Rain, Rain, Rain! So far, rainfall this month has been 11 inches. To put that into prospective: the average yearly rainfall here is 27 inches. The total for 2017 was 19 inches. So yikes, there’s flooding. But it’s not as desperate here as it in some Texas towns, like Llano.
The temperatures have fallen in the last week to high 30’s. Normally at this time, it’s still in the 90’s. Some Halloweens, poor trick or treaters sweat under their costumes. This year they may shiver.
The berries on the Pistachio trees precedes the leaves turning orange. Pistachio gets bad press because they ‘re native to China. But they do great here. Love them.
In between some of the earlier rains, we walked out to one of the ponds. This Button Bush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) caught my eye. These bushes are in the same family as coffee bushes and are native to southern and eastern U. S. This and all the other ponds are now flowing over their banks.
In spite of the crazy temperatures and abundant rain, many flowers are still blooming in the yard. This Purple Oxalis (Oxalis regnelliihas) has survived many years in a pot, which is taken inside for the winter. The common name of Shamrock comes from the shape of the leaves.
Thornless Crown of Thorns is a beauty with blooms that last from spring until it freezes. Since it is not cold hardy, it goes into the shed. This one is much more human friendly since it doesn’t bring blood if you get near it.
Large group of Gomphrena in the back draws the eye to their direction.
Blue Porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensisis) is native throughout the Caribbean, so it’s more tropical than our area location but does well in a container. I like the long stems with small flowers. Beside it is a Kalanchoe and a Spider Plant with two Boston Ferns in the back.
We normally moan about the heat and lack of rain. It’s definitely been an early wet fall.
“Everyone wants happiness. Nobody wants pain. But you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.” unknown