Thursday, August 16, 2012

August 16, 2012- Change

Change. On August 4 we finally got some rain. The total was 1.8 inches. We have received a third of an inch twice sine then, spaced out every 3-4 days. I have temporarily rolled up the hose in the front yard. The brown grass in the neighborhood is greening up. I should explain something about the lack of rain in July. The monthly total was .26 of an inch. There was 0 rain for the first 24 days of the month. On the day I wrote but did not post the entry below for July 29, we received .03. It was a great .03 however. And the weather has cooled considerably. We have had days this week where the high temperatures were only in the 70’s. A cool front is coming through today and there is a 49 in the forecast. Actually it has come through in the 30 minutes since I have been up this morning. Let me say a few things about the garden. We have been about a month a head of normal for most of the year. The daylilies bloomed in June. The lilium were remarkably strong in July, particularly given the temperatures and lack of rain. But I did water a lot. I can only be thankful that the city water supply was good so we had no watering restrictions. Now we are in August and this is the slow time, even normally. The potted plants are good. I will write separately about crotons, something I am quite excited about. But for now, and to get this posted, I will limit my comments to one more thing. On Saturday, while I was doing regular yard maintenance- that means weeding- I discovered a bud on a plant in the backyard. This would not be remarkably except for the fact that it was a plant I have had for 5-8 years without it ever blooming. It was/is a night blooming cereus. I experienced the excitement that mostly occurs in March when you discover that plant that wasn’t there the day before. Later that day I remembered that I had a second one of these plants. It was in the front yard. I went and looked at it. It had a bud too. How really remarkable. The same plant, in a different part of the yard, which also had never bloomed before, had its biological clock triggered by the same forces, resulting in a flower. Now 5 days later the buds are bigger. I really expect it to bloom one of the next few nights. I will let you know the results. For now here is a picture of the buds.

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