Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dippin' In...

Did we mention it's been hot here?  Well...even if we's been HOT HERE!
Everyone and everything is feeling it.

So, maybe a little dip is in order.

Aahhh......that's nice.

Hey!!  How about a little privacy here!

Stay cool...

Happy Gardening...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Let's Hear it For the Man....Again...

I posted this in August of 2009.  That was another long, hot, dry summer.
I think it applies this year, again. 

We're already 37 days over 100.  Could break the record this time.
We're hot here.  But, most of us are prepared. 
Other areas of the country are suffering through hot and humid weather....without the help from the wonderful invention of this man. 

So....once again....


Who, you say, is this handsome gentleman?
His name was Willis Haviland Carrier. And, I want to thank him. He's known as the inventor of modern day air conditioning.
How on earth, did people survive this withering heat before air conditioning?
There are others who did some inventing of air conditioned air and refrigeration. But, this man was the most influential. He was awarded a patent for his invention...which he called "an apparatus for treating air"...way back in 1906. It was mostly used back then in large buildings, like banks and theaters.
But now, it's everywhere. And, we're ALL grateful to him for getting the ball rolling.
We're 58 days of over 100 degrees here in Central Texas (2009), and counting.
So, let's hear it for the man.
Thank you, Mr. Carrier. Thank you.

Stay cool.

Happy Gardening...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Twice is Nice.....

It rained....again!
Two days in a row!

This time it rained hard.  Enough to run into the stone drain....

And down the Rio.  That IS what it's manage the water flow.

It won't be a drought breaker.  Only .63 inches. 
But...we'll take whatever we can get.

Guess we won't be sitting in the swing tonight.
That's ok.  We'll take the rain, instead.

Stay cool.

Happy Gardening...

Monday, July 18, 2011

Woo Hoo!!...

It rained!! 
Not much....only .04 inches, in the rain gauge.

No big deal, you say?  It's a very big deal at Patchwork Garden. 
We have been very dry, and very hot, for very long.

And, it filled two of the rain barrels 2/3 full. 
Now, that IS a big deal.

Hope there's more soon.

Stay cool.

Happy Gardening...

Friday, July 15, 2011

Start of Day....

This is the scene I see, each morning, when I pour a cup of coffee.  The sun comes gently through the trees, in the relative cool of the morning.

It's a comfy place.....a friendly place.

It's a good place to start the day.

Stay cool.

Happy Gardening...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Orange You the Same?...

Are you tired of hearing about my cannas?  I posted a while back, about the one above.

There were two plants in the pot, when we bought these.  I love when that happens.....

Both have the gorgeous striped leaves. 

Well....the second plant bloomed.  It looks a bit different.

Still a pretty bloom.  But, more orange than red, to me.

A mottled orange and yellow.

So, I wonder....will the other plant, with the color block blooms, end up being like this?

Gardening is sometimes like that box of chocolates.  You just never know what you're going to get.

Happy Gardening....

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay.....

Summertime.....and the livin' is....HOT!

Makes me wish I was at the beach.  Breathing in the sea air.  Cooling off with a nice sea breeze.

This guy has the right idea.

Happy Gardening...

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!!

Let Freedom ring!!

Happy 4th of July!