Tuesday, March 13, 2012

All Sorts of Life in the Garden

I was checking on all the newly emerging growth in my garden and had a bit of a surprise.....look, my 'dead' Ninebark 'Coppertina' isn't dead!!!   I was lazy about pulling it out -really glad I didn't pull it out!  New growth!
Now let's pull the frame out a little bit, another surprise---
I was so focused on the new growth that this little guy really surprised me.  Hello!


His friend was up the driveway...a different kind of lizard, the first one is an anole, not sure about this guy.
 Anyone know their reptiles/amphibians? 
 Thanks to Darla and Skeeter, consensus is that this is a Fence Lizard.  
Thanks ladies!
 There has been a lot of pollinator activity in the garden as well.
With the days warming up there are more and more little critters showing up in the garden.


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28 comments:

  1. Yep the critters are starting to scurry around here too. I wonder if that's a type of fence lizard?

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    1. Darla, you are a wise woman! You know your lizards. thanks!

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  2. Dont ya just love surprises? The Anoles are my favorite critters and live on our porch in harmony with the green tree frogs. They drive my cats nuts out the front windows. We have seen the same lizard and cannot find it in any of our books. The best I can "guess" is a Fence Lizard as they vary so much. Sure does look like a offspring of a Alligator though...

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    1. Skeeter, Yes, these little guys are lots of fun. You and Darla are wise women! It does look like an alligator....or Godzilla!

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  3. Spring brings all kinds of surprises. When I find my reptile book I'll look for the fence lizard to see exactly which one he is. I've already seen a spreading adder, twice.

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    1. Nell Jean, yes it does! I Googled 'Fence Lizard' and there he was. You can keep the snakes!

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  4. Hi Janet, I have had a similar experiences, where I was ready to yank something out, only to notice a fresh tiny bud. It is always somehow comforting to know that nature can bounce back even from the brink. It gives one hope to know that plants and animals recover and re-establish themselves even after a devastating blow so often manmade. Love your little scaly friends!

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    1. Jennifer, so glad I didn't yank it out. I am so glad this one rebounded, really like Coppertina.

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  5. I love those creepy crawlies, but not scaly lizards here. I always like those anoles, they seem friendly for how many I see on blogs. They seem to sit for portraits too.

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    1. Donna, We watch the anole run all over the deck, lots of fun.

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  6. That Fence Lizard looks like a serious lizard.

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  7. I was going to say I bet Skeeter would know. It would scare to pieces if it snuck up on me! Those ninebarks are pretty stout shrubs-a good trait for sure.

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    1. Tina, Yes, Skeeter knew! We have so many lizards I am not too jumpy with them. Love ninebark, though this one had its main stem split, so I was unsure of its health.

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  9. he is one cool guy...with the very warm weather the garden is popping...

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    1. Donna, yes both these guys are cool. With warm weather more lizards emerge from their slumber.

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  10. I've noticed more critters about, too, but a lizard would definitely be a surprise here in Illinois:) Good to see the new growth on your ninebark; I have two hydrangeas I'm watching closely every day in hopes they'll resurrect, too.

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    1. Rose, right, in Illinois that little lizard would be a BIG surprise! One of my hydrangeas got 'run over' by somebody..dog/deer/or whatever. Hope it comes back.

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  11. Not dead, just dormant? A nice surprise. I hope that plant thrives this season along with the critters in your garden.

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    1. Layanee, Right! The other Ninebark are already in full leaf, so I wasn't optimistic with this one. Glad I was wrong.

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  12. Ah, I've had both the anole and fence lizard living in our home...what can I say, my children sneak them in. Actually, my daughter thought she found a Bearded Dragon while at our youngest son's soccer game, we brought it home (thinking someone had released it and it wouldn't survive the cold)--and luckily discovered it was a fence lizard. Our rules are--if it comes from nature, they can visit inside for a day or two--but then they return to nature. Thankfully, we are lizard-free inside right now! ;-)

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    1. Julie, good rule! We used to let the kids 'name' the turtles or whatever they found. The name would be Thursday (if found on Thursday) because Friday it is gone!

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  13. Hey Janet,
    I would trade one of my Japanese aralias in exchange for one of your lizards!

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    1. Tatyana, hahaha, sold!! Though I don't think that the lizard would like the trip to the Pacific NorthWest!

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