In very exciting news, I spotted my first pea flower today. I've read that this means that actual peas are in the offing (squee!). I would have taken a photo for you, except when I was inspecting my pea bed, I found this guy lurking under the mulch. Can you spot him?
That would be a snake. His snout and beady eyes are peeping out from beneath the mulch at the center of the photo, just below the weed at the base of the pea plants. It was a hot afternoon and I guess he wanted some shade. (Also, no, I did not get that close to the snake. I took this with my telephoto lens - I was at least 10 feet away from that sucker).
I saw him and involuntarily shuddered. By the time Jeremy got home, the sun had gone behind the clouds and he had slithered out. We decided to de-mulch the garden to make it less inviting for snakes. I will just have to get in there and weed every day, I guess.
It seems to be a summer for snakes around the neighborhood, though. One was spotted earlier this week on the playground and I've heard at least one more report of a snake in the grass. Our neighbors say they didn't see any the previous year.