Sunday, August 26, 2012

In the Depths of August

Here's just a quick list of some of the sights and sounds of the weekend:

Lovebugs everywhere

Wrens chattering in the sumac

A little eggplant harvest

Muscadine grapes, fresh from the vine

Open windows

A strange breeze (from the hurricane)

Tiger swallowtails on the ironweed

Red mushrooms in the grass

Cats lounging in sunbeams

Yesterday I did a whole bunch of weeding while Rob mowed the lawn and cleaned out the gutters. I actually love to weed. It's so peaceful and it gives me a chance to really look at my plants, really study them and their surroundings. Yesterday while I was weeding I discovered all kinds of interesting things: cute mushrooms, raccoon tracks, and tiny fiddleheads. I saw ladybugs and toads and hummingbirds and big, float-y tiger swallowtails. If I hadn't been weeding way back in the back of the big bed along North Adams Street, I would've never even known my old roses were blooming; they're so hidden among all the raucous perennialsthe purple coneflowers and ironweed and bearpawthat you have to wade in really deep to see them. You have to get up close.

Here's Baronne Henriette de Snoy.

Baronne Henriette de Snoy again

And Maman Cochet

Aside from weeding, I also did a lot of cat brushing out on the screen porch. The cats were so lazy this weekend, especially today. Carl slept on top of the pie safe, and Francie lay on her back on the couch, her long white feet in the air to catch the breezes.

Here's how the breezeway looks with the new Coke sign we got in Dothan last weekend. 

I made a peach cobbler today, and vegan macaroni and cheese with a miraculous creamy sauce concocted from ground raw cashews. Rob made the best seitan, flavored like sausage with sage and crushed red pepper. We ate on the screen porch surrounded by napping cats and, farther off, the shaggy August meadows. I could see the rosinweed flowers as round and yellow as happy faces, and the complicated surprise lilies (they look like whirling eggbeaters, I think).

I should have taken a picture of the surprise lilies, because they won't last long. Oh, well, here's a picture of the back of the house as seen through the lemongrass.


  1. Gorgeous roses, Leslie!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful lazy August weekend in Florida.

  3. Love the rose pics! I like that you mention brushing the cats, my cats love to be brushed the older they get and in the summertime here in FL, they shed a lot. Where in Dothan did you get the Coke sign?

  4. Beautiful pictures! I have a Baronne Henriette de Snoy and it turned out to be one of my favorite blooms. You don't hear much about it but it is a really great one. -B

  5. The Coke sign is the perfect pop of color. I'm stealing it! - kris

  6. Your rose pictures are beautiful! I especially like the Baronne Henriette de Snoy. (That sounds like a name we would have made up for a character in the game when we were little.)

  7. Thanks, Melissa. We got the Coke sign at Land of Cotton in Dothan. Dothan is one of my favorite places to go antiquing!

  8. Kris, your Coke sign is better. Yours is huge!