just some pictures

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, your popular host, Mani the purebred border collie, here today with just some pictures, and maybe a little talking. You may remember me from such posts as “My Walk At Dusk”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose.
You can see how red everything looks here in the “way back” (you can also see the effect of hacking out some of the lilacs; it’s no longer so private back here).
I was looking at the sunset, which is why things were so red.
There are still crocuses in flower.
Okay, so, now, I’m going to show a bunch of pictures (not all completely in focus), mostly of leaves, but also some whole plants. Just to show that the whole garden isn’t all brown and dry.
First, a couple of sempervivums.sempervivumHypericum kazdaghensis.Salvia cyanescens seedlings.
Cyclamen coum.Yucca rupicola.This used to be sold as Ballota ‘All Hallows Green’, but I guess it’s really a form of Marrubium bourgaei.¬† We grow a lot of horehounds, including the one they make candy from, but I don’t have pictures of that.Marrubium globosum.Marrubium rotundifolium.
Marrubium cylleneum. Orostachys spinosa.
Lithodora oleifolia.Salvia chrysophylla, seedling.
Maihuenia poeppigii, a cactus from Chile.Globularia stygia.A nice hybrid thyme that the guy I live with got at the botanic gardens’ plant sale some time ago.¬† It turns purplish in winter.Well, that’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed these pictures.
I’ll leave you with a picture of me napping in the eighty-five-year-old rattan chair that all the purebred border collies who’ve lived here have enjoyed sleeping in.

Until next time, then.

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a super-dry interlude

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, your popular host, Mani the purebred border collie, here today to show you just how dry it is here. You may remember me from such similarly-themed posts as “Dry Grass”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose.
It was a busy day today, as you can tell.

Well, so, it’s been super dry here. Things are just plain weird, according to the guy I live with. The guy I live with said we’ve gotten about four-tenths of an inch of rain since the first of July.

There are still some crocuses flowering, though.
Crocus ochroleucus has just started flowering.The water in the canal starting running again, but it really stank. There were a couple of large dead trout in the water, right by the culvert opening. I felt sorry for them, and so did the guy I live with.
I had to check out the water, of course. I didn’t go in, though, because it would have been cold.The dirt on the canal road is just dust.
The field hasn’t been green for a long time.
That’s really all I wanted to show, in this post. Just how dry it is.
It did rain here the other night, for about two minutes. But there’s not much in the forecast.

Until next time, then.

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