Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - February 2011

Still nary a bloom in my Central Texas garden. Only one thing of interest I could find:
Meet Pogo, our garden possum. Possums are nocturnal, so Pogo must be very hungry to be out and about in the early morning. Pogo's eating sunflower seeds that the birds knocked from the feeders onto the ground. Fine by me - eat all the seeds ya want, just stay away from my veggies!

This shot was taken just before Pogo saw me at the back window and scurried off. This is the closest I've ever been able to get -- close enough to see Pogo's two-tone tail and black legs.

Possums are funny things. Although a possum looks like a cross between a cat and a rat, it's actually a marsupial, related to koalas and kangaroos. Possums have opposable thumbs on their hind feet, and use their prehensile tails for grasping and balancing. I think possums are fascinating -- and at times aggravating, especially when they steal my melons.

If you want to learn more about possums, visit the Opossum Society of the United States. If you want to see actual garden blooms, visit May Dreams Gardens -- I'm sure some of Carol's Southern Hemisphere and West Coast readers have some actual photos of flowers to share.

Happy GBPD!

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  1. I think they are gross...we see too many of them around here. They love to dig up the gardens..

  2. A bloomin' possum in the daylight - who'd of thought!

  3. We're usually able to get pretty close to the possums in our yard if only because they seem to like to fight and mate and what have you right by our deck. Plus the younger one gets along with our cat so he tends to stand pretty still when I go out and get her.

  4. Hi Caroline, Your possum looks so much cuter than mine, and what a perfect name! Our possum only comes around when we have left cat food out for the 3 stray cats and forget to take the excess in. We don't see
    her (or him) enough to name her but my son has one in his yard that he has named Mabel!

  5. What a delight to come in here and see him. Thanks for the breakup.

    Goldenray Yorkies

  6. Aw, cute. So different to our Aussie possums. They look quite different and they apparently wreak the most havoc in people's trees and roofs rather than digging in garden beds. None in our area though.