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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    It looks like a preying mantis
    Feeding time for my juvenile mantis tonight

    What's in your garden?-img_20210407_232411-jpg


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    The Jesus Moth arrived on my kitchen window on Good Friday. It folds its wings up in a strange way to resemble the crucifixion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    Feeding time for my juvenile mantis tonight
    otherwise known as "My slow descent into madness"

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    Decided with my time off and Covid around I would make up a rock garden around our big tree and water fountain.







    We have a Huge rockery up in the mountains by our place, I will have to do another truck load run. Its 100 bht for one bed full.



    Our 3 dogs watched me sweat my ass off while the fan cooled them off.

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    What's in your garden?-mushroom-jpg

    About 4 inches tall. Looks tasty. Or will I die?

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    ^Highly likely. Quite difficult to recognize if you are not expert, my case either. Many times seeing it in various forms of development.

    One of the wisdom I heard, to boil it with rice, in case the rice turns black it's bad... (I haven't tried that's why still alive...)

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    ^^ Looks poisonous to me. Edible parasol mushrooms have a stalk with scales, like snake skin. When you break the stalk it must be hollow as well. So no, don't eat it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Decided with my time off and Covid around I would make up a rock garden around our big tree and water fountain.







    We have a Huge rockery up in the mountains by our place, I will have to do another truck load run. Its 100 bht for one bed full.



    Our 3 dogs watched me sweat my ass off while the fan cooled them off.
    You gave me an inspiration to post a pic of our place,It is from over a year ago and not a wide type of pic, but it just shows what you can grow on a small piece of land. the other one is from 2013.What's in your garden?-20200714_133953-jpgWhat's in your garden?-cimg1311-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    ^^ Looks poisonous to me. So no, don't eat it.
    Good call. The local wisdom agrees with you.

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    Not in my garden but being astonished by the colors seeing these days around...


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    The green trees in background on left and right are typical acacia


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    I've never been jealous of a toad before...


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    ^Looks like he is really giving it to her with the legs at full stretch

    I sent the Minx a photo of my uprooted palm tree half way through the job today.

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    She asked me if I wanted her to come over and give me a hand. Bless her little cotton sox. She weighs in at about 38kg so I passed on her generous offer.

    Fookin massive struggle dragging that palm 20m to its new spot.

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    It is 4.5 metres tall and weighs a fookin ton with the soil/root ball attached. I had to be careful not to damage my back just trying to roll it to its new spot. Hope it survives the trauma of relocation OK.

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    I finished replanting the palm tree in its new location.

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    It was task that pushed me to the limits of my strength and quite a challenge.

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    I had just finished when the long lost Miss Surigao Del Norte of the little red suitcase popped in without warning to squeeze my mangoes and pull my python after leaving me a surprise Christmas present on Christmas day. What a good sport and a jolly nice surprise.

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    She even asked if she could come and help when I move the next one. I did not know that dragging palm trees around would hold any appeal for the ladies.

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    Shouldn't the long lost Miss be positioned also with 90 deg counterclockwise as the palms above?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Shouldn't the long lost Miss be positioned also with 90 deg counterclockwise as the palms above?
    The palm tree was not the only thing that got properly re-rooted this arvo Klondyke

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    I've had a couple of birds in my garden lately...

    The hoopoes are back... nesting in a better positioned nest box... more sheltered than previously so hopefully they'll get better luck this year.

    The pair are back and forth continually, bringing food to their chicks.

    This nest box had a pair of magpie robins nesting earlier in the year.



    The pigeons are also nesting... despite his good food, Yogi has taken to catching and eating them. I've never known a dog do that before but it does help to keep the population down.



    And we also had a gang of these black bugs flying around yesterday. They must be almost two inches long... don't know if they sting or not?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    And we also had a gang of these black bugs flying around yesterday. They must be almost two inches long... don't know if they sting or not?

    Will not sting you. But……….

    Kill it. Stomp on it. Hunt it down. Net it. Spray it. Build traps for it.

    Carpenter Bee

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    Clever camouflage - looks just like a plastic bottle.

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    ^^ I read a bit about them but the general consensus seems to be to leave them alone as they're such good pollinators.

    Why kill it... is it their damage to wood? I couldn't really find anything that bad about them. I cheated a bit and this pic was just outside our garden and I could see them coming in and out of this hole in a dead tree. I'll get a pic of the hole tomorrow.

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    Seems they lay in bamboo and woody plant stems / softer woods, live and let live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I read a bit about them but the general consensus seems to be to leave them alone as they're such good pollinators.

    Why kill it... is it their damage to wood? I couldn't really find anything that bad about them. I cheated a bit and this pic was just outside our garden and I could see them coming in and out of this hole in a dead tree. I'll get a pic of the hole tomorrow.
    Kill it/them when you see them come out.

    They do more damage to wooden structures than they are worth.

    How Much Damage Can A Carpenter Bee Cause?.

    Do not believe the statement in the article about protecting your wood. No protection whatsoever can stop these bees (but death).

    Short story.

    Had an old wooden barn on a piece of property. It had started to lean. I asked everyone try to avoid entering the structure because it was unsafe.

    While I was away some of the guys decided to dismantle it (removing some of the scattered good pecky cypress).

    They loaded a 30 yard container with the wood. When the tractor trailer left with the container there was a cloud hovering over it. They were carpenter bees.
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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    ^ Landreth, i take it that wasn't in Thailand? I have never heard of them being a problem there, termites yes but not these bees. Just my two pence worth.

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    What's in your garden?-carpenter-bee1-jpg

    There are a few of those bees around here. One just drilled this hole in a bamboo pole from which I have some orchids hanging.
    The bee is in there, it ducked inside when it saw the camera. It didn't take it long to drill that hole and bamboo is tough stuff.

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    What's in your garden?-crab2-jpgWhat's in your garden?-crab1-jpg

    Meanwhile, this Rice-field Crab scuttled over yesterday. The dogs were interested and nearly got nipped.

    The gf was interested too, which means it is edible.

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    ^^ That is a perfect hole to stick your finger in and give it a waggle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ^^ That is a perfect hole to stick your finger in and give it a waggle.
    Actually that is impressive, are they like a bee version of a woodpecker?

    You get a few together and you could get a penny whistle production line going.

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