Plants, Seeds and Rain

This has been a sad summer for anything growing outside here on the farm.

I planted three leyland cypress trees along our fenceline with the hopes of seperating the farm from the neighborhood next door.

And two of them have died and one is sitting on the fence trying to decide whether to give up or not.

I took this picture around the first of August.

 

As you can see the grass was still green and growing.

Now it is all brown and crunchy.

No walking outside barefoot.

Instead of the cool grass tickling your toes you’ll have dead things stabbing your feet.

Oooch…ouch…ooch…ouch.

I have replanted them and have high hopes that they will survive.

I have a third leyland cypress still in its pot waiting to see if the third one already planted will give up the ghost or not.

I’ve had this aloe vera plant for severl years.

 It overcrowded its pot and began to grow long. I think the window that I moved it to did not provide enough sunlight.

I seperated and transplanted into several pots.

I didn’t have much hope for that one pictured above, but I planted it anyway.

And this is what it gave me.

Once those became established I snipped off the long leggy stalks and threw them out.

I’ve kept a close eye on it and it is growing beautifully.

Last year, I grew Rose Moss. I think some people call it Moss Rose.

Either way, I kept the seeds from it.

See that little black round thing in the center?

That is where the seeds are. They are very tiny.

I sprinkled them over the soil in this pot then covered it with a thin layer of soil and watered.

I took that picture back in May when it was just getting stared.

I haven’t taken any pictures of it since.

I know…..I should be pistol whipped.

It did grow nicely over the summer and had pretty yellow blooms.

I expected there to be red and white blooms as well as yellow like last year, but there was only yellow.

Guess that was the only color I kept seeds from.

I’ll pay better attention next time.

I imagine by now you are sick of hearing that it is too hot and too dry.

Right?

Well, this weekend…

WE GOT RAIN!!!

Finally!!

It’s supposed to hang around for a few days, too.

Yay!!

And the heat has moved along, too.

Did you know that we broke records this year in the southeast?

The record in my area was 88 consecutive days of 90 degrees or higher.

Not only did we beat that but we have set temperature records also.

Click here, to read a little about it.

Friday, they announced we were officially in drought conditions.

 The temperature has dropped about 15 degrees from Saturday to Sunday. The weather changes always amaze me. According to the 10 day forcast, it is supposed to be in the 70’s everyday.

It is a welcome change.

We have needed relief from the heat as well as needed precipitation.

The rain finally came and I think fall has arrived.

It’s time to think “HALLOWEEN”!

Happy Monday!!!

 

Ant Graveyards and Dust Bowls

I found another rainbow!

It’s a windsock type thing I found at a local store that specializes in yard art and yard bird supply. Chirp and Chatter.

You know me and rainbows and hot air balloons! It was a little pricey but I just had to have it.

Wish I could buy some rain! We need it here desperately. We have had drought conditions for over a year.

Below are some pictures showing you just how bad we need rain.

This is from my yard.

Notice the lack of grass.

Driving down the highway, I noticed this wiper had forgotten how to work correctly. Every few seconds, it would swipe across the license plate.

Driving past this construction site along the highway…

We were met with this dust cloud. This was a Saturday evening, they weren’t even running the heavy equipment.

The ants are driving everyone mad! They are in everyones house, searching for water. They are in places there is no water. Just searching.

And speaking of ants…what do you think they do with their dead?

They bury them in my yard, is what they do with them.

Think about this.

We live on top of the ground and we bury our dead under the ground.

Ants live under the ground and they bury their dead on top of the ground.

Strange, huh?

There are little piles of dead ants all over the farm.

Remember when I told you about the ant dude coming to my house to rid me of those determined little critters?

I have seen a few, here and there. But they curl up and die quickly. Yippee! I am rid of those pesky little things, atleast for now.

This is a river I cross over everday going to and from work. Notice all those rocks? They should be under water and not be seen.

Yes, it’s very dry. We have water restrictions. The car washes are closed. Beautifully manicured lawns are now brown. People with wells, worry about them going dry.

Please, pray it will rain in the southeast. And if you are in an area that is getting too much rain, send some our way!