The First Week of Stage 2

The newspaper had a long article this morning detailing our HOT summer.  The most important facts were:

  1. This has been the hottest summer on record.
  2. We are within two days of setting a record for the most days (69) of temperatures hotter than 100 degrees.
  3. Not one day during the months of June, July, or August was termed cloudy by the National Weather Service.
  4. Since September, 2007, the Central Texas area has had less than one-half of its normal, average precipitation.
  5. The only good news is that La Nina in the Pacific has given way to El Nino, and we usually have wetter than usual fall and winter months when El Nino is in place.

This morning was our watering time, so from midnight until dawn the irrigation system cycled through its program.  The garden looked good under the circumstances.  My roses had put on a good show this week, but the blossoms baked quickly in the hot sun.  The Tecoma stans ( native plant) and the Durantia (a tropical non-native) continue their yellow and purple riot of color.  A few daylilies, the Pavonia (rock roses), Ruellias (Mexican petunias), and a few other odds and ends are blooming.

I discovered some new things on my “tour” this morning.  The Beauty Berries have turned purple. Beauty Berry

New bloomers: The Autumn Clematis that I planted last summer,  an unidentified fall lily, and the white plumbago.

Autumn Clematis

Autumn Clematis

White Plumbago

White Plumbago

Fall lily

Fall Lily

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2 Comments

  1. Phyllis Vail said,

    August 31, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    The Beauty Berries in North Carolina (dwarf) have also turned purple. No matter how much I prune back the bush, it continues to reach out its branches like a huge umbrella. It may be a dwarf variety, but it is graceful and very showy right now. It is nice to see something come to life when so many other plants are fading.

  2. Sherry Crickmer said,

    September 1, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Funny, the Beauty Berries in my yard are still in the small, green stage. It doesn’t seem like our home is that much further north, but I guess just a few miles makes a difference. Hopefully, they will put on a show by this weekend.
    I have not watered since that wonderful rain last Thursday. The wind whipped up really strong and we had a great downpour for about 15 minutes. Ah, but this afternoon I will make the journey around the yard with the sprinklers. I am blessed to not live in the city limits of Austin, so am not restricted on the days or times that I water. However, the water district bills do take a toll!


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