|September, 2007 A Change is in the Air - Finally|
|The end of September brings something we haven't seen in months - clouds.|
|The mystery tree has been identified as a
Mulberry. The interesting thing about this is that a White
Mulberry can have up to three different leaves on the same tree.
Needless to say, this caused some confusion.
Unfortunately, this tree cannot stay in the wild flower bed.
|I hacked it down to a more manageable size, dug it out and transplanted it out into the indian burial ground. One of these days something is actually going to grow out there.|
|The roses finally got a breather. Iceberg is starting to come on strong.|
|Playboy, one of the less hardy roses actually survived the heat wave and has been putting out some very nice blooms.|
|Angel Face, a Walmart special, survived. John F. Kennedy, another Walmart special, croaked as soon as it got hot.|
|This is a potted rose and it thrived this summer. There is some debate as to what to do with it over winter....bring it inside or plant it.|
|Gold Finches have been hitting the feeder sock hard these last few days. A harbinger of an early winter?|
|The raised beds were so-so this year. The artichoke plant actually put out a few artichokes. Not really big enough for the dinner plate though. I wonder if this is a perennial.|
|Still have no clue what this is. I finally cut one open out of curiosity. It looked like an immature winter squash. The flesh was very thin. Maybe it is the result of some strange cross-pollination or it is a gourd after all.|
|The pots are making a comeback - the double walled ones in particular.|
|This cactus is one of the new additions. It has a couple new pads and is doing well. It would be nice to see this one survive the winter.|
|This smaller opuntia has really grown. It looks like one nasty customer. I think this is one of the hybrids which puts out bronzish colored blooms.|
|This relatively thornless addition appears to be a rapid grower as well. It looks like it has a more upright growth habit which means it better be tough.|
|The large opuntia pictured here seems th think it is in cactus heaven. Very large pads, with thorns to match. Another new addition.|
|One year later, these transplanted babies are thriving. They put out some very nice reddish purple blooms. Anyone interested in one? A smaller, slower spreading cactus.|
|And the trash pile grows larger. There are
piles of cacti. to burn this winter - the result of a planning problem.
My largest cacti is (was) under a large
Cottonwood tree. In fall, leaves would bury the cactus.
Ever tried to get leaves out of cactus?
At any rate over the years the decomposing leaves formed a mulch, which ended up rotting out the center of the cactus, which caused the resulting pile.
|Walking around the yard, one frequently finds abandoned nests of quail eggs. There were 25 eggs in this one.|
|All kinds of interesting sights can be found outside when the weather cools down.|