mostly roasting again

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, Mani the mostly roasting purebred border collie, filling in for the guy I live with, and here to bring you yet more news from our mostly roasting hot garden. You may remember me from such posts as “Hot, Dry, And Windy”, among so many other weather-related posts.

Here I am in a characteristic pose, after it cooled off this evening.16072103And here I am showing off my retractable ears.16072104The guy I live with says they aren’t really retractable, but I think he’s just jealous.

Once again, it’s been roasting hot. I practically fried a couple of times.

There were two little oaks here that did fry, almost completely. They’re in the two pots on the right. They were purchased last year and made it through the winter, but the guy I live with says there weren’t enough roots to fully hydrate the leaves when the weather began to get roasting. And so only the lower leaves, closest to the roots, are still green, but the rest are crispy and sad. The oaks went into pots to get watered more. potsOn one of my walks, there were ducks. Ducks know how to deal with hot weather. They stay in the water. Ducks are smart.

There were six baby ducks. The guy I live with says they’re called “ducklings”. People didn’t call me a “dogling” when I was little, so that’s weird. They were cute, though. 16071601

canalYou may have seen that last picture posted on Facebook.

Day before yesterday, in the evening, we had a severe storm warning, with hailstones the size of quarter dollars, but it turned out the bad part was in the foothills, and by the time it came over Mount Lindo, it was nothing but rain. And so it rained here.

The garden was more or less rescued, for the time being anyway. It wasn’t a huge amount of rain, but enough.

Especially since, the night before that, the guy I live with tried to turn off the faucet in the back yard, and it broke. He claims he knows how to fix this, but that a plumber is coming out tomorrow.

Still, the garden looks “less worse” than it did.16072102

16072101You see that spot under the solar lantern, there? With the little pieces of flagstone? That’s where the buffalo grass didn’t take, and so the pieces of flagstone were put there because, well, I don’t know the reason why. Maybe the guy I live with didn’t want to buy any buffalo grass seed this year.

Oh, and the guy I live with and his friend went down to Perennial Favorites, in Rye, while I was at Day Care. Here’s their customer service specialist. I haven’t met him. 01They had a good time there, even though it was a long drive. And roasting all the way. There could have been a picture of the guy I live with covered with grasshoppers at a rest area they stopped at, but there wasn’t. Too bad, huh?

And then I had some trouble with my toe, and had to go back to the vet’s (where Day Care is) today, to have it looked at. They thought something might have bitten me or stung me on the toe, and now I have medicine. The guy I live with made me wear a cone last night, which was no fun at all. But I suppose he does care about me.

I guess that’s all for now. I’m going to leave you with another picture that was posted on Facebook, but I have to admit it’s a favorite of mine. picture

Until next time, then.




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much less roasting

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, Mani the purebred border collie, filling in for the guy I live with, and here to bring you up to date on the latest news from our garden. You may remember me from such posts as “The Awful Truth”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose.16071409The reason I’m looking so noble here is that I got a new toy. Not only does it squeak, and is for chewing on, it can be floated in my pool, for times when I’m in there, like you saw in the last post.

Here I am with my new toy. The guy I live with’s friend bought that for me. 16071410This is me again. 16071412What a good start to a post, don’t you think?

It was a lot less roasting hot today, which was good for everyone. A few plants came in the mail, and the guy I live with snipped off the flower stalks and soaked the plants in a dish pan. “The way you do”, he said. These are Salvia ringens16071406You can see the bonsai shears which were used to snip off the flower stalks. The guy I live with said the plants needed to spend energy growing roots rather than producing flowers. The cork is to go on the tips of the shears so that no one we know stabs himself accidentally. 16071407And the plants came with this tag.16071408The guy I live with just snickered and said the plants will have to be watered almost every day until cold weather sets in. And that if, in fact, he didn’t water the plants a lot they would die. The soil here is almost never moist, except in the spring, when the snow is melting.

I guess there were some of these salvias planted last year, but I was a puppy and something happened to the plants, and I think we shouldn’t go into that right now.

We also now have a tomato plant. No, the world isn’t ending, not yet anyway, but having a tomato plant seemed like something we should do. 16071405You may also notice that there are some calibrachoas in the blue pot. Again, the world isn’t coming to an end. “One does want a hint of color”, the guy I live with said, and I guess I would agree.

The rest of the garden is still pretty gray and dry. We’ve had less than an inch (2.5 cm) of rain since the eighteenth of May, which is kind of a long time ago.

This is the yard on the south side of the house. There is Shepherdia rotundifolia, Salvia greggii, the mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), and on the right, Solidago ‘Wichita Mountains’ (which is probably really just S. speciosa). We’re thinking of staining the fence blue, too. 16071404The buffalo grass lawn in the “way back” is looking pretty good, too. It got mowed, and then watered. We haven’t seen any owls sitting on the “owl posts” (that’s what those are, on the right), which is just as well, since I might freak out if I saw one. You see the path that leads to the part of the garden in sun, back there?16071401It leads to the “trough patio”. Right now the patio has two seed frames on it, which you can see, but they’re going to be moved some time this year, and so more troughs can be put there, or the area can just be left open. 16071402Heading back to the house, this is the path through the “lawn”. I admit it is fun to run through. And you can probably see why we can get away with having dirt paths. 16071403I guess that’s all. Oh, I had a cough last week, but it’s all better now. I had to have antibiotics for a week, and the guy I live with bought me some peanut-butter-flavored Pill Pockets, but I spit out the pills, and so instead he hid the pills in something called “Brie”, which I thought was extremely excellent. The guy I live with said he had “been down that road before”, which must mean something. 16071411

Until next time, then.

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