End of Season for Some

With summer’s heat dragging on, some plants give their last sigh.  Summer is definitely not over yet, but its toll can be seen in the yard.

rosemoss5This picture was taken just before this Rose Moss (Portulaca grandiflora) wilted.  This pot is on the front porch on the north side of the house.  Each year I replant it with Rose Moss.

Such an easy plant because it likes the heat, sun and needs little water.

rosemoss3If I really wanted to keep it for the following year, it could probably be carried into the shed, and it would survive.  But it’s relatively inexpensive to buy small pots of it.  Or it can be cultivated from seed.

caladiumCaladiums are also easier to replace than save each year.  They like the heat but can’t tolerate direct sun.  So place them under a tree or in another shady area.  They also need regular water.

caladium2In the spring, Caladiums perk up a bare spot on the porch or anywhere.  I usually alternate colors each year.  Next year I’ll look for one in the red tones.

If you want to save Caladiums for the next year, the tubers must be dug up before they lose their color.  There are other specific steps involved.  I have never tried to save them because it sounds like a lot of trouble.  But if I wanted a large mass of Caladiums, it might be more economical.

crazyfrogsThis picture is just for grins.  Leave’em laughing, as they say.

These two bikers were in front of an antique store in San Sabe.  I resisted the temptation to buy them for yard art.  I figured that they would be laying on the ground most of the time because of our strong wind.  But seeing them gave me a chuckle.

“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.”  Langston Hughes

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