Sunday, November 13, 2016
As the World Turns
Weather: Some rain last weekend, and cold temperatures Thursday morning. Last rain 11/6.
The weather forecasts are deceptive: nothing’s happening, or highs and lows are maneuvering each other to little consequence. The southern waters have cooled, so there’s little tropical moisture coming our way. The changes are coming from the Earth moving through its orbit; one of those things that can be demonstrated in any number of ways, but is hard to actually see.
What’s blooming: Hybrid roses, chocolate flowers, blanket flower, random plants close to the ground, usually sheltered by a wall, larger plant, or fallen leaves.
What’s nearly bare: Siberian pea, black locust, choke cherry, spirea.
Leaves have stopped turning color, and simply fall in batches.
What’s blooming inside: Zonal geraniums, moss roses, aptenia.
About the time the sun began to shine in my eyes in the morning, the plants on the inside porch began producing more flowers. I knew they bloomed in winter, but hadn’t realized before that it was because they were enjoying the light that was bothering me.
Animal sightings: Rabbit, small birds.
Tuesday afternoon I heard a noise about the house I couldn’t locate. I looked through the window on the enclosed porch before I entered, in case an animal had gotten in. I saw nothing when I looked through the window of the door, but still heard the noise. I knocked on the glass to make noise, and a large bird took off for the locust. It looked like a quail until it landed vertical, not horizontal, on a branch. It’s long beak declared it was a woodpecker with dark feathers spotted light.
Photograph: A tansy cluster has finally come into bloom, 12 November 16.