Like clockwork, the season switched from summer to fall and suddenly the heat and sun are gone, replaced with cool temps and early morning fog. Here's my view of the palms on the west side of the valley at 7 am.
It's almost 100 degrees, but I doubt the ducks know it. They spend all day horsing around in their "pond" (aka: a 100 gallon trough).
A lot of people don't know those 10 cent "feeder" gold fish you can get in the pet store can actually get quite large. This little school of fishies has only been in the pond for 6 months or so, but I've got several that have been in there for years -- some of which are nearly a foot long now.
September is a tough month for plants here in San Diego. The end of summer brings lots of heat and sun, it hasn't rained in six months, and we're in the midst of a drought so I water only sparingly. As a result, there's just a few plants that actually look good this time of year and Leonotus leourus or Lion's Mane happens to be one of them. It's a native of Southern Africa and does quite well here in [keep reading...]
Several years ago I planted some dipper gourds at my daughter's request. They grew and produced a bunch of dipper-shaped gourds that I didn't really know what to do with. So they sat around on our patio for a while until our German Shepards decided that one would make a good dog toy. They threw it around between the two of them and eventually broke it sending seeds everywhere. I thought that was the end of it until a few [keep reading...]