They Might Be Giants



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.



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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.

First day of Summer



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!