Ralph went out to the garden last night with his flashlight to do one of his late-night checks for caterpillars, snails and other garden beasties. What he found instead surprised him...
Wrapped around a sad looking Brussels sprout plant was a long, thin yellow-and-brown-striped rat snake.
He snapped some pictures of it while I was inside fast asleep.
This morning, just before breakfast, he went out to check the garden again. Another surprise! The snake was still there, still wrapped around the Brussels sprout stalk!
This time I was the one with the camera and the rat snake cooperated by stretching out so I could see more of its pretty body.
When you're a gardener, you have to be ready for all sorts of surprises.