Snakes in my garage

So I am traumatized. I could have handled the first snake. I was sweeping the walkway that goes up to our front porch and saw a rather large (about 4-feet-long) black snake in the yard. When I moved away, it crossed the walkway I had just swept and went into the shrubbery.   To keep it from going into the garage, I went ahead and put my car in and closed the garage door.

A little while later I took some trash out through the laundry room and into the garage where we keep our trash bin. I turned around to re-enter the house, and there was A DIFFERENT LARGE SNAKE, also about 4 feet long and black with white on it, ON THE STEPS I HAD JUST COME DOWN to get into the garage from the laundry room.  (Thank goodness I had closed the door between the garage and the laundry room.) I thought I would die. I was in that closed garage with a large snake.

I couldn’t get back in the house and couldn’t get to the garage door opener, so I ran around the car, got in, used the remote garage door opener to open the garage door, ran out of the garage and around to the back of the house and pounded on the door (which was locked) and yelled for my husband (who because of his recent stroke, moves very slowly).  

I then phoned our neighbor to see if her husband could come over and get the snake out of our garage. I was standing on the back deck when I made the call and had no sooner begun speaking than I saw ANOTHER large black snake slither across the walkway that leads to the deck. My poor neighbor probably thought I was crazy because I could hardly speak on the phone.

The neighbor did come over, but it took him a long time to get the snake because it kept going behind things in the garage. He got it out, and we are very, very grateful. But even after several hours, my heart was still pounding. I know black snakes aren’t poisonous, and I know they eat the bad snakes, but I still feel traumatized.  I mean, I closed the garage door so a snake wouldn’t get in there, and another one already was in there!

A little while later, my husband went into the garage to take out some trash and began yelling for me as if something were terribly wrong.  He had seen ANOTHER snake in the garage!    I phoned the neighbor again, but no one was home.  After much yelling back and forth as to what to do I called 911, and the dispatcher gave me the name and telephone number of a man who would come out and remove the snake.

Thank goodness for The Snake Guy!  On the phone he calmed me down, as I was nearly hysterical.  He explained that the snake my husband saw (which neither one of us could find now) was probably a rat snake, most likely the mate of the one that had been removed earlier.  He said it would leave of its own accord, and if it doesn’t, he will come remove it tomorrow.

I hate being this hysterical about snakes, but these were the largest snakes I’ve ever seen on our property.  My Facebook friends are laughing at my reaction. Maybe one day I’ll laugh, too.

This photo has nothing to do with the story.  It just makes me feel better.

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Viburnum?

My husband is the horticulturist in the family. He knows all of our plants by their common and Latin names.  However, ever since he suffered a stroke in February, he can no longer remember the names.  I took these photos a few weeks ago, and I think this shrub is a Viburnum. I love the little orange visitor!

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Pink beauties

From my “photos only” blog…

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Trilliums

I nearly missed the trilliums this year.  They are native plants here in Georgia, and our state has more indigenous trillium species than any other state in the U.S.  Every year we have a few trilliums blooming in our woodland garden, but they are easy to miss because they are so close to the ground, and the blooms actually face downward.

 

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: All One Color

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Clobbered but coming back

About a year and a half ago we had a dead tree removed, and when it fell it clobbered one of our rose bushes. (If you’re not familiar with the word clobbered, it means the rose bush was hit hard and severely battered.) Last year there were no blooms, and we were worried that the rose bush was damaged beyond recovery.

But this year, we have beautiful pink roses…

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“The roses under my window make no reference to former roses or better ones; they are what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

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Tulip poplar

The tulip poplar is one of the largest of the native trees in the eastern United States and is a valuable hardwood tree.  Early European settlers in the U.S. called it “Canoewood” because Native Americans made dug-out canoes from its truck.  It also is known as Fiddletree, Whitewood, Yellow poplar, and as Tulip-tree because its flowers resemble tulips.

We have a large tulip poplar behind our house, and there are several in the surrounding woods.   They are in bloom now, and fallen blooms can be seen scattered on our road.

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Eastern Bluebird

Quite a few years ago a friend gave us two bluebird nesting boxes. Last week was only the second time in all of those years that we’ve actually seen bluebirds in the boxes.  I was unable to get very close but was able to take a few photos of one male Eastern Bluebird.

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“O bluebird, welcome back again, Thy azure coat and ruddy vest, Are hues that April loveth best….

John Burroughs

 

A gift of Freesia

Fresh flowers!  What a lovely gift from daughter #1. She was disappointed that they had no scent, but they were beautiful.

 

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I rarely read contemporary novels (Marge Piercy and Barbara Kingsolver being notable exceptions), but once I read the first chapter of this one “just to check it out,” I was hooked. The psychologically-true and compassionate descriptions of each unique, complex character, blended with the real-life-like plot twists, kept me eagerly reading on. I resonated with the wisdom of the life lessons and insights each character developed, and their processes of growth and discovery catalyzed new insights in me. I appreciated the multisensory richness of the scenery, creating a vivid setting in which these extraordinary “ordinary” people move, stumble and grow in deeply realistic and moving ways. The plotting is intricate and well-woven, easy to follow if one pays attention — which is easy because the…

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