Nonnative El Paso Creatures

This past year El Paso had a lot of rain. SomeĀ parts of the city flooded. I got to see some interesting critters in my garden that I did not know I had because they normally do not live in the desert. I probably brought them home from Lowe’s and instead of dying in the arid sand they thrived a reproduced. I now have earthworms and snails! I felt pretty good when I saw them because I must be doing something right. I still have mushrooms too. šŸ™‚

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Now you may think those are little flecks of dirt, but they are tiny round snails! El Paso does have some snails and they usually have coned shaped houses, so these are not native to the area.

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Gardenia

One of my most favorite flower scents is the Gardenia. I have tried a few times to grow them and it has not worked out. This year one of the gardenias I still had from last year attempts managed to hang on. It even gave me a single heavenly blossom. Oh, how that one blossom filled my courtyard with the creamy gardenia fragrance. Yet the plant looked horrible!

I thought about it and decided it must be the silly container I have it in. Its just really silly, I was going for aesthetics and not practicality. Its a low soup shaped bowl / container. I do not think my poor Gardenia had room for its roots. While wandering around Walmart’s gardening center I found a really cool tall pot. (From one extreme to the next.) The color matched the pot I have my cherry willow in so I decided to get it for my gardenia. I also liked that since this pot is about 30 inches tall it makes it much easier to smell the future Gardenia blossoms. I think the Gardenia will be doing much better. It has a parade of new leaves already!

SEE??

July

July 9, 2012 update