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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Feeling Crabby?


What sort of  monster is this that's menacing pier 39 in San Francisco?  Is it a sea creature that was exposed to radiation and has now emerged from the deep to wreak vengeance?  Result of climate change?  Alien invader from outer space?


A rolling stone gathers no moss.  What kind of crab gathers aeoniums?  This kind obviously.  Isn't it cool?   The people below don't seem too concerned that they'll be consumed by the beast.

He must be a vegetarian as it looks like he prefers to dine on those hanging baskets.  On the other hand, there is a speaker in the lower left.  Perhaps he simply came on to dry land to party.

A few hours later it looked as if he hadn't moved but do you see any more of those red pelargoniums?  That's one clever crab! 

So, if you garden in a costal region, beware of giant succulent-bodied flower-eating crabs.  And you thought that deer caused a lot of damage...  Is it the eve of destruction?   No silly, it's just new year's eve.  Here's to an even happier and less crabby 2014!

29 comments:

  1. Haha...too funny...Happy 2014, Peter!

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  2. Oh no....it's a mutation! At least I'm inland a bit and geraniums don't grow well here.

    Happy New Year!






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    1. Glad that you're relatively safe Shirley!

      Are you calling me a crab Satu? :)

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  3. The only succulent-bodied creature my garden has to fear is me. Happy New Year, Peter!

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  4. Uh oh! I'm headed to the local aquarium this afternoon with my niece and nephew - I guess I need to be extra vigilant. Have a wonderful new year's eve, Peter!

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    1. Hope you had fun! Your niece and nephew must be adorable. (and tasty too!) Sorry about that last bit. The crab seems to have hacked into my blog.

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  5. This is the kind of garden art that appeals to me, possibly on a small scale; It's a lot of fun and incorporates the plant with the sculpture.
    Gardeners don't get crabby, do they Peter? A blooming 2014 everyone!

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    1. Most gardeners seem to be very nice, kind, sharing, sweet people. I personally have been crabby since 1961 and being over fifty now, I'm embracing my inner curmudgeon.

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  6. Next time I'm feeling crabby, I'm going to flaunt it like this guy. Happy New Year!

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    1. You'll fee much better letting your feelings out!

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  7. I never saw such a thing when I was living in SF …Happy new year Peter !

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    1. They're pretty tricky, those mutant crabs. Maybe they just didn't want you to know that they existed. Happy New Year to you Linda!

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  8. Happier and less crabby 2014 indeed! Happy New Year!

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    1. I'll drink to that! HNY to you gentlemen!

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  9. We are having crab for dinner tonight....do you think eating geraniums would make it taste different? Happy New Year, Peter!

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    1. Would probably taste less fishy. Happy New Year, Jane!

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  10. Peter, Happy New Year, I love this cute sculpture!

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  11. It's not giant flower eating crabs that I dread, it is the monster lurking in my tool shed under the enormous heap of plant pots.
    Chloris

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