This has been an unusual summer

On many fronts.

I’ve been gone half the summer.

Two weeks here

A week there.

Grand kids will do that to you

I’ve learned.


Not that I mind

I don’t.

But I’m not used to flitting around

Like that.

Then there was August.

Days turned into

Weeks of mid-80’s

And there was the rain.

In a month when it might not rain

At all

We had 6 inches!


Combine my absence

With cool temperatures

And gentle rains

And what do you get?

A jungle.

The Cockscomb is officially

Growing out of its mind.


Zinnias have popped up



The Asters are blooming,


And Cleome is still going strong.


Then there is the crabgrass.

If you don’t pull it.

It just keeps growing

And growing.

I think I’ve filled

Four poly carts

With the stuff.

Yesterday I managed

To get about half way through

The weeding process.

With a little deadheading

Along the way.

That’s really all there is

To do out there right now.

That and enjoy Mother Nature.

Yesterday was a tough day

To be one of these.


Not sure if it’s a moth

Or a butterfly.

First one was eaten for lunch

By a Praying Mantis.


Then this Orb spider

Had another one

For dinner.


I was still

In the garden

At dusk

When the locust chorus

Began singing

A familiar song.


Isn’t it yummy?




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Filed under Bugs, Butterflies, cleome, cockscomb, Dead Heading, Fall, Gardening, Grandchildren, late summer garden, Nature, Orb Spider, Praying Mantis, Rain, self seeding annuals, Uncategorized

One response to “IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE

  1. The garden will wait while the beautiful grandkids won’t because they keep growing. Enjoy them while you can. 🙂

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