
Hostas Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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cliftoncat
Feb 1, 2018 4:04 PM CST
Thanks, Carole. We get visits by deer (mostly Fallow or Muntjac) fairly often, but I'm usually pretty relaxed about it - I really love all wildlife and for the pleasure of seeing them I'm generally prepared to let them share in the garden's bounty. Hilarious! I might feel differently if they became really destructive - but so far, luckily, it's not too bad.

Texas (Zone 8a)
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GrammaChar
Feb 4, 2018 2:46 PM CST
Happy to report that the bees are back!!! Today they were enjoying the Winter Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) and the 78 degree weather.

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Over the winter, the squirrels wrecked the bee boxes by stealing the bamboo. I re-did them and added hardware cloth. And I painted them ... because, well, I like color!


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GrammaChar
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Foliage Fan Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses
Hostas Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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cliftoncat
Feb 4, 2018 2:54 PM CST
Great photos and stunning bee boxes! What is the butterfly in photo 3?
Texas (Zone 8a)
Passionate about Native Plants
Region: Texas Butterflies Salvias Garden Photography Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover
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GrammaChar
Feb 4, 2018 3:29 PM CST
It's a pipevine swallowtail - but auto correct keeps wanting to call it "pipeline", Hilarious!
GrammaChar
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Foliage Fan Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses
Hostas Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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cliftoncat
Feb 4, 2018 3:45 PM CST
Thank you!
Texas (Zone 8a)
Passionate about Native Plants
Region: Texas Butterflies Salvias Garden Photography Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover
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GrammaChar
Feb 17, 2018 2:13 PM CST
More bees are arriving daily. While they're busily enjoying the Winter Honeysuckle, I decided to do some supplemental feeding. The dish holds a scrubber with a small amount of hummingbird nectar in the bottom and a dollop of organic honey on top.

Day One

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Day Two

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Day Three

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They seem to like it!

GrammaChar
Texas (Zone 8a)
Passionate about Native Plants
Region: Texas Butterflies Salvias Garden Photography Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover
Birds Hummingbirder Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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GrammaChar
Feb 17, 2018 2:19 PM CST
Got the first four bee boxes installed for the solitary, native bees. Facing south so they can get warm in the morning (since they're not furry like honey and bumblebees) and no vegetation blocking the glide path.


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GrammaChar
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Foliage Fan Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses
Hostas Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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cliftoncat
Feb 18, 2018 3:53 AM CST
I love the bee boxes, so colourful! Do you make the hummingbird nectar or is it store bought? It's a great idea which I'd love to try, but for here I'd have to make the nectar because we don't have hummingbirds! Hilarious!
Name: Carole
Lake Macquarie, Australia
Butterflies Bookworm Region: Australia Birds Bee Lover Dragonflies
Garden Photography Salvias Seed Starter Enjoys or suffers hot summers Native Plants and Wildflowers Annuals
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carolem
Feb 18, 2018 4:26 AM CST
since the post is "and other garden guests" I'll jump in and add the Mantis I spotted the other evening when watering (at the end of another hot day). Lurking in the potted Felicia waiting on nightfall to pickup a catch ....


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If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.

Vincent Van Gough
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Foliage Fan Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses
Hostas Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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cliftoncat
Feb 18, 2018 5:13 AM CST
I love seeing pics of these; we don't have them here in England, but Google says they do exist in the south of Europe, so I might meet one on my travels...
Name: Asa

Bee Lover Garden Photography Region: Utah Garden Ideas: Master Level Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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evermorelawnless
Feb 19, 2018 5:56 AM CST
Shoot. Posted these in a spring bulb thread...but should have posted here!

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Greedy, messy little thing!
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Foliage Fan Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses
Hostas Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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cliftoncat
Feb 19, 2018 11:34 AM CST
Great photos - and a beauty of a critter! I tip my hat to you.
Texas (Zone 8a)
Passionate about Native Plants
Region: Texas Butterflies Salvias Garden Photography Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover
Birds Hummingbirder Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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GrammaChar
Feb 19, 2018 1:42 PM CST
I agree Asa, that one deserves a frame!
GrammaChar
Name: Asa

Bee Lover Garden Photography Region: Utah Garden Ideas: Master Level Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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evermorelawnless
Feb 19, 2018 2:08 PM CST
Thank you. The first bees of the season really delight me.

It snowed yesterday and last night. Now those blooms are under 4 or so inches. Makes me wish I'd have shot more. But it won't last forever...
Name: Tofi
Sumatera, Indonesia
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tofitropic
Feb 22, 2018 11:09 PM CST
Dragon fly is always welcomed in my garden
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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Foliage Fan Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses
Hostas Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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cliftoncat
Feb 23, 2018 7:13 AM CST
Great photo, Tofi - wonderful detail! Thumbs up Thumbs up

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