After a fun day of plant swapping on Saturday, I was busily getting the newbies settled into their nests (who's this "I"?, DH would ask). The action was frenzied, and that's when this guy appeared from under my bag of potting soil.
That's a six inch long Giant Redheaded Centipede - Scolopendra heros
Just for the guys, here is another gratuitous icky bug photo
Sometimes I am into the potting soil with both hands. I understand that a bite from this creepy crawler won't kill you but is very painful. This encounter was close enough to remind me to be safe in the garden, always.
The centipede wasn't the only giant bug visitor to the garden that day. When we were digging a hole for a new plant by the shed, the shovel turned up this Texas Brown Tarantula.
Tarantulas are not at all dangerous and are very gentle creatures -- they just get a bad rap from the movies. And they are not nearly as creepy as the centipede, but I still wouldn't want to be surprised by it crawling across my hand unexpectedly. This is only the second Tarantula we've seen here. We found this guy a new home under the shed.
So where did I get all these new plants that are keeping me busy? From the plant swap I attended on Saturday.
Plenty of plant sharing and lots of good plant talk
I brought home plenty of new plants for all those beds we've been building. DH was pleased to see all my new plants (hahaha).
Thanks to all you generous and fun-loving San Antonio gardeners!
Oh, and stay safe out there in the garden!