Thursday, August 16, 2012

There's no place like home.

I love these morning glories!!

There’s no place like home. <click click> There’s no place like home.

After most of three weeks on the road, we are settled in back home, awaiting the start of the school year.  We spent two weeks in Colorado (oh, those 45 degree mornings!) followed by a week touring southeast Texas visiting relatives.

Unloading the car after the Colorado portion, I looked around my woods, and thought, “Something’s missing.” I promptly realized it was the tall trees and mountains that I had been looking up to for the past 10 days.

Note from Colorado:  Did I mention we saw a bear? Pretty exciting stuff for us life-long Texans! Luckily we did not see him in our tent (!), but he was fairly close to our campsite, loping across the road in front of our car at straight up noon. I always thought this would be the perfect way to see a bear – when I’m in my car and he’s not.

Trusty summer bloomers - flame acanthus
(Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii).
Note from southeast Texas:  Do you know that people in southeast Texas use sprinklers to water lawns? I find I am mesmerized by sprinklers clicking and spraying water, not to mention by green lawns. Neither of these things is common in my neck of the woods.

The day after we drove north a huge storm delivered over two inches of rain. We came home to a tattered jungle. The rain powered a huge growth spurt, and then the heat put the whammy on all that new growth.

Bit by bit, I am watering and mowing. It’s too hot to do much out there (at or near 100 degrees each afternoon). But I will reclaim my yard, and slowly shape things up for the cooler weather to come.

I've featured these bachelor buttons (Gomphrena globosa 'Fireworks')
before - but they just keep blooming and spreading!

We had some casualties of our vacation:  we are down to two chicks out of the 12 we had before we left.  We’re not sure how they met their demise, though my husband did find and dispose of a 3.5-foot rat snake in the chicken coop.

This Brazilian rock rose
(Pavonia braziliensis)
piggybacked its way into
my garden.
(Truly, it’s a wonder chickens as a species have survived.  You may have read this here before, but let me reiterate: Chickens are not bright.)

Vacations are wonderful, and I do love the mountains, but I am glad to be home and am eager to resume my dispatches from the hill.

And no, Aunt Em, it was definitely not a dream!

As for wildflowers, the white heliotrope (Heliotropium 
tenellum) continue to steal the show. These are beside
my driveway and have gotten no supplemental water.

Now for my Garden Bloggers Bloom Day report:

Thanks to that rain a month ago, my summer stalwarts are blooming. Things are hot and dry, but are a whole lot better than this time last year!  Hope you enjoy my blooms!

The flame-leaf sumac (Rhus lanceolata) is blooming and setting fruit. I've never noticed how lovely the berries are at this stage - then again, these might be the buds.
I happened to catch a bee enjoying the blossoms on the same tree.

Stop by May Dreams Gardens to see what’s blooming in a variety of other gardens.


  1. Chickens and sheep. I swear they both come from the dumb family.

    1. Nobody should have both. It could cause a metldown i the barnyard.

  2. Gorgeous morning glories. Fantastic picture. I can't believe you saw a bear in the middle of the day. Haven't got to see the Colorado mountains in two summers! (Sigh) glad you had fun.

    1. Thanks, Ava! I only get to go every other year - not quite enough for me!

  3. Lovely photos as always! It's quite a year for white heliotrope. I don't remember them being so numerous in years past. And I think your words about chickens are too kind. Bless their hearts.

    1. I think you're right - good year for the white heliotrope. And chickens - yes, bless their hearts.

  4. White heliotrope? Why don't I have any of that over here? Oh, yeah....9 million deer. We don't have many wildflowers at all.

    Sorry about your chickens. I've notice that they really aren't very bright.

    I'm jealous you got to the mountains AND saw a bear.

    Hope we get the rain they're forecasting. Have a great weekend.

    1. Rain? Really? As always, I'll believe it when I see it!

      Yes, your area is certainly overrun with deer. It's a good thing they're pretty.

  5. Glad you had a nice trip...and glad you got some rain! Love the Gomphrena!