Saturday, October 15, 2016
wallowing in beauty instead of the gutter
The pecan trees have started dropping mature nuts. I've been getting about a double handful a day for the last week-ish. I don't think it's going to be a large crop because looking up in the trees I'm not seeing a lot of nuts up there and of the ones I've collected at this point most are smaller than normal though they seem to be fully mature. Any crop will be better than last year when we didn't get a single pecan, nor did anyone in the area.
The native at the back of the property has been dropping mature nuts for weeks now and I've got nearly a bucketful of them. They're too small for me to mess with shelling though they are said to have the best flavor. They're in big demand in Asia and so I will sell these.
Minnie, our dog the size of a cat, knows what I'm hunting for and hunts for them too. She'll bring them in the house as we find them all over. The other day, Marc and Minnie were out in the yard. When he came in and sat down she followed. He knew she had something in her mouth, suspected it was a pecan, and then she put this down at his feet.
A perfectly shelled pecan with only slight damage to the meat.
The cooler weather of 'fall' and by that I mean our highs are in the 80s and not the 90s has brought out the fall cycle of blooms. Some of my plantings are maturing and so this year I am having many butterflies in the yard and of various kinds. This makes me so happy as it was rare to see one when we moved out here. My yard in the city had been mature for years and I missed that. This shrub, a native sun and drought tolerant perennial that I can never remember the name of, is one of my favorites and one of my disappointments. I thought it was supposed to bloom all summer and it does send out those long bloom stalks all summer long but none of the little pink flowers ever peek out. It does bloom gloriously in the spring and fall though and the butterflies love it. I guess being planted against the west side of the concrete bunker is a little too hot for it.
I planted a native passion flower vine that has been disappointing in that I never see it bloom but it has proved a hatchery for fritillaries and something else as I've seen two kinds of caterpillars on it.
Between the shop yard and my yard with all the bee and butterfly plantings I've been adding there, I'm seeing the aforementioned fritillaries, swallowtails, sulfurs yellow and white, long wings, monarchs, a queen, a hairstreak, a couple of crescents.
Other things blooming...rangoon creeper,
morning glory bush, plumbago, yellow bells,
toad lily, mistflower,
periwinkles, the ever blooming penta, the white and purple phillipine violets,
and the yellow trumpet flower is putting on a mass of buds.
Oh, and this was our sky the other night.