In most years, August is one of the worst months for hurricane season, followed by September. This year, there were hardly any systems in August, but the tropics sure are heating up now!
And not only the tropics, but the daily afternoon rain/thunderstorms are starting to hit the Houston area. We have had rain more days than not in the last few weeks, and it doesn’t look like we will be drying out any time soon.
Right now, all eyes are on Hurricane Florence that’s about to hit the Eastern US coast. If you are in that area, please stay safe and be smart. You can see all of my hurricane prep tips HERE from someone who has lived on the Gulf Coast my entire life.
Even though we don’t have Florence staring down Texas, there is a disturbance in the Gulf that looks like it will be developing (and may have by the time you read this). We are also keeping a close watch on Isaac as it’s following almost the exact path and pattern as Harvey so far.
While I was out taking the photos for this post, I also took a quick account of what we have in the backyard and what needs to be done out there before this potential tropical system hits us this weekend. We can’t do much for the plants in the ground, but any in pots will be moved to the garage and all of the loose garden tools will as well. The furniture cushions will come inside, and if it looks really bad we will try to move the furniture inside, too.
Overall, though, our plants are doing really well right now, so I’m hoping we don’t have too much damage from this system. Our mint is finally growing back in strong, and the few green onions left continue to get bigger. The pepper plants are getting taller and flowering in a few places.
We also realized earlier this week that we have a watermelon growing! It’s about the size of a basketball right now. We didn’t see it before because it’s hidden under a bunch of the vines. I don’t know if there are any more melons in there because I was too afraid to dig through the vines.
Now that we have the rain to cool things down just a bit, the tropical plants are happy again. Some of the canna lilies are even starting to get full, beautiful flowers again and the banana trees have a lot of pups growing under them.
The blackberry bush isn’t producing right now, but it isn’t the right time of the year. Many of the branches are at least as thick as my thumb, probably even bigger. Hopefully, once it cools off, those vines will produce many blackberries for us.
I don’t think the orange tree has grown much at all since we moved it a few months after moving into this house, which was almost three years ago. Justin wants to pull it out and maybe try something else in that area. We haven’t decided what we want yet.
While I was out taking photos, this gorgeous green lizard (a green anole) was hanging out on the boys play set. I love the bright green, so had to take a quick photo.
Finally, all of my herbs are growing and doing well. Some have done better than others, but they all have