This weekend I did a lot of cleaning up the garden and pruning shrubs. A couple of weeks ago I had tackled these huge privet bushes that are at the end of the driveway. They had grown above the 10 ft fence! I did not plant these and I'm not sure how much longer they are going to remain. What is saving them is the thought of how difficult they will be to remove! Anyway, I left the clippings in a huge pile and on Sunday was clearing out the mess and found a little garter snake and a ringneck snake. Unfortunately I did not have my camera on me, but here's a picture of a ringneck snake courtesy of Will Cook at North Carolina Herb Photos. Garter snakes are very common, but I've never seen a ringneck snake. Although according to everything I've read about them, they are very common. It was an exciting critter to see!
Who says pruning is a boring task? My new mantra: prune often and carry a camera! Oh and watch what you are pruning.