We photographed this bizarre flower growing straight out of the ground in October 2008. Austin said it was a plant from dinosaur times. Well, the blooming thing grew!
Here is Austin with the uprooted tree of it. (No, I have no idea why they uprooted it.)
The trunk and stems have a really odd texture.
And the tree has a funny branching pattern, too. Strange, strange bit of flora.
One of our dogs caught and killed a mongoose! This is no easy task. If dogs could easily get mongooses, we would not have had to get the trap from Texas. Anyway….
Torsett Dog is saying, “yep, it was ME!”
Yay! The orchids are starting to bloom!
So now Akka needs to start looking for a market for them.
Akka brought this mango – the prettiest one he had seen.
Two days later I took my Canadian grandkids out to get photos of their own – with their parents’ smartphones, and here is my 4-year-old granddaughter ….
taking pictures of the same mangoes on the tree.
While that was going on, I was showing the other ones these CATERPILLARS –
Austin says they are Monarchs –
totally stripping the chosen plant! Good Lord.
The next day ….
my little granddaughter came to my house to show me the beautiful caterpillars she had found. She is definitely her Granddaddy’s granddaughter!
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PS – I hate it that I accidentally published the draft in progress. It was bound to happen sooner or later – but UGH. Apologies to those who got the half-done blog in their inboxes……