Category: Flora and fauna

Unplanted flowers

wildflowers, Uruguay


wildflowers, Uruguay
No idea what this is called.

If you look closely at the second, you might spot a volunteer tomato plant in the box, which I originally built for worms. Turns out they thrive just as well, with no attention, in the ”compost” barrel which never gets hot enough to actually compost anything.




Around the garden

Posting about the squash plants yesterday inspired me to survey the area in which I plan to plant them.


squash seedlings

They’re already growing there! And the more you look, the more you see.

squash seedlings

Here’s a nearby clump in the shade of one of the little orange trees.

squash seedlings

Nearby, under the pine tree, a pigeon egg met its demise in yesterday’s very strong winds. Note the epiphyte as well.

fallen pigeon egg and epiphyte


My squash garden

Some time ago, after preparing a calabacín (here butternut squash, not zucchini) for dinner, I took the “guts” with the seeds, threw them in some dirt in a flower pot, and said dare you to grow!

They took up the dare, and before too long I found myself having to replant 35 seedlings.

Of the five or six I planted alongside the house, only one appears to have survived.

Butternut squash seedling

And I notice we have a volunteer avocado tree there as well, which needs a better location.

avocado seedling

A few months ago, when we had avocados daily, I tried starting quite a few of the seeds. None took. So here’s one apparently spilled out of the “compost” barrel (which never gets hot enough to actually compost anything), thriving.

This is why I don’t take gardening too seriously. If things want to grow, they grow. If I want them to grow, well, maybe. Still: time to get those babies into the ground!


Dog walk observations

A snake. Of the dogs, only Benji paid attention. When the snake adopted what looked like a striking position, we were both yelling at him to leave it alone.

He did, and it continued on its way off the path.

Recent winds turned the sand “roads” into recording media.

We stare at them, perplexed. We did settle on one type of track (not shown here) being caused by a beetle. But these remain mysterious.

And this must (?) be from a lizard, probably 20-30 cm long.


The little things

Baby avocados: the beginning of our third harvest.

baby avocados, Uruguay

Baby orange — first time from tree #1:

Baby oranges — first time from tree#2.

This is what our avocado trees looked like in August 2015:

Avocado trees, Uruguay

Note the large pine tree in the background to the right. It’s still there now:

Avocado trees, Uruguay

The two little orange trees are front right. I had to transplant them from the country because wind and hard soil there were just too much. It’s taken them a long time to get comfortable here. Very cool to see fruit starting to form!