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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What? Again? No Way!

It rained again!  .06!  Around 8:00 P.M. or about the same time as last evening, we heard the patter of rain on the roof.  Although it only lasted about 5 minutes, it was quite a storm bringing wind, rain, and a few hailstones.  Please keep hoping, wishing, and praying!

Keep Up the Positive Thoughts

On this first day of more stringent watering restrictions, we just received .03 inches of rain.  What a surprise!  That small amount of precipitation certainly won’t affect the drought, but under these conditions, every little bit helps.  Please continue wishing, hoping, and praying for rain.

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