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November 21, 2012

(I drafted this post back on the 8th but forgot about it. oops. Here it is; I guess it is still autumn eh?)

Autumn- I like it, the time when you realize that the Georgia heat and humidity has finally subsided for the year.

While I had the zoom lens on the Nikon I snapped a few more pictures of nothing in particular just because the garden had that good scraggly Autumn feel to it… Maybe it shows in these?


Thai Basil seed heads drying on the arbor


Panning back a bit, the wily kitteh is staring at nothing in particular under the shelter of the bell


Bat house against yellow Hackberry leaves


The volunteer luffah (loofa? lufa?) gourd harvest ready to finish drying in a shed somewhere:

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2012 10:36 pm

    I was given loofah (lufa?) seeds by a friend and they aren’t germinating (tried straight in the ground and in a little pot). Yet you get volunteers!!! Any tips you care to pass on?

    • November 22, 2012 8:52 am

      Give them a while- they like hot weather and germination can be slow until the soil warms. Note that all my volunteers were on or at the surface, perhaps only under a little litter and they sprouted when they pleased…. some very early (they were next to a couple sizable rocks that probably retained a little heat) but most came along in late spring when we were getting 80s-90s on the highs.

      • November 22, 2012 6:09 pm

        Okay, I’ll try patience. Not my strength but since the seeds are in the ground, it isn’t actually up to me 🙂

  2. November 22, 2012 8:47 am

    Wow! That’s a lot of loofah!

    And… do you have lots of bats in the bat house?

    Your yard is amazing 🙂

    • November 22, 2012 9:01 am

      Thanks. Amazingly out of control lol….

      Regarding bats: This was built as a nursery colony house where the prevalent species here (“little brown” bats) would ideally find it early spring and delivery/raise their pups until perhaps June or so. First year houses don’t have a lot of luck attracting them, especially if it is put up a little late (like mine). Since then I’ve seen evidence of temporary residents here and there (white board underneath catches a guano deposit or two), probably from other species that move about in the summer and stay in several locations depending on temperatures.
      This is good as species tend to share space, and the scents left behind might encourage a nursery colony next year.
      Whereas the summer numbers might only be in a single digits or “dozens” at any given time, the little brown nursery colonies can be huge. This is a monster house by backyard standards and can hold almost 1000 mother/pup pairs.
      We will see, be careful what you wish for lol…

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