Sunday, August 26, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Enjoyed by Texans and Texas critters for thousands of years, the endemic Texas Persimmon is now at its peak for your favorite recipes or just eaten as is. That is if you can beat a whole lot of other species to the dark sweet fruit does which not stay on the tree long once it ripens. I enjoyed half a dozen this evening but left plenty for the fox and raccoon people.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The circular area is where a pine once stood, but the fire burned it down even through the root system....However check out the well baked mud wasp nest that surved the inferno..Must be it was a hollow tree.
This Cottonwood and Flame Sumac are well over six feet tall, this area was barren in March. There are zillions of cottonwood trees here, there were zero as far as I know before the fire. There is even a Black Willow to the left and no water nearby.
Depiste the dry conditions, there are lots of wildflowers. Blue waterleaf is found in damp soils and it is thriving in the ash enriched soils near the toad ponds
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Great morning of birding with at least 106 Upland Sandpipers, 11 Long-billed Curlews, 58 Buff-breasted Sandpipers, thousands of Swallows, ~38 empids, mostly Least Flycatchers in giant ragweed, Yellow Warblers and Mississippi. Kites an Olive-sided Flycatcher and much more..I love birding my patch.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
I posted in the spring about my gourds...Well in a couple of spots where I planted them they have done remarkably well. I just planted them in native soil with no preparation whatsoever except removing a few stones....Gourds will not not produce well if overly fertilized...These have never been... This vine alone has 14 gourds and the other three combined have 13 with more coming on. Most of the gourds are big enough for bird houses but so far none are really quite large enough for Purple Martin houses. Still it is a great joy to grow them. My dad never had such luck.