Yesterday I was awake when the lightning boomed above our home. Our neighbor mentioned it when I walked Sassy. Net result - almost no rain. But we did not need any more. Today I woke up to heavy rain, the radar predicting several more hours of it.
The lawns are lush and overgrown, and so are the weeds. The crab grass has become a bumper crop. Bushes are sagging and weighted down since the branches are softened by so much water.
Roses like the rain, so they are sprouting new blooms after weathering the Japanese beetle invasion.
I plan on clearing weeds out of sections of the rose garden, one area at a time. Since Bermuda grass is having so much fun, I will gather that and place it in the deep shade to decompose.
Morning Glory demonstrated how annoying it could be, by growing past the fence where Mr. Gardener started it, around the roses along the fence, and into the lawn in our yard. Morning Glory is shallow but persistent as it winds around everything and looks for more sun, growing up, around the roses, and across the surface.
Every season is different. Normally, August is almost devoid of rain here. Last year, fall arrived very late. Now the leaves are starting to fall, and more rain is predicted.
|Brides Dream set me back $5.|
The Rose Catalogues Have Arrived
Three categories of roses dominate my mind:
- The brand new varieties, which are always "in short supply" and priced high. $30 each.
- The reliable ones, which are no so numerous that the prices have been cut. $22 each, sometimes less.
- The left-overs, which are deeply discounted, but sent out very late in the season. $6 each, they are often sent out as "rainbow groups."
| The prolific Easy Does It orange roses|
cost me $6 - and they out-produce every other rose.
- Bee Balm
- Mountain Mint
- Shasta Daisies.