Snakes in the garden
Okay, everyone, heads up. I've found more than one snake in the garden over the past 10 days. Some are non-poisonous, but others are not. It's true that I live about 15 miles from town, in an exclusively rural area between Shawnee and Norman, but in a year like this, it's not unusual for the snakes to travel good distances to find a cool and damp place to escape the heat. I would say that anyone who lives in even an outlying subdivision would need to be aware of the problem, wherever you might be.
I had one get into the strawberry bed where it was trapped by the bird netting, found a copperhead under the flowers when I was weeding yesterday, and there have been more. My neighbor found little diamondbacks on his place.
I just thought I'd post this warning for anyone who might not be aware of it. I'd hate to see any encounters with an unsuspecting gardener.