Hot Texas Summer Sun

Rocks glowing beneath
fire-breathing dragon hot
Texas summer sun.

The temperature for this area is predicted to reach 105 degrees (Fahrenheit) today, and I can already hear the hot sun hissing on the horizon. Luckily, last winter, we landscaped most of our backyard with rocks and different types of yuccas, agaves, and cactus. Rocks don’t wilt, and desert plants are able to tolerate drought and intense heat much better than grass.

Of course, when we switched from grass to rocks, the ‘creatures’ that wanted to inhabit the backyard changed too. I never saw a scorpion in Virginia, but I have seen a few here.  Last week around midnight, I heard my Siamese cat talking rather loudly. She never talks like that unless she is communicating with ‘something’ of great interest. So I got out of bed, turned on the light, and saw that she was calmly escorting a scorpion across the tile floor. Oh no!  The scorpion was obviously annoyed, as it was waving its tail over its head while it walked beside her. Of course, I have no picture of the scorpion because I was too worried about saving my cat–so you will just have to believe me.  I did not get a photo of the black tarantula either. The spider was safely outside, but I was so stunned by its size that I didn’t even think of my camera.  Oh well. It seems that the only creature I managed to photograph this summer is a grasshopper. It was meditating like a Zen monk in a small sliver of shade, trying to keep a cool head on a hot afternoon. Ah grasshopper–so wise!
Flowers sadly wilt
while wishing for cooling rain.
Not all will survive
this fire-breathing dragon
Texas summer sun!

About Mary Strong-Spaid

You can find me any time wandering around in my own mind gathering thoughts.
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13 Responses to Hot Texas Summer Sun

  1. sarasinart says:

    Your yard is beautiful! Watch out for all those critters.

    • I am trying to be careful but….
      A few days ago, I was standing in the front yard with a hose watering the grass.
      Suddenly the grass starting stinging my feet, so I looked down and saw that my feet were covered with a gazillion little ants–Fire Ants. When I reached down to brush them off of my feet, a lot of them jumped on my hand.
      Long story short, I must be a little bit allergic to their bite/sting–because a while later my hand was so swollen–I could not even bend my fingers. The scorpions and spiders need to come out of the rocks, walk up front into the grass, and start eating ants!

  2. Tarantulas, scorpions and critters, oh my! Lucky, maybe I should install a nursery for them as well. hee hee……. =)

    • The tarantulas and scorpions do eat bugs. Did you hear about the snake that fell out of the tree by the pool yesterday?
      It was trying to steal a baby squirrel out of the nest up there. Long story short…this upset mama squirrel, so she attacked the snake. She won the battle, of course. Never get on the wrong side of a mom.

  3. Love your garden. Over the years people in Australia have been doing the same thing – shifting to gardens of native plants. The perfect English lawn really makes no sense in a hot climate. As for tarantulas and scorpions – we learned about them while living in Mexico, but fortunately never saw any. We did see them in the Amazon. I tried not to think about the holes in the mesh that formed the walls of our room in the lodge there.

    • During all of your travels, I imagine you have seen many creatures that I have never even heard of!
      I think it would be kind of hard to sleep if I knew there were holes in the walls (and that’s an understatement).

  4. jmgoyder says:

    Middle of winter here so cockroaches, mice and snakes try to invade the old house I live in. Not particularly poetic – ha!

    • Well…middle of the summer here..and we have only had 2 scorpions and a couple of spiders in this new house.
      No mice, cockroaches, or snakes, so I guess we are doing OK by comparison? Maybe. Maybe not.

  5. Don’t you just love the summer heat?

    • Actually, I like heat better than I like cold.
      But, I don’t like watching plants struggle in the hot sun.
      At least I have the option to come inside and have a glass of cold ice tea.
      If I had to stand out there in the hot sun all day, every day, like the plants do….I would have already withered away into dust!!

  6. Lisa Gordon says:

    Your gardens are beautiful, Mary! The heat must be difficult to take though. I hope you get a break soon. Have a wonderful week!

    • I am trying to keep things from turning yellow and dying.
      I don’t want to water them too much, but I am worried that I am not watering them enough.
      Temperatures 100 and over….with a scorching sun turning leaves yellow.
      It is supposed to rain sometime this week. I hope that it does!

  7. Your garden is gorgeous. The drought is so bad in the Western Cape that I may just have to follow suit soon. That said our temperatures are nothing like yours. Sorry about the uninvited houseguests by the way 🙂

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