“Oh My Gourd, that Gourd is Gourdeous”

by ESP on June 20, 2015 · 3 comments


We threw a few gourd seeds into this container a few months back and with all the rain they went ballistic.


The first tiny gourds were met with excitement,

when we checked in on them the other day…


…the conversation immediately went to “so what are we going to make with them?”


I did notice that some of the smaller gourds have been cut from the vine this past week and I fear they are not for the creation of tiny tribal drums, decoration, or drinking vessels.


I think you know where I am going with this.

Moving quickly along…


Rain on top of rain on top of rain on top of Lamar Blvd.


It is a good thing these steps had a hand rail.

Pathways have turned into rivers many times over the past few weeks and I cannot recount ever emptying out the rain gauge so many times.


Some things never change even though his dimensions do.


This enormous sun flower had it’s stalk flattened and split by the rain and wind.

It continued to grow and curled around an old cedar stump before shooting up two feet to deliver this impressive flower.














Phytolacca americana

This pokeweed volunteer,

Phytolacca americana


has got very large at the base of my post oak.

I will let the berries mature for the birds.


Seems like yesteryear.

My sago palms have also responded to the moisture influx,


with lots of new growth,


and another one of these to put under my trench coat:



This high-rise came with some permanent residents.

largus nymphs

I guess these two Largus nymphs have not found my ‘Macho Mocha’ mangave yet.


I found this odd looking purple martian-mold earlier this year on an old post oak branch,


and now this striking tan growth, complete with velveteen texture.

These are about as interesting as lichen :-)



“He’s wittering on about mold and lichen again dear!”


See no weevil, hear no weevil, speak no weevil!


Okay, not so much a weevil as a whole bunch of bordered plant bugs (this time largus nymphs).


The adults attacked this plant earlier this year.


What is it with Largus bugs and ‘Macho Mocha’ mangaves?


Stay Tuned For:

“Carry On Camping”


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1 Desert Dweller / David C. June 26, 2015 at 7:55 am

The stairs as waterfall…that’s giving me a water feature design idea. Your rain…hoping you dry out some…gracefully.
To end with a loquat and cypress…this should be good next time.

2 Anne Robinson July 28, 2015 at 7:20 am

What a lovely post! I have a little garden too but I have vegetables and fruits. I love July because my garden is full with delicious stuff! I think that the garden is an absolutely must if you live in a house!

3 katina September 6, 2015 at 8:43 pm

Oh the rain. I miss the rain.

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