Droughts: Posting, Rain
The garden’s mostly dry — even with frequent watering, I can’t seem to keep it alive right now. Half of it caught spider mites, the other half caught some sort of fungal blight, and even the Marigolds ended up attracting a host of bugs and wilting to death. Well, except for the Luffa. They seem to absolutely love the dryness, and are growing like there’s no tomorrow. I have probably a dozen GIANT luffa.
In other news, based on Pam Penick’s visit to Inner Space Caverns outside of Austin, I visited West Cave Preserve today. It’s a gorgeous spring-fed grotto with a small cave. Unfortunately, it was abused for many years before the land was acquired for the preserve in 1976. It’s been well taken care of ever since, and the amazing number of natural species that can be found in the grotto was wonderful to learn about. The guided tour was well worth the money, and the guide was an expert in the natural flora and fauna in the area and could probably have talked for hours about the different types of trees, their ages, and the way they fit into the micro-climate ecosystem. It was a great (and relatively cool — only 85 degrees or so down in the caves — I did say RELATIVELY!) way to spend two hours on a hot Saturday afternoon.
Unfortunately, I didn’t remember to bring my camera, which was left in the spare bedroom with it’s charger. *sigh* I guess that means I’ll have to go back.