Thursday, September 22, 2016

The First Day of Fall....

It's already Fall.
I'm hoping the weather around here
believes it.

We've been pretty warm....
for the last few weeks.
And, dry.

Ruby Chrystal Grass

The forecast is for cooler, wetter weather.
We'll see.

Caldium Pot

I haven't been keeping up with this blog too well,
this summer.

Autumn Joy Sedum

I mean...there hasn't been anything much going on here.

Hyacinth Bean

How many times can I whine to you,
about the heat, or the drought...

Inland Sea Oats

...or the floods, or the cold?


You've heard over and over,
about the ever present deer.


And the bugs!

Garlic Chives

Of course, nice things happen, too.


But, like news reports...
there's no drama in nice things.

Bee on Lantana

So...I run out of things to say.
Yes...even me.

Big leaf Jerusalem Sage...finally blooming.

But, me without something to say,
won't last long. 

I'll try to show up more often.

We did get a new weather station,
that I haven't shown you.

Kinda stands out, doesn't it?
Kinda self important?

It gives us all kind of information.

Look at the lower middle.  
That's the the guys on tv...
can't make up its mind.

Just hope that rainfall total goes up...
a little.

So...Welcome Fall.
We are SO ready for you here.

Happy Gardening...

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Definition of Insanity...

You've heard it.
"The definition of insanity,
is doing the same thing over and over again,
and expecting different results."
~~Albert Einstein

here I go again.
I'm about to clean up the garden,
getting ready to plant more seeds.
I'm going to try growing vegetables...

The squash bloomed all summer.
Not. One. Squash.

The okra blooms...
and makes pods.
One there...
never enough for a whole serving.

I won't give up!!

Seems maybe the definition of insanity,
is being a 
Patchwork Gardener.

Happy Gardening...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Big Limb Down...

We were out the other night.
Coming home in the dark, we knew it had rained,
but maybe there was some wind, too.

When I got up the next day,
I saw this huge limb down,
across the street, in the vacant lot.

The deer were loving it.

There were maybe twenty, when I first looked out.
Several ran away, when I walked outside.

They came and went all day.

This morning, you can see how much they ate.

Those leaves must taste good.

Walking around yesterday, I saw no other limb damage.
Maybe it wasn't wind. Maybe this limb was just ready to break.

Luckily, nobody was hurt.

Happy Gardening...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Happy Birthday, National Park Service....

Today, is the 
100th Birthday,
of the 
National Park Service.

Founded on
August 25, 1916,
by Theodore Roosevelt and Horace Albright,
the Park Service manages the National Parks, most National Monuments,
and National Historic Sites.

My love of National Parks started early.
My parents loved to camp...and fish...and national lands
were a good place to do that.

Mr. P and I, took our children, when they were small.

In recent years, we've been to quite a few.


Grand Canyon National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Grand Tetons National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Glacier National Park

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Saguaro National Park

Shenandoah National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

And, National Monuments and Historic Sites...

 Chimney Rock National Historic Site

Mount Rushmore National Monument

Little Big Horn National Battlefield and Cemetery

San Antonio Missions National Historic Park

National Monuments in Washington, D.C.

There are more. But, you get the idea...we like National Parks.

There are more on our list of places we want to see.
Getting there a little at a time.

Do you like National Parks?
How many have you seen?


They're worth the trip.

Happy Trails...