06/08/2022 rainy day

A few last baby winecups sprouting long after their big relatives.
Nightshade can flower even in a tiny pot!
So much rain.
Stubby variety okra is up!

06/02/2022

New book in the mail! The Social Wasps of North America by Chris Alice Kratzer. It looks very useful.
Awards for bravery all around tonight. Shacks walked right past Briar and she stayed put.
Purple coneflower finally opening up!
Ironweed is budding, seems early??
This is one of two dill seedlings in the herb bed.
Pretty sure now that this is the Mexican sage from Judy.
Whoa, standing cypress about to bloom!
The just-planted two leaf senna doing okay.
The older two leaf senna seems to have gotten nibbled. I’ll have to consider if I should put some Vaseline around it against earwigs or a wire cage over it maybe for rabbits.
A non native moss rose (Portulaca). Dog behind.

Thunderstorm

Big wind and rain in front yard.
Big wind and rain in back yard.
North star pie cherry!
Total of 1.34″ on Mesonet!

Duck pond wildflowers

Blue eyed grass is a native wildflower that I was happy to see sprouting near the duck pond on my walk home today!
A wild fowl!
Storms approaching. (I made it home.)

Tuesday night and it might rain

American beautyberry leaves aren’t quite as pathetic?
The Maximilian sunflower roots we moved in winter are VERY happy.
Zizia sp from Abby are perking up!
It doesn’t smell like mint – maybe New Jersey tea I planted last year??
Agastache sp. from seed from Paula.
Bag traps cat, baffles cat’s emotional support dog.

Heavens opening

Mesonet says 2.03″ rain today for Norman.
Paula and I took 15 min or so to try to drain some of the water off the low patio area. Hopefully this will also absorb slowly into yard. Briar moved in this picture but she spent several minutes staring at us like we were nuts. Why not either go play or go back inside? Why stand and get wet toes??
I discovered a tiny bluet in the transplanted prairie parsley!

Finally some rain (plus snow)

Snowed Saturday overnight, so this is Sunday morning.
Heated bird bath, much luxury.
Hopefully the bit of snow kept baby cacti and succulents and Hedeoma safe with a low of 12°F overnight.
Leaves and wire mesh stayed put.
So did the towels. We’ll probably uncover again in a few days once the next deep cold snap is over. A season of extremes!
This strawberry had a flower. Bad idea.
Rain barrels all open so they don’t crack.
Sugar peas definitely done this time.
The rain softened the ground enough that the three of us managed to dig the shallow trench needed for the border (to keep Bermuda grass out of raised beds) in about 40 minutes before dinner tonight.

Big freeze again

We covered the young mizuna, lettuce, wheat, and cabbage with leaves and towels. Now frozen on.
Rain has already frozen after it fell. No glaze ice at least!