Sometimes you don’t need to look any further than your own back yard

A parade of clouds passed my house the other day.

A parade of clouds passed my house the other day.

It was like an armada.

It was like an armada.

Silent giants.

Silent giants.

I waited  for this to turn into trouble, but nothing happened.

I waited for this to turn into trouble, but nothing happened.

It fussed itself up for a few minutes.

It fussed itself up for a few minutes.

And then the sun came out like an old cop busting up a bunch of surly teenagers on a street corner.

And then the sun came out like an old cop busting up a bunch of surly teenagers on a street corner.

 

It was a good day to work in the rock garden. Purple vetch moved in this year, and I didn't have the heart to tear it out. Looks messy, but I love that purple color.

It was a good day to work in the rock garden. Purple vetch moved in this year, and I didn’t have the heart to tear it out. Looks messy, but I love that purple color.

Hey-hey Good Lookin'!

Hey-hey Good Lookin’!

There in the center you can see a nopalito.

There in the center you can see a nopalito.

Whipple gave me this little chamomile plant, and I put it in the top of one of my homemade strawberry pots, and look at how big it got. I can snip a few of these flowers and dry them and make a very nice cup of tea.

Whipple gave me this little chamomile plant, and I put it in the top of one of my homemade strawberry pots, and look at how big it got. I can snip a few of these flowers for a really satisfying cup of tea.

I like these little mullein flowers that open and close within a few hours in the morning - I call them Morning Glories.

I like these little mullein flowers that open and close within a few hours in the morning – I call them Morning Glories. This plant is about three feet tall and survives off the splash from the strawberry pots.

I love these mullein too, with the fuzzy leaves. They require no water from us, and they will grow as high as 8 or 9 feet, with little yellow flowers all along their stem. Hummer loves them.

I love these mullein too, with the fuzzy leaves. They require no water from us, and they will grow as high as 8 or 9 feet, with little yellow flowers all along their stem. Hummer loves them. The poppies are great this year, from all that late rain. When they get brown and dead, I yank them out, seeds go everywhere for next year.

 

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