Our temperatures is what I mean! Right now (noonish) it is 72, partly cloudy, a little windy, and humid! I can feel my hair getting bigger! It will be this way until Christmas, then, Christmas day the high should be in the mid-50's. I know many of you will be having a "white" Christmas-I'll take my foggy, muggy one!
There is not a lot going on 'garden wise', everything is pretty much taking care of itself. We still need rain badly. I don't think it's rained since September. Luckily, most things are dormant and not requiring a lot of water. My water bill went down $20.00 last month! I do have a few things blooming, and my cabbage is doing well:
I also have a few radishes and I planted my lettuce in a large pot. It seems to do better that way, but it hasn't come up yet.
I checked my blog from last year at this time, and the temps were in the 50's. This fluctuation between 50 & 70's is really our normal winters. We've had a few nighttime freezes, but not much and not for long. NICE! Also in my blog last year I mentioned that I hadn't seen many birds, and that is true again. Last weekend, though, I saw in my Canna's (that I hadn't chopped down yet) something scratching around that was kind of big. I thought maybe it was a neighbor's cat that comes to visit and "hide in the broccoli" like my Motley did, but it wasn't.. it was a large HAWK! Probably the reason for no birds.
I am really impressed with my Jammie Mouth/Hummingbird plant. It is still blooming and the frosts don't appear to have hurt it at all:
That's a large pot of petunias next to it on the right that is full of buds. In a week or so it should be blooming. My Golden Dew Drop is still blooming, too, and I have found out that it is hardy to zone 7, so I'm going to put it in the ground hopefully this weekend.
I also read that they can get 12-15 feet high! I have never seen a real big one in bloom, so that should be worth waiting for! Lastly, to show you that things can get kind of gloomy here, too, in the winter, this is the back patio a few days ago-Kind of ugly, huh?
Lots of dead stuff there-most will come back. From Southwest Louisiana, Have a Merry Christmas everyone-and remember the reason for the season!
Saturday it was 77 degrees-Sunday the high was 56-lows in the low-mid 30's. Should be back to the 70's by the weekend. I have picked all my tomatoes now-I ate the first ripe one yesterday in an outstanding salad! I have 4 more ripening and about 15 still green ones! I pulled up a lot of dead flowers from the flower beds-cut back some of the purple datura, chopped out some of the dead black-eyed susan vine-and found my clematis! The BE Susan vine had overrun it. It looks extremely healthy-should I trim it up now, or wait until Feb?
Not much happening in my little world. Work is still horribly bad-I'm squeaking by. I got out a few Christmas decorations, but I'm not much into it. Clint won't be coming home-and it's too much climbing up and down. I've got the blahs-my new washer needs a part replaced (less than 6 months old), my a/c quit-but the heater still works. My little tiller needs repair and Peanut's allergies are giving him (and me) fits again. My foot hurts me terribly almost every day, and when it's cold-my hands hurt and the bones 'crack'. Ok-the b*tchn's over-
Here's one of my Christmas Cactus'-the bigger one doesn't even have a bud, yet!