“In the good old summertime, in the good old summertime.
Strolling through the shady lanes with your baby mine.
You hold her hand, and she holds yours,
and that’s a very good sign.
That she’s your tootsie-wootsie,
in the good old summertime.”
This song comes from the Tin Pan Alley group of New York City music publishers and songwriters that started in 1885 and went through the early 1900’s. It was originally the name for a specific area in the Flower District of Manhattan.
These are the small palm tree looking stalks that forecast the blooming of Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius). In spite of the name, they are drought tolerant. The stalks will reach 7 feet with small sunflowers by the end of August.
Barn Swallows are pretty birds that look for a ledge where they build a nest of mud, grasses, twigs, etc. The birds stand on these ledges and poop all over whatever is beneath that ledge. They also return to the same nesting area each year. This includes their young as adults. Swooping in low, they almost run into your head.
Because the population had increased so much and nested under our covered front and back patios, there was always a mess on the floor. So, we hired a carpenter to eliminate the ledges.
What a mess to clean up.
“There is nothing I like better at the end of a hot summer’s day than taking a short walk around the garden. You can smell the heat coming up from the earth to meet the cooler night air.” Peter Mayle