Greetings, salutations, hello, and namaste, everyone; yes, once again it is I, Chess the purebred border collie, filling in for the guy I live with, and here to bring you some news from our garden. You may remember me from such posts as “On A Rampage” and “Leafage And Branchage”, among so many, many others.
Here I am in a characteristic pose. The guy I live with said I look sullen. Well, you would too. I have an appointment at the Bad Place on Thursday. Just to see what’s going on, I guess. I cheered up pretty quickly, though. The guy I live with told me the one about the dachshund, Chihuahua, and Great Dane who walk into a bar….. It was a really good one. Today started out nice, sunny and hot, and people were complaining about how awfully hot it was. My walks were pretty excellent. The guy I live with says summer is supposed to be hot, and judging from the alternative to hot, I definitely agree. It cooled down in the afternoon and now there are severe thunderstorm warnings all over the place.
Well, let’s pretend that everything is okay, and show a few pictures. Here’s the gaillardia again. There was always an issue getting these plants to do well here, but when they self sow, things are fine.The dwarf sunflower, Helianthus pumilus. The leaves are like sandpaper. Time now for some baby bunny pictures. The guy I live with is kind of a sap, and took these because he thought they were cute.
The most interesting visitor came by yesterday. The guy I live with says he’s “fairly certain” this is a female Calliope hummingbird. She was really tiny. Those are pinyon needles, for comparison.After I started the post, the weather got much worse, the way it seems to do a lot here, lately, and they were saying that a huge thunderstorm featuring ping pong ball-sized hail was headed right toward us. We’re not really the sort of creatures who like anything headed toward us. I’ve never played ping pong, so I didn’t know what that meant, but judging from the guy I live with’s reaction, it must have been bad. There was the usual moving-to-California talk, of course.
Fortunately, the storm dissipated before it got to us, and so we just got a whole bunch of rain, and even more scary loud thunder, and lightning. That’s the desert willow in the foreground, there.
Until next time, then.