I should have known it was best to keep my mouth closed, but I had been thinking this thought for a few weeks: I haven't seen any snakes yet this year.
Last night, Matt and I were talking about the farm after I had put Fletcher to bed: the concrete, more greenhouses, the plants...etc. I just so happened to mention to him that it was funny that I hadn't seen any snakes while I planted all those tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers and melons. We didn't see any when we planted the sunchokes. He agreed, telling me that we was on the look-out while he moved some wood to mow yesterday, but didn't see any either.
After the rain stopped this afternoon, Fletcher and I went outside so I could get some work done and he could play Power Ranger on the rock pile. I had been wanted to dig up a few lilac suckers to transplant elsewhere on the farm and decided today was a good day.
Before I could "get down to business," I had to move a couple rocks that I have outlining the flowerbed with my lilac shrub. Of course, I saw what is quite possibly a native trantula species that has yet to be discovered by scientists. It was hairy...it was big...it was FAST. It scurried underneath another rock that I most definitely avoided as I dug up my lilac starts. I hope it's still there because now I know where it is.
I continued my project, eyeing the spider rock every once in a while (OK, it was probably every other minute, but who's counting?). I was able to get about nine starts dug and potted before I saw something in the lilac shrub.
A brown anaconda slithered through the branches of the lilac, right where I was pruning back a couple dead branches. YIKES! OK, it was a brown garden snake, about six inches long. I know that's no where near anaconda size, but for me, they're all anacondas ...or pythons...or cobras, you get the idea.
I tried to smash it with my shovel, but alas, it got away, slithering into a hole (I assume because I can't find it now). I poked my shovel in and around the lilac, trying to force it out so I could whack the thing. Darn survival skills! The snake was gone and was not coming back while I was there.
I decided my pruning and digging project was good enough. I meant to have a lopsided shrub, I swear! I thought about putting out a sign so the neighbors would know why it looks like that. Something like: "Will continue to prune once snake is found and removed."
For now, my lilac has a mullet: short in the front and long in the back ... just how nature intended.