Remember the small creatures
This morning I was out walking the garden, and saw a small turtle purposely coming down the brick path. It was a really small guy, and he could not navigate the taller grass apparently. So I turn and pick up a large unused pot saucer, and fill it with water. He sees me and ducks beneath an upside down container. I set the water down near him, and begin splashing water over his head and carapace.
Instantly, his head goes down to the brick, and he begins trying to drink. I splash more, and he does the same, without moving forward. Then he raises his head and really gaunt little neck, and sees the dish--which is a bit lowered at the edge of the bricked area. I stood there at least 15 minutes watching him. He dunked his snout into the water, and never pulled it out for that time. I watched, not knowing how turtles drink, but every few seconds I'd see him swallow. They suck it in you reckon? After this 15 minutes or so, he raised his head, and then I saw a big puddle appear around and all beneath where he stood. Never moving forward or back, or being afraid of me at all, he stayed there, and peed at least two more times before he again lowered his head to drink. I assume he was cleansing his system, and filling up. After another 5 or 10 minutes of drinking and peeing, he moved on across the brick patio toward the shade of the back garden. However, he ducked between some huge flower pots and grasses at the corner of the Teahouse, and disappeared into that damp coolness. I placed the water saucer into a well of pine straw in a spot where shade can be expected all day. I decided to give him some romaine and grapes, and when I brought it back to the spot, he was again dipping his beak into the water bowl.
The poor creature was dying of thirst. I saw him yesterday as I watered the front flower beds, and wondered how he was doing with all this dryness. Apparently his quest was for water, and that was the reason I saw him coming to the water spray. But a spray does not give much of a drink when it evaporates quickly in the heat.
And since Mosswitch (Sandy-witch) remarked on the turtle digging up her hosta, I'm thinking this is happening far and wide. Don't harm the little creatures. They need water, and succulent plants can provide it for them. If you see what Sandy saw, and what I saw, you will be charitable and not harm them. Be compassionate, and set out around your garden dishes low enough for these good garden friends, who are desperate to survive too. Even the wasps drink water, maybe the bees, I do not know, but water is life and death now. Birds can reach the higher containers, but the others have no way to climb a 6 inch board or the side of a high pot. Make it easy for them, and share your water with a friendly turtle or frog or maybe even a snake.
Bless you if you do.