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Where is the rain?

August 30, 2014

Because of the forecast,  I decided today was a day of errands and in-house tasks.  There was supposedly an 80% chance of rain–that has yet to materialize, and was a reason I put off yard work for the day.  The temperatures were delightful, and I did get a lot done in other venues, but the yard does need some attention–and I would like some rain!

I did stop in at a friends football party and the mood was positive, even though the Razorbacks started losing.  But good food and conversation made that more bearable.

I am thankful for the break in the temperatures, but would like to see some rain!

Here are your mystery plant answers for the week:

Mystery plant A – mystery plant a.aug2514This summer annual is one of my favorite plants. It is Pentas, (Pentas lanceolata)  PEN-tuss lan-see-oh-LAY-tuh  commonly called Egyptian star flower. While red is my favorite one, it does come in pink, white, purple and even variegated forms.  It thrives in heat and humidity.  Full sun will give you the most blooms.  It is a favorite plant of butterflies and the red one is loved by hummingbirds.
Mystery plant B – mystery plant baug25.14This perennial plant is commonly called Russian sage or Perovskia atriplicifolia.  This was the perennial plant of the year in 1995.  A member of the mint family,  Russian Sage loves hot, sunny sites and bees and butterflies love it.  It blooms for a long period of time in the summer.  If it gets a bit leggy, or floppy, cut it back.
Mystery plant c
mystery plant c.aug 5.14is a common persimmon-Diospyrosvirginiana.

Diospyros translates from the Greek as “food of the Gods”.  Our native persimmon has two separately sexed plants–a male plant and a female plant–with the latter producing the fruits. Many believe the seed inside the fruit is a prognosticator of the weather:

  • If the kernel is spoon-shaped, lots of heavy, wet snow will fall. Spoon = shovel!
  • If it is fork-shaped, you can expect powdery, light snow and a mild winter.
  • If the kernel is knife-shaped, expect to be “cut” by icy, cutting winds.

Not the best yard tree, since it is messy and often the leaves have spots and are not the most attractive late in the season.  If you like to eat the fruit, you also need to wait for a frost, or the astringency of the fruit gives new definition to “pucker power”.

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  1. Marilyn permalink
    August 30, 2014 10:02 pm

    The rain was here in El Dorado. A mist falling all day.

    Sent from my iPad


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