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Found under the Apricot tree. Obviously the sloughed skin of a Sleepy Lizard, Trachydosaurus rugosus. These lizards are frequent visitors to the yard, especially in the spring and summer when the fruit is falling from the trees. I photographed one once and was amazed by how shiny and well coloured its scales were. I would now deduce that it must have recently shed its old skin to expose a brand new set of scales. Below is a picture of possibly the owner of the skin. Not as athletic as the Bluetongue. It struggled a bit over obstacles, getting stuck on the wood edging with its little legs flailing.
This Pansy was a real surprise when it flowered. To one side of a main foot traffic path in morning sun, shaded in the afternoon. It had obviously come up from the seed of Pansies we had growing in a pot nearby two seasons previously. It eventually put out three flowers but it expired due to a prolonged heat wave at the end of January 09. It had flowered for 3 months.
this background is taken from the feather of a Crested pigeon found in the garden.
This is a Jade plant Portulacaria afra. My plant books tell me that flowering of this species is rare on cultivated plants. It is growing in a pot but was a three foot high cutting from an old garden grown plant. It grew strongly for several seasons before the flowers appeared.
Came home one day to find a Bluetongue lizard Tiliqua scincoides on the front doorstep looking like it wanted to come inside.
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