The trees in the woods have all leafed out in their best dresses of green and they sway in the hot blowing wind that has come to us during this time in May. It is 102 today. At this time, the air has a sweet fragrance of honey from the mesquite tree blossoms.
We have gone months with no rain........yet, we are used to this......we have lived in this climate all of our lives. Through the dry and the heat , the trees, wild flowers , and prairie come to life, showing off their colors of green, pink, yellow, purple.
The wildlife have also started coming to the grounds in search of water more than for something to nibble on. I give up my comfy cool spot where I sew in the late afternoon, and get brave enough to go outside to drag the heavy water hose around to my flower gardens and to fill water trays for the wild birds and wild creatures to drink.
I startled a coachwhip snake the other afternoon and it slithered up a tree, eyeing me as I watered the ground beneath it. It was patient enough for me to take photo after photo........
but just as anyone else would be of constant pestering .......it's patience ran out and as you can see from this photo........it was time to turn off the camera and to say goodbye.
Another visitor has started coming into the yard, just before sundown. One that we really do not want to stay because of it's temperament. Wild hogs are mean and destructive and usually run in large packs.
This hog however has been alone each time we see it.....only wanting to eat the remaining feed off of the ground and to enjoy a drink of water.
My husband has already scared it away 2 times.........hopefully it will stay away.
I still work in my "dry garden" and many of the round devil's claw cactus I dug up and transplanted have done so well and the garden is slowly starting to take form.
on the other side of the path, I have cement pumpkins and leaves that I made one year from my pumpkin patch
My husband made a bottle tree to add color to the dry garden. It is so pretty in the late afternoon when the sun shines through the bottles.
Since I am working on this space by myself and with my hands,
the work and the garden will take a long time to ever complete the way
I have it pictured in my head. But most importantly,
I am enjoying the process no matter how long it takes.
The only type of cactus I enjoy growing is the round "pincushion"devil's claw.
It is easy to handle and blooms beautifully.
Many of the cacti are in large containers. They grow better and are safe from rats.
This one devil's claw I have grown for 6 years. I dug it up when it was only about 2 inches round, now it is 8 inches round and lovely.
I gathered seeds from this cactus last year and planted the seed in a garden container. Many of the seeds have sprouted and are now growing into little cacti. It takes a long time for them to grow big and round. They start out tall and skinny,
and then start forming a round ball.
At this time are you enjoying working out in your gardens or watching the wildlife that come to visit you? Perhaps you are just enjoying staying in the shade or the cool of your home?
I hope this finds that no matter where you are, that you are having pleasant weather and pleasant days.