Creatures and Beasts at HCP

Little House in the Big Woods

Little House in the Big Woods

Hitty Constance thought she might run into some small people on her visit to the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific. There were numerous small dwellings sprinkled about here and there throughout the gardens. This one reminded us of the Little House in the Big Woods, but alas, no tiny Laura Ingalls came out to play.

Japanese Maple bracts

Japanese Maple bracts

However while Constance admired the stunning Japanese Maple tree,

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Maple Leaf Bract Snack

Maple Leaf Bract Snack

She found a delightful camouflaged caterpillar. Unfortunately it was too focused on crunching and munching to talk with her (and it’s mouth was always full).

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Bumble Bee abode

Bumble Bee abode

…A rather ornate, but dilapidated house seemed to be buzzing with activity.

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Busy Gathering Nectar

Busy Gathering Nectar

…but the bumblebees therein had a frantic pace and no time for frivolity…

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More Unusual Fauna

More Unusual Fauna

She did eventually find some hopping, creeping creatures willing to slow down enough to have a little chat. After a while though, she found their roaring and staring conversational style a bit hard going…

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Set on the Porch a While

Set on the Porch a While

…and needed a little rest to recover her equilibrium.

Click here for the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific Website.

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8 thoughts on “Creatures and Beasts at HCP

  1. Hitty Madison and the girls were thrilled to see the small houses that dot the grounds. They have been urging me to do the same thing in our flower gardens. So far we have 6 small houses scattered about. Thank you for the inspiration to do some more. Also….we LOVED the caterpillar!!! What a colorful fellow. Thanks!!

    • We also saw birdhouses inhabited by birds, and bat houses! A lovely idea to support wildlife in the area…of course one of the main reasons for all the fencing is to keep the deer out!

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