Flowers, Poo and Fox

First frost has yet to visit my zone 6a gardens in south-central Connecticut but it’s right around the corner. Usually by Halloween frost has browned now weary-looking tender plants. A few plants continue to bloom – ageratum, mums, a smattering of lavender and a few morning glories – and look best outside. The better looking blossoms came indoors for close-up enjoyment. The last bouquet from my gardens is one of my most treasured, representing a season of gardening toil, a season of memories, a season of bloomin’ beauty.


The hydrangea (Endless Summer Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’), sunflower (Helianthus debilis ‘Vanilla Ice’), rose (Knock Out Rosa ‘Radyod’) and gomphrena (Globe Amaranth Gomphrena) deserve recognition for their long flowering period and ability to withstand less-than-ideal weather … much rain, temperature swings, much rain.

On a totally separate note, our yard continues to be a favorite stopping or strolling through point for local wildlife and more local wildlife. Deer are the most frequent, and increasingly unwelcome, visitors. They’ve munched and remunched all the unfenced gardens and leave tell-tale piles of poo throughout to prevent any doubt that they had stopped by.

About three weeks ago I found a large, unfamiliar pile of poo in the front yard. (Familiarity with types of poo is one of the pleasures of rural living.) A thorough Google search led me to suspect a black bear had left this gift. A first hand look by a career outdoorsman pretty much confirmed the pile belonged to a black bear.

Headed out for this mornings walk, I flushed a red fox out of it’s resting place near our driveway. Later, Red Fox decided to come back for a stroll along the front walk.


Red Fox sat for a spell …


Had a quick scratch …


Then wandered off to hunt.


Hope it had a good, solid meal of vole,mice, mole or chipmunk … other creatures in abundant supply.

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12 comments for “Flowers, Poo and Fox

  1. October 26, 2011 at 8:29 am

    How wonderful to get such a close sighting of that classy red fox. Next time we’ll want a picture of your black bear visitor!

    • joenesgarden
      October 26, 2011 at 8:47 am

      Laurrie, I’d love to get a photo of a black bear. If I’m lucky enough to snap one you know I’ll share.

  2. October 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    A black bear! I would have a heart attack! I have seen foxes and was delighted, but fortunately, no deer for me! Too many suburban type neighborhoods surround my woods.

  3. October 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    P.S. I think your bouquet is fabulous!

    • joenesgarden
      October 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks, Deb. I’m jealous of gardeners who don’t have to contend with deer.

  4. October 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Great photos of the fox! I sometimes see them in the woods, but it is more difficult to get a good shot. And your arrangement is so full and beautiful! Bringing the outdoors inside makes for such joy.

    • joenesgarden
      October 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      Sage Butterfly, this is one of the neighborhood fox. An entire family hung around all summer but one of the youngsters lost a battle with a passing car. This adult roams from yard to yard and has become quite comfortable with its surroundings.

  5. October 26, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Definitely deer time in our part of the world, Joene. I saw one at dusk today, strolling and nibbling at a shrub 10 feet from a window. Just when I thought my repellent spraying was done for the season.

    • joenesgarden
      October 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      That’s the thing, Lee. Just when you think you have deer figured out they do something unexpected. Today I noticed they munched some horseradish leaves, a previously untouched perennial.

  6. October 29, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I love spotting wildlife although I do wish the deer would just eat the grass. No bear spottings here. Loved the ‘scat’ report.

    • joenesgarden
      October 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      Layanee and Debbie,
      I’m becomming more familiar with scat/poo than I ever wanted, but it’s a great way to decipher just what has come by for a stealth visit.
      If deer ate just grass, Layanee, we’d all want them as substitute lawn mowers.
      We often hear coyotes, Debbie, and I’ve seen thier … you guessed it … scat/poo, but the animals themselves have remained illusive.

  7. October 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Joene, I love the comment above being a poo aficionado! We don’t have black bears here – yet – but I did see a coyote walking through the garden the other day. That was a new spotting for me. Enjoy the snow…

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