photo: iris Strictly Ballroom
2004-07-10. Iris ‘Strictly Ballroom’.

July 13th, 2004
Forgetfulness and Garden Journals

I was surprise when AJM pointed out a bearded iris about to open last week. Our season for bearded irises is April and I’d have sworn I’d never seen one blooming this late. Must be all the rain. Looking at my garden journal, however, I see I was surprised when this same iris bloomed in early June, 2002 and then again on July 15, 2002. Well, this is why I write things down.
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My tastes aren’t really this black or white. So I’ve had to annotate my responses. What I like and what I can do are very different things. Learning to work with the conditions you live in is the easiest way to successful gardening.

July 11th, 2004

A quiz from Bookish Gardener.
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photo Our Jungle
2004-07-07. I’d placed a stone path here at the bottom of the hill next to the garage and interplanted it with monkey grass to slow down the runoff during heavy rains. What had once been a gravelly desert landscape is overrun with vines this year.

July 8th, 2004
Jungle Fever

Returned from San Francisco to find a jungle. Flying between Houston and Austin, I saw swollen rivers brown with runoff and sheets of standing water in the fields. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it this green in July. It had rained through last Thursday and the temperatures continue in the low 90s; that is quite temperate for us this time of year. Compared with the dry, cool air of San Francisco, though, arriving in Austin was like stepping into a sauna.
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