The joys and benefits of gardening are immeasurable, however, they are often surprises that you might never be prepared for. Our backyard area is a serene and meditative place that we enjoy daily. It has been the setting for memorable school functions, birthday parties, church functions, and engagement celebrations over the years for our children and friends.
Anyone who has known me for any length of time knows that I have a very serious snake phobia. I always assumed the snake was the biggest thing I had to fear in my garden. However, I was proved wrong just a few days ago. My son’s lab was in our backyard, and she suddenly became startled. He assumed that Maizey must have been scared by a snake.
Brennan was stunned as he discovered a 4 1/2 foot alligator under a row of azaleas just behind my herb garden.
My sons and husband collectively had to come up with a plan of action since the game wardens/wildlife experts were off duty for the weekend! Two retired hockey sticks were brought into service. The hissing alligator was forced into a dog crate with the sticks, transported to a rural area, and released into a creek. The lingering mystery is how the alligator could have possibly gotten into our yard in the first place! There is a small creek a couple of miles down the road, but really!? I guess the worst scenario would have been to find it swimming in the pool..
I hope this is the first and last time a gator trespasses in our garden!
Maizey probably feels the same way!
What’s the worst pest (or guest) you have encountered in your garden?