How can it possibly be September already?
I'm not an orchid grower. Working outside today for most of the day (you know - in celebration of labor day ) I noticed this lone white orchid blooming on the back patio. It's not as if I ever expected it to bloom. You see, it is one of the random orchids I buy at the big box store occasionally. They are used for cheery places indoors until the bloom is spent... at which time I typically cast them aside to live outdoors... just in case they might want to bloom there. Once in a while I get surprised by ... well... by something like the above bloom. It's a nice surprise.
Once my camera was in hand for the orchid bloom I took a walk around the garden to see if there were any other interesting sights. I found a few I thought to share with you on this first beautiful day of September. Beautiful if you like lots of sunshine and balmy, but a little breezy heat.
It's best just to go ahead and stay outside once there. If there is a need to come back and forth in the air conditioning it becomes very evident how very hot (and dare I say it, sweaty) one has become in this kind of weather. But if one can manage not to feel the contrast of a/c then one could possibly talk themselves into believing it isn't "that" hot.
During the summer I like to get started in the garden very early and just stay there for hours on end. That way my body temperature is able to acclimate to the higher temps as they gradually climb into the afternoon hours. It's that dreaded humidity that's harder to manage. But I'll not complain on such a clear, marvelous Monday as this.
Staying hydrated is a must. My choice of drink is mostly water. Sometimes in a rare instance, like today, I had a large glass of iced tea perched in the garage to sip on and ... chew the ice. :-)
There was grass to mow, edges to edge, weeds to pull, plants to stake, containers to water, cuttings to pot up, pathways to trim, and of course, photos to take.
All sorts of butterflies were happily keeping me company. I saw a whole lot more than I even tried to photograph. They were flitting around in two's and three's and singularly floating along with the breezes.
Intentionally I thought to photograph some things I've not shown on my blog in the past. The aloe plant is so pretty and plump right now. Being that I'm not a huge fan of succulents, it is the ONLY one I have in my entire garden. I keep it growing for medicinal purposes. It surely comes in handy with the slightest skin irritations ... especially burns.
Even though these dracaena look similar they are two different varieties. Sorry I don't know their names. I do adore the way they add color to the garden all year long without being a fussy flower. They are easily propogated like most dracaenas by clipping off a section of the top and simply putting them in soil being sure to keep them moist until rooted.
I hope you are having a great first day of September.
Our prayers are still going out to all the folks affected by Hurricane Gustav. It appears it wasn't as bad as they first predicted and we are grateful for those reports.
Happy Labor Day and happy September gardening. Meems