Saturday, September 28, 2019

still summer

The mosquitos are so bad out there you just can't be outside for more than about 5 minutes. Nevertheless, we got out there Thursday and Marc cut up the five fallen limbs of the pecan tree while I loaded them in the garden cart and picked up the hundred other small to medium dead branches scattered about the yard (three mature pecan trees drop a lot of branches especially when someones us just lets them accumulate), then into the truck and drove it over to the burn pile and tossed it out. Three loads. 

A very big chunk of the biggest limb is still lodged in the crook of the tree. We're not sure quite how to get it down without it crushing the azaleas which I would not like at all.

The impetus to finally deal with the branches is because the backyard needs to be mowed and not just to help cut down on the mosquitoes but also because the mature pecans are starting to fall and I can't see them in the tall grasses and weeds.

The heat is stubbornly refusing to go away, the humidity is fierce, and the weather peeps say it may be the second or third week of October before we get anything even resembling a cool front and by that they mean highs in the 80˚s.

Year before last I think, one of the members of the garden club brought a box of mixed and unlabeled bulbs for the taking. I selected five and put them in pots so I could keep track of them. Early last spring one of them bloomed and it was a jonquil. Two others have grown enough that I'm pretty sure they are crinum lilies but they're still too young to bloom so I have no idea what color or kind they are. A couple of days ago the last two with no foliage evident started sending up bloom stalks.

More pics from the yard...

one of the fringe flower trees decided to bloom

a daylily at the end of September

oh those late summer lazy days either that or it's even too damn hot for  grasshoppers

the porterweed finally sent up a couple of bloom stalks

and, not in the yard because she's smarter than that, the mosquitos just swarm her when she goes out, one of Minnie

her work here is done saving us all from small stuffed toys.


  1. Good job, Minnie!
    Oh god. I hate picking up those tiny twiglets that always result from branches falling or being cut. It's such a tedious job. I'm sure you're glad you got it all done though. Three loads! Damn!
    That grasshopper looks exhausted. I'm sure it is. Same here with the heat although we haven't gotten enough rain to hatch a mosquito. I think those eggs can last for centuries though so we'll get them eventually.

  2. I wonder what happened to my comment, unless I just x'd out before I published, as an old boss used to say. "Just X out of this screen."
    I think the grasshopper supervisor should be notified.
    I ordered all my bulbs over the weekend, to start the great bulb in pot experiment soon. It was difficult to find a nursery that sells bulbs in small quantities!

  3. I bet you were sore after all that work. I love the picture of the grasshopper taking a break.

  4. That porterweed is so interesting. Bravo for getting those limbs taken care of!

  5. That grasshopper is priceless! I am jealous of all your bloom. We just had the first autumn storm and the leaves have begun to fall.

  6. I think that MAYBE we're finally starting to cool down some? Although the high on Thursday is still 90 degrees, so maybe not all that cool. We need rain desperately. It's been drizzling today - maybe it will enjoy that so much that we'll have a nice downpour?

    I love your flowers - a nice bonus for the season lasting too long.


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