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re-view

The view from Wildflower House is always changing.

Recently, the neighbor who owns the property adjoining mine decided to expand his business. To that end, he bulldozed the hillside, which is his property, behind my house. The hillside and the mesquite tree in the corner of my yard were the view I photographed for the header of this blog. As you can see from this recent photo, the view has changed dramatically.

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I will miss the view of the lush desert hillside and the smell of the creosote bushes after the rain.

On the other hand, I have to admire my neighbor for his success in a town with only about a dozen businesses and in the currently depressed economy.

Unfortunately, his business involves junk cars.

Fortunately, he plans to build a fence to screen my view.

And you know how those morning glories can spread . . .

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During the summer I bought a beautiful, delicious watermelon. It was grown not too far from here in a similar environment, so I tossed the seeds under the cherry tree and left them to grow as they would. I only watered them when I watered the tree–about once, sometimes twice a week. Sure enough, they sprouted with the monsoon rains and made three melons. Two of the melons were medium-sized and one was quite small. The weather got chilly last week (my garden suffered some frost damage) but I decided to leave the melons a few more days to ensure their sweetness before harvesting. On Thursday I went out to pick them and the biggest one was gone. Someone stole it. I know it was a person because there was no damage to the vines and they had clearly checked out the other medium-sized melon too; my dog picked up their scent on it.

I didn’t think that was very neighborly.

I intended to pickle the rind to give as gifts this winter.

Should I build a big wall around my property?

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second thoughts

This morning I found this beautiful snake in the garden.

Unfortunately, it was tangled in the bird netting and barely alive. By the time I extricated it, it had died. (A scientist friend of mine advises me that I probably couldn’t have cut it out of the netting had it not been so far gone, as it has a nasty bite.)

The netting is only partially effective as a barrier to birds, and the death of snakes and lizards is a high price to pay for using it.

Next year I intend to come up with an alternative way to protect seedlings and produce, one that will spare the reptiles.

The snake is in the freezer now, waiting to be delivered to a local environmental education program.

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