Six on Saturday – The Jesus Lizard

It’s Saturday again and time to share garden happenings. I suppose it is very appropriate to find a Jesus Lizard in the garden during Easter week. I had been seeing a fast moving animal in the garden for a couple of weeks, it appeared to be running on its back legs like a little T Rex dinosaur. I am beginning to think I am seeing things. Things that aren’t there. Finally, it stopped and I was close enough to get a picture.

Here is the lizard. Google was able to identify this as a Brown Basilisk or Jesus Lizard. It does run on its back legs and has paddle shaped feet that make it appear to walk on water if it runs into a lake at high speed, hence the name. These are not native to Florida and considered invasive. Mental health crisis averted. Additional information, if you need it.

I was thrilled to get my second Ranunculus flower.

I am looking forward to eating this pepper. Tonight. My first successful red pepper.

I have been moving bromeliads around this week. A new container of Neoregelia bromeliads was assembled for the porch from random plants in the back garden.

‘Purple Haze’ Billbergia bromeliad added to the front garden. A ring cut from a nursery container supports the plant as it roots into its new space.

I planted three Papayas grown from seed in the back garden. Hopefully a male and female plant emerge from the trees and I get some fruit. These are Mexican Papayas. I have them amongst the pineapples that were gnawed by something. Maybe the Jesus Lizard.

Happy Easter and Happy Gardening!!

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23 comments on “Six on Saturday – The Jesus Lizard

  1. Su says:

    That ranunculus is stunning! I hope you will have even more soon.


  2. Jesus Lizard…Wow! I would like to see one of those. Your ranunculus has great colors. You may have said, but are you growing them in the ground or a pot?

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  3. Rosie Amber says:

    What a fun little lizard and so aptly named for this weekend. The peppers are looking tasty too. Enjoy your dinner with them.

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  4. fredgardener says:

    Wow for the lizard! It’s true that it looks like a prehistoric animal…! This kind of things that we don’t have around here.
    Congrats on the papayas and I can’t wait to see if you have both flowers soon. (ranunculus have arrived here too. More in my next Six)

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    A basilisk, oh my! 😀
    Your bromeliad collection is growing nicely, lovely ranunculus and I hope you enjoy that fine red pepper. Happy Easter! 🙂

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  6. pbmgarden says:

    Love that Ranunculus! I planted some corms but they don’t take orders from me apparently! The red pepper looks delicious. Good work and good eating.

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  7. smallsunnygarden says:

    Love that ranunculus! I grew some in my earlier AZ garden, but they needed sooo much water that I hesitated to do it again. They’re magnificent though, so perhaps I should try them in a container as you are doing. It clearly works!
    I hope your papayas come through with fruiting!

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  8. Cathy says:

    What a beautiful Ranunculus Amelia! I thought I was looking at Fatsia leaves in the last photo. The papaya foliage is certainly very striking. I hope the papayas don’t get gnawed at too. The Jesus lizard must be a bit alarming if it moves at such speed, even if harmless!

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    • Thank you, Cathy – I have a few more buds on the Ranunculus and am waiting breathlessly to see what color pops out. For some reason Fatsia is unusual here, which seems strange to me. I love it. I planted three Papayas which is way too many, it is okay if something gets gnawed.

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    Oh NO way!!! If I saw that thing in the garden, I would stay inside with the windows and doors locked! At least it does not look very big. Brent and I saw something that resembled this on a road from Palm Springs to Agua Caliente. It was tall though, perhaps a foot long, and half as high above the hot pavement, and running down the road in the same direction that we were going. It looked over at us as we passed, and freaked us out. We have no idea what it was or what it was doing out there, . . . besides running down the road like a crazy dinosaur.
    Anyway, the ranunculus is pretty. I have not grown any that bloomed well in a while. We added some at work last year, but they did not perform well.

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