First View, September 2014

August was 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.
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4 Comments

  1. I so enjoy your tours!

  2. I haven’t seen as many butterflies this summer but lots of bumble bees and dragonflies. I can’t keep Persian Shield alive to save myself. Do those begonias (I have some) winter over in the garden like that?

    • Nell Jean

       /  September 1, 2014

      Butterflies were really slow to get plentiful. It’s been so hot that I just decided not to go stand in the sun until one stood still for a pic. We had bumblebees and dragonflies, more dragonflies than I’d ever seen.

      Persian Shield wants to be in good shade and it wants water just before it faints.

      The Begonias are in shade under pine trees and with great drainage along the dry stacked brick wall. They died back to the roots. I was surprised when they put out new growth. They bloomed as long as they had ample rain. I water if I think of it.

    • Thanks for the begonia report. We’ve also had more dragonflies than I’ve ever seen.

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