The Jungle During Monsoon Season is Lush and Green

The weather from Texas has arrived here in Alabama, and the monsoon rains are falling.  Every gardener, Southern or not, knows that rainwater is better than tap water.  The plants in the yard are growing like crazy.  Plants go a little nuts in ordinary dirt, but most Southerners that live on “family” property have improved their soil over the years, and the dirt is usually of better quality than average.  My family is no exception.  My grandparents moved on to our property back in 1971, and in addition to natural improvements (compost and worms) we’ve dumped literal tons of store-bought soils into our flower beds.  Good dirt makes for healthy plants.

Every Southern gardener has cannas somewhere in their yard.   Cannas move a little bit during the winter, though, or at least ours do.  This year they came up a little ways outside the border of the flower bed.

Cannas peeping through the roses

We have some beautiful blue flowers that come up every year, and I can never remember their proper name.  I bet somebody out there knows the name for this little beauty.  I’m sure we actually planted these things at some point, but now they are volunteers, coming up all over the place.

unidentified flower.

unidentified flower.

Everybody has coleus, right?  This variety really sticks out, with it’s deep red color.  Sorry for the blurriness.  The wind was blowing when I took this photo, and the coleus was moving.

coleus

coleus

Plantain (not the banana-type plantain, but the weed) grows wild in a lot of Southern yards, but we’ve got some of the largest that I’ve ever seen.  In herbal lore, Plantain is used to treat insect bites and skin lesions of different types.  Wash and bruise a leaf, and rub on the skin.  It works, too, y’all.

Plantain, large and healthy.  The knife that I used for scale is four inches long.

Plantain, large and healthy. The knife that I used for scale is four inches long.

Some years, the Sweet-Shrub pictured here has only bloomed once.  This one is continuing to bloom over and over.  The red flower looks strikingly good against the shiny green leaves.  This shrub has grown at least a foot already this year.

Sweetshrub blooms again

Sweetshrub blooms again

This is the same squash plant from this post I made on the 21st of this month.  It’s really grown a lot, and is producing lots of blooms, and hopefully many yellow squash in a couple of weeks.  Keep y’all’s fingers crossed.  I like squash.

Squash is growing!

Squash is growing!

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