Saturday, July 26, 2014

It is still very hot and very dry here.  I see we are now considered in a mild drought on the maps.

I haven't been doing much outside.  I have had two episodes of muscle spasms in my lower back.  I thought it was using the trimmer, but the second time was after mowing about 30 minutes. 

I am hoping this will be like the polymyalgia rheumatica I had a few years ago and it, too, will disappear and stay gone!

DH will be using the mower for a few days....I know he is thrilled.  He always mows the orchard and part of the he will be doing it all.

I am still dragging the hose to  various places.  Today will be the fruit trees.  I need to pick green beans from the hoophouse.  We have had one tiny tomato and the little grape-type tomatoes by the patio are ripening.

This is a volunteer from last year.  It is sweet as sugar.

The swamp mallow (hibiscus moscheutos) by the kitchen window is in full bloom.  I think there are three different colors here. 

The Cleanup Crew's Work

The Ash Tree Bed is no more:

This had become a sad jumble of ash, euonymous, and various other saplings.  Sadly, I also let them cut a clematis that was almost completely hidden by the jungle.  I doubt it will come back  from the roots but I will water this spot deeply and see what happens.

I did take a before picture with a caption "want it completely gone"; now it is.

Random Animal

not an animal, but couldn't resist snapping a picture of it.  I kept thinking of the song 'there's a little green frog'


  1. Gett'n pretty dry here as well, had to water the fruit trees along with everything else today.
    LOVE the tree frog! We have several living somewhere around the house, every time it get's cool (ha! as if) or overcast, they start peeping up!

  2. Our July has been dry too, but we got 3/4" just last night and more storms predicted. Fingers crossed.
    Glad you're 'clean sweep' campaign forges onward. No frogs here, but I've seen a good number of toads.

    1. Crew (of 2) coming tomorrow to do shop/garage roof. Then I will have to see how much more yard work they will do. Max has lots for them too.

  3. Glenda,

    It's so hot and dry here too. Expecting rain tomorrow and Wednesday.
    The cleaning crew cleaned out the area by the outside couch, will you be making this a sitting area?

    1. Sandy, I am just so relieved to get the work done, I haven't taken time yet to make plans. I do know they will be as low maintenance as possible.

  4. Your garden and plants are so beautiful.

    Thanks for coming by to laugh...that's okay. I like that.