Monthly Archives: August 2012

Rain at last!

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Poured rain last night, re-filling the water barrels (one of which was getting rather nervously low, and the other of which I couldn’t use because it was full of tadpoles.) Thank god. We needed rain. (Not as badly as the Midwest does, but badly enough. Some of my newer plants were growing crispy-fried in the yard.)

Figuring that it was August, and I had just finished a novella (or maybe a novel, I don’t know, it may grow in editing)  I went off to the one Really Big Nursery and took advantage of their huuuuge sale on annuals to get a couple of flats by way of celebration.

Some of you in other climes are undoubtedly staring at the screen going “Planting annuals in AUGUST?” Dude. Last year we had asters flowering in JANUARY. I had a couple of annual verbenas actually overwinter. August is barely halfway through the season. So I got some interesting cuphea, which is a tropical critter that can handle our pitiless humidity and a bunch of native annual sages, plus a couple of annual coreopsiseses. And I had a pleasant morning planting them all out in a light rain.

Now, back to the grindstone…

Found On Water Barrel

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Gray Tree Frog

 

This handsome fellow was hanging out on my water barrel. This is the same water barrel that is inexplicably full of tadpoles. There are Many Fewer Tadpoles Now.

I have a suspicion that he might be involved. But that’s okay. At least the tadpoles are being useful. (I have transferred as many to the pond as possible, but the remaining few are avoiding the Official Tadpole Transferring Pitcher.*) The alternative is that they expire in the water barrel or somehow grow to froghood on a near-nonexistant food supply, and I was feeling kinda guilty about them.

The gray tree frog seems to think that a water barrel is THE place to hang out during a hot day, since it’s damp and shady, so I’ve been leaving the top cracked for him to get in and out.

 

*I am not allowed to use it in the house anymore.