The plumber was back today to finish off the work on the sewer so, while Sally went off to deliver some Wade’s Green things to Alveria in Kew and do some shopping, Duncan had to stay at home again. It was almost a repeat of yesterday with report writing and wildlife watching around the house.
Butterflies were in abundance again in particular the Caribbean buckeyes (see yesterday) and long-tailed skippers. Much of the area around the house has been kept cut but the mower will not start so the grass is long and some of the plants of open ground are now flowering well. The blue rat tail provides nectar for many of the butterflies but in particular the long-tailed skipper; a beetle was enjoying feeding on a flower of shepherd’s needle.
We also have a few orchids and epiphytes planted in a small area of the grounds. The original plan had been to make an educational garden around the centre and this was started but never finished. We have seen, and indeed photographed, the tall encyclia near the caves and on the garden pond trail but we now have one out in flower just outside our door.
Thursday in the lizard world appeared to be the day for the bark anole. They seemed to be everywhere, young and old, male and female. Displaying males were on the mosquito screen; large adults and small youngsters were positioned over the part finished gazebo waiting for a tasty passing insect. They come in a variety of shades from chestnut brown through grey to a grey-green colour and they seem to be able to change their colour at times. The young ones have a yellowish stripe down the back.
Sally’s shopping trip included the farm in Kew where she was finally able to get hold of locally grown produce: cucumbers, tomatoes, aubergine (egg-plant) and basil. Next week they may also have water melon and cabbages ready.