What is going on in your garden right now? Things are getting interesting here in middle Massachusetts. Big Night — the once a year event where salamanders return to their vernal pools to mate took place over the last couple nights. As I have done before, but this year for the first time with my kids, I donned my rubber boots and trekked into the dark muddy night to catch a glimpse of the action. Oh yes, we found salamanders.
image by my friend Jen
Then yesterday morning…as I was putting the finishing touches on my color post for the Garden Designers Round Table I felt a little tickle on the back of my calf. I reached down to scratch the tickle and came away with a small black snake like thing on the back of my hand. Shrieking and arm flinging, the whole house was freaked out by where this mysterious ‘thing’ landed. We looked hard but couldn’t locate the creature after the commotion. Now I realize, while looking for a perfect salamander photo (below) (as opposed to the one above taken with an iphone in the swamps), that the creature was a baby salamander.
I think he might have seen me as his one way ticket out of the swamps — he even probably slept with me…I am feeling a little used 😉
image by .amor.fati. ( hibernating )
Meanwhile the crocuses are in full bloom….what is going on in your garden?
image by Davor Curic
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