Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Social Pages Say I've Got The Biggest Balls Of All

Cotton balls, that is. Any other balls I may possess are strictly metaphorical in nature.

I've been documenting the growth of the cotton plants in the farmer's field behind my house. You can see past photos here and here.

This is what the field looks like right now. I love all the orangey-reds in the leaves.

Now for some pics from my yard...

A cardinal stopping by for a snack.

My honeysuckle is still popping out blooms. Hence, the hummingbirds are still around. That's a month later than they stayed last year. Saw one yesterday.

My mum plants are ENORMOUS. I have two in the back garden, this is one of them.

I really like the way the buds look when they're about to burst open :)

The back garden looks pretty much the same as when I showed it to you last month. Someone should really take that dead lily stalk out of there.

*looks over shoulder*

Really. Will someone please get that? Anyone?


And here's a truly scary sight, just in time for Halloween...

I'm such a lazy ass. But no one can see this atrocity but me. And that's only if I choose to open the blinds in my bedroom.

My okame cherry has filled back out with all that rain. Just in time for it to re-drop the leaves for the winter. *sigh* Love that dark, satiny bark though.

I wish my neighbour's boat wasn't in every shot of that tree. I'm just going to start telling people that it's my boat.

Last year my crepe myrtle leaves turned a fiery red-orange, and stayed that way for about a month before dropping the leaves. This year, most of the leaves are dropping without turning colour.

My poor butterfly bush got uprooted during the storms. It's only half uprooted though, so it's still growing. But it doesn't want to behave when I try and pull it back this way.

Toad lilies are going all out.

Some of the ageratum I had planted in the spring survived the temps of the summer, and bounced back.

More mums.

Some petunias. Man, I love the smell of those things. And they do really well as long as I water them every couple of days. No fuss.

And my holly bush is now covered in bright red berries!

I love it, it just looks so Christmassy!

Oh shit, I just said the C-word!

Oh shit!I just said shit!

I'm sorry!

Not really.

What a mood I'm in today, eh?

I might as well include the pics of the storms we had. I'm never going to get around to writing a blog about it.

I will say that it made my life hell at work, because I spent an entire shift trying to find enough garbage cans to catch all the leaks in the store. And that night I couldn't get home from work, because the flooding was so bad in my area that the police blocked off every route in, including all four lanes of the highway. Had to sleep on a generous co-worker's couch. Sucked. SUCKED.

The ibises loved it. Bastards.

How come pics of rain never turn out to look as bad as the weather actually is?

My neighbour's 10 year old apple tree was uprooted completely. It's still sitting in the neighbour's driveway because they don't know what to do with it. (they're just renting the house)

My house is at least up on a little higher ground than some in the area. These are pics my friend Jennifer (who lives just down the road) took at her house. Much more dramatic looking...

Her house looks like it's got a moat.

The weather THIS week has been bitchin'. Sunny. Comfortably warm. Nice cool breeze. Best. Vacation. Ever. And I still have 5 days!


Becca's Dirt said...

You still have lots of blooms there. Don't hate when a plant gets blown over it's determined it is not going to look like it did before it fell over. That is a lot of rain. Wish we had some of that here. No rain in about 8 wks.

Zoe said...

Ha! I too have that neighbor's-boat-in-the-background problem when I try to take pictures of my fruit trees. I spend a lot of time contorting myself to avoid it. It used to make me mad, but now it makes me sad - I think of it as "the blue boat of forsaken dreams," because my neighbor works so much overtime he has not, in years, had a free day to take his boat out.

I love your toad lilies! I think I should get some.

Al said...

Its been wet down this way too.
Up North in QLD they are talking about the worst floods since 1974.
I would cut the butterfly bush back hard so it isn't so top heavy. They usually bounce back really well.

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

Love the shots of the cotton! I wish that grew near me... very cool.

The Idiot Gardener said...

I'm loving that dead shit in the wooden troughs. Way to go!

Now, whilst your vacation might be getting good weather, it will turn bad, and do you know why?

I CANNOT believe you said the bloody C word!

I had a serious sense of humour failure in a supermarket the other day, because they'd moved the anchovies to make way for bloody C-crap! It's bloody October. What is wrong with people?

Kyna said...

Becca: I wished for rain too. It got me a night on someone's couch lol. I understand what you're saying though, our summer was so hot and dry too.

Zoe: Chuck and I always say we're going to get a boat someday. Nothing fancy at all, just something to tool around in our waterway down here. We've already picked out a name. But I like 'blue boat of forsaken dreams'...sounds very Anne of Green Gables-esque. :D

Al: Thanks for the plant advice. I was thinking I'd definitely have to do that. It's just procrastionation...because I hate dealing with the trimmings afterwards lol.

Dirty Girl: Yep, it is pretty cool, isn't it? I never thought I'd be living next to a cotton field lol.

IG: No one does dead plants like I do! can I be bothered to take that stuff out where there's one or two blooms still being squeezed out? ;)

About the c-word...we've had c-themed books out since the end of September. When I get back from vacation, I'm responsible for planning out where every one of the holiday displays goes in the store. And then in two short weeks, we 'set' for holiday. And then the mayhem starts!

Tweedlebug said...

I'm so jealous of your holly! I planted some when I started gardening, but it was just not the right climate zone. I did get berries one year, but both of them just got so windburned that there were no leaves let alone berries. One just up and died, while the other lingered for awhile until I put it out of its misery. Serves me right for the wishful thinking that led me to plant such out-of-zone plants anyhow.

Byddi- We didn't come here for the grass... said...

That rain looks bad...Great opportunity to use that neighbor's boat though!

Rosey said...

Get out your fishing pole! I bet you could catch your dinner.
The holly is beautiful!