This is one Mean Old Lady!

This is one Mean Old Lady!
Self-portrait: 'Quilter on Fire'

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Yard in August

The first week of August was a continuation of the dreadful heat wave and drought...but at last some rains fell--so welcome and refreshing.  The response was immediate--greening lawns, fresh flushes of flowers, and plants given up for dead assuring us of the resurrection.

Portulaca is both a bedding and a container plant.

Evidence of drought marks the rejuvenated dogwood.

CREPE myrtles tower from 10 to 15 feet beside the pool.

The emerald ash-borer is a pest--but so pretty.  

Oregano is a spreading perennial here....but struggled in the drought.

Surprise lily-- a gift of my BFF from 2nd grade!
This is the only plant that liked the conditions.

More surprise lilies on the way.  Mary Jane was my first friend in Fort Smith, and we have been in touch for 57 years of
friendship and sharing.  These bulbs came from her family garden in Fort Smith, following her dear Mother's death.
 God alone knows what the blogspot program will do with this post.  It has no rhyme or reason that I can discern, but I hope you can see the renewed flowering in my yard, which gives me such joy.  The 'happy tree' is a mango (grown from a seed) that clearly loves the heat and humidity.
It lives inside each winter.


  1. Doesn't that mango need to have its crown clipped to make it branch? Or will it branch naturally even in "captivity"? We have a key lime tree in a pot that comes in every winter. It branched naturally, but it never got too tall. We occasionally get fruit from it, but most of the fruit it set this spring and summer seems to have fallen off.

  2. I actually have no clue--but I think our daughter has my 'After Dinner Gardening Book,' so maybe I can look it up next time we visit. It IS getting rather tall (three fresh rounds of leaves this summer!) I need to repot, but worry it is going to be too heavy...


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