rejectomorph (flying_blind) wrote,


A few thin clouds have been hanging around today and piling into thunderheads over the mountains, but I've heard no thunder and I expect no more rain. The nights have felt like autumn, but the days are still stuck in summer. I did do the first raking of the year this afternoon, and got a good-sized pile of leaves, but it was too warm to do more than half the back lawn.

The oaks are shedding pretty fast now, but the walnut and mulberry are clinging to their foliage, the mulberry quite tenaciously. In a couple of weeks the walnut will begin dropping both nuts and leaves, but the mulberry probably won't let its leaves go in any great numbers until October. The walnut crop doesn't look as large as last year's. Most likely it's because I didn't water the back lawn as much as I did last year, and the tree gets most of its summer water from what the grass lets sink into the soil.

The oleanders could use more water, too. They have lost all their blossoms, though plants in other yards nearby are still blooming. But oleanders are water hogs, and as they produce nothing I value I'm loath to squander water on them. I'd rather water the trumpet vine, which produced a handful of flowers this year despite being only two years from having gone through a near-death experience when the guy building the new fence dug out all but a part of the root. I was amazed and delighted when a few shoots burst from the ground last year and began climbing the fence. There were no flowers last year, but this year some of the tendrils have reached the top of the fence, and two of them produced small clusters of blossoms. I'm hoping that next year the plant will be covered in flowers as it used to be before it was ripped out.

There are some hot days ahead, though thankfully not as hot as those of August. They will be noticeably shorter, too, and the nights should be cool enough. I might not like September, but I can probably survive it. If we get a couple more rainstorms, I might even come close to enjoying it.

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