RAIN!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, stormy Albuquerque

THE RAIN GODS HEARD OUR PRAYERS!

We’ve got rain in the forecast all week, for the entire state of New Mexico. It hasn’t rained at my house, or on the wildfire in the Jemez Mountains (called the Diego Fire), yet, but it has rained lots of places. For that, we’re very grateful!

We’re all hoping this is the beginning of our annualish monsoony season. (If you’re living in areas with flooding from your storms, my apologies for the wet reminder – I’m sure you’re as sick of rain as we are thirsty for it. For us, any rain is good rain, even if it causes floods.)

These storm pics are from yesterday evening. I’m mesmerized by storms in the desert, so I love this time of year. You can see the volcanoes in the distance:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, stormy Albuquerque

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you already know about my fascination with storms and weather-related news. And also sunsets, nature, desert life, the sky, New Mexico, plants and animals. This, that. Stuff. Whatnot.

Since starting the blog in October of 2009, I’ve employed a lot of different topics. As you can imagine, over the course of four and a half years, there’s a lot of room there in which to play.

Play, indeed. I was supposed to stick to plants, but that wouldn’t have been quite as much fun.

And it’s been the fun of it that’s gotten me to where I am today – at post number 1400.

Whaaat? 1400?

That’s an average of 311 posts per year.

A pretty good clip, if I do say so myself.

Good enough to earn myself a spontaneous blogcation. A little breaky break. Good timing since my Experts are on holiday for the Fourth of July. I have a lot of fun blogging, but getting a rest from it also nice.

I’m not disappearing completely. Remember how I do photo-a-day posts sometimes when I go on vacation? Where I post photos of art or scenes from around Albuquerque? For example, here’s one I posted in September of last year:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Quirky Burque

I’ll do that again for this break, because it’s fairly easy for me to organize and schedule the posts for automatic publishing (so I don’t have to manually post them every day).

For the next few days, I’ll post new scenes from around Albuquerque. Like this one of the other side of that sign in Nob Hill:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, quirky Albuquerque

That way, you can still be (somewhat) entertained, while I get a recess.

Before I go, I have some unfinished business to complete.

Let’s start with the biggest issue, which is that not a one of ya’ll has guessed Friday’s puzzler, in which I asked if these flowers were real or fake:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

Is it too hard? I thought it was going to be so easy for you!

I’m going to push the reveal date back to next Friday in light of my newly sprung blogcation. That should give you plenty of time to take a stab at the correct answer. There will be imaginary prizes galore for all who play. Leave your guess in the comments section, please.

In other news, Vicente’s blooms (he’s a Huernia plant) still look fabulous:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, plant news

I have lots of plums from the tree out front:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, plant news

PORTULACA – MÁS!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, plant news

Here are some Gaillardia flowers in the morning light:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, plant news

Aaaaand…

…what kind of blogger would I be to leave you hanging without revealing the fate of the wasps who’ve been squatting in the space beneath my flower container?

Are they dead? Are they only temporarily knocked out from the rubbing alcohol fumes? Have they all gone to the great Waspsoleum in the sky for warrior wasps, as Lewis put it?

Or am I still in the throes of glorious battle?

The answer is, I believe I have emerged victorious.

I’ve not seen any alive wasps since sunset on Monday. That’s when I totally pissed off about 20 of them by throwing a big glass of alcohol at them. They got their wasp panties all in a wad over that. My strategy not to get stung was to toss and bolt. So I did that successfully (pats self on the back).

I waited until after it got dark and all the angry winged creatures were asleep for the night, or whatever it is they do when they’re not divebombing me. Then I took apart my elaborate board deterrent system – which was a failure ultimately, because the wasps could flatten themselves into the tiniest of open spaces – and pushed old rags into the gaps between the container and the ground. I then soaked those rags with rubbing alcohol, and replaced all the boards.

Haven’t seen a wasp since.

Here’s what the area looked like this morning:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, plant news

Ridiculous, I know. But effective apparently at long last!

Fingers crossed that none of us have to run through the wasp gauntlet ever again.

Finally, a photo of my July garden to close us out for the time being:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, plant news

 

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