Here/ between day and fall of night/ thunder’s tease-no rain.
©Nancilynn Saylor 23 July 2017
That was the name of a favorite movie of mine
starring George C. Scott. Well done story about
a group of people with mental illness.
These are my Elephant Ear Caladiums,Giant Colocasia They also
are growing to be giants this year. The plants have been
moved to various spots in my yard on three separate occasions;
they are about 23 years old. The trunk of this particular
plant is about 10 inches around and taller than me. The fence
is six feet tall to give an idea of the scale.
Scattered throughout my yard are vines and plants
suitable for feeding visiting butterflies. In some years
I have nearly no Passion Vine flowers or Milkweed.
This year, I have lots of flowers and seeing butterflies
are more rare. As we do not poison our land I suspect
the culprits responsible are elsewhere in the area.
My Passion Vine, one of nearly 500 plants in the
Passiflora genus, Passiflora Incarnata or commonly
called Maypop, is usually foot for the caterpillars Gulf
Fritillary and Zeba Long wing.. I have seen very few of either
this year. I would gladly sacrifice some blooms for butterflies.
The Zebra Longwing Butterfly.( photo from Internet,I have seen it in both black and white
and yellow and black…it also loves cucumbers, of which I have many.
It was already hot this morning when I went to the garden.
The high temperature all week is predicted to be in the upper 90s
to nearly 100. Factoring in the ever present humidity means I will not be out
side very much after the noon hour. A rain shower now would only make things stickier.
I have friends in L.A. and Phoenix- they are experiencing much worse
heat…and it is life threatening in those areas. Many homes have limited air-conditioning
so I will try hard not grumble and instead pray for relief for everyone.
I read that this is the hottest beginning to a summer in history.
Some say it is global warming, I say climate change,
either way we will all look forward to some cooler days.
That will not be until October here in Central Texas.
I might as well get a big pitcher of iced tea ready
and turn all the fans to high now!