Sunday, August 31, 2014

End of Month Views, August

August is a long month. We went from ample rainfall to drought. Judicious watering has saved most everything. I've mostly stayed inside except when I venture out to water, pick Pears and eat Scuppernongs.

Butterflies continuously visit the Tithonia bed. Gulf Muhly grass at bottom left will bloom in the next month. Crape Myrtles are faithful bloomers, too.

 Chartreuse Alternanthera, Purple Heart, Periwinkles on the end of another bed anchored by 'Lilacina' Crape Myrtles. I added more white Lantana cuttings here and in other places.   

Moving to the Upper Garden by way of rough steps.

At the top of the steps a dry stacked brick wall has 
Begonias. Sentimental Stepping stone in the path. 

Just keeping the Upper Garden watered to keep plants alive 
is a chore. Here, Persian Shield and a seedling Camellia. 
When the weather is cooler I'll pull the Virginia Creeper 
and Crocosmia. Crocosmia got out of hand this year.

Scuppernong grapes are ripening across the field road from the Upper Garden.
Everything along the field road was watered yesterday when Peanut field was watered. An inch and four tenths of irrigation. 

Esperanza and friends were among the plants that got special water.

The dark green band beyond the big pecan tree is Peanuts, with corn beyond.
Corn is ready for harvest and Peanuts will soon be ready for pulling up some green to boil. They're harvested later, mature and dry. 

In the near view is rough meadow grass kept short during snake season.

Joining in the meme at Helen's blog, The Patient Gardener's Weblog End of Month Views. Please visit and join the fun.


  1. Looking great for August. The similarities between our areas is striking to be so far apart.I watch your progress with an eye to my own sandy soil.

  2. You've still got quite a bit of color. I like the chartreuse and purple combination. I gulped when you referred to snake season but I guess the positive view there is that they're not coiled up in waiting year-round.

  3. Thanks, Randy. I got lots of my best ideas from Texas Gardeners and TAMU. I guess 'if it will grow in Texas it will grow here' goes in both directions, excepting your bluebonnets and our Azaleas.

    Kris, I'm about to post a sample of what happens in Snake Season.


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