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  • It occurs to me its been several days since I have updated you on the garden and my yard. I have bad news and I have good news and I have really good news.

    The bad news is my lawn is all but dead. The grass itself is brown, and only the crabgrass is still alive. The good news is this will make the crab grass much easier to dig out and uproot when the weather is a little cooler and I can work out in the yard.

    The really good news is my tomato plants all seem to be enjoying this unseasonably hot weather. The Better Boys have yielded a few tomatoes, with several others showing signs of ripening. The Grape tomatoes are ripening daily, I have bag of more than a dozen in the vegetable bin of my refrigerator. And my two Beefsteak tomato plants have grown so large and heavy I had to brace their wire cages with some long metal rods I has in the garage. In the picture above, you can see them as #3 & #4.

    In addition to that, the wildflowers and knockout roses appear to be doing just fine.

    And apparently the bird have no concerns about the heat. This morning while on my glider, I spotted two hummingbirds at the feeder, along with the usual crowd of house finches and the downy woodpecker. The house finches were rumbling, it seemed, since there was a crowd of about thirty of them. Sometimes I think they gang up on the crows in the area to chase them off.

    I haven't seen the mouse in quite some time. Perhaps the heat is too much for him/her, or more likely the local owl had lunch or breakfast. Bon Appetite.

    Nature is a reflection of endurance and adaptation. I wonder what I will do to adapt the yard to the new climate. I am thinking of a 'desert' landscape like my father has in Las Vegas, but I don't think they'll let me use that much rock in my yard. Well, this is Illinois here in the Cornbelt. Maybe next year I will simply plow the entire yard.

    ~Fred~
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