Monday, September 23, 2019

Autumn is here (hahahahaha!)

“The autumnal equinox—also called the September or fall equinox—is the astronomical start of the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere.” 

“The term equinox comes from the Latin words aequus, meaning equal and nox, meaning night.”  Today – equal hours of light and dark? – probably not, at least not here. 

“Another definition of fall is “nights of below-freezing temperatures combined with days of temperatures below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.” 

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!  Wheeze, snicker, giggle!

It’s going to be nearly 90° today.  When I went out to do some yard work this morning at 8AM, it was already really hot and humid.  After an hour or so, I came in dripping wet. 

Fall in southeast Texas looks like this –

 Nary a colorful leaf in sight.

Of course, we never have really colorful leaves – well, the Tallow Trees do turn a pretty color but everything else just turns brown and drops off. 

Of course the good thing is, I still have lots of flowers blooming.

The Firespike has been blooming for a while.  It is a tropical native and does well in here.  A freeze or frost is likely to kill all above ground but, it should come back in the spring.  An extended freeze would probably kill the entire plant above and below.

The Coral Vine is still in full bloom and covered with bees.  Of course, this plant is 9/10th‘s weed.  It might freeze during a cold winter but, never fear, it will come back.  It grows anywhere, in any soil.   It was here when I bought the house and always gets lots of “oooh’s and aaah’s” but it’s very invasive and very difficult to get rid of.

The Pink Turks Cap is still blooming (actually, I bought this plant because of the name, Pam’s Pink).  Turks Cap is considered a TX Superstar.  It grows well, is drought tolerant, attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, blooms well, likes sun or shade and is root hardy here. 

I hope someone out there is going to experience fall today because it surely isn’t us.

On another totally unrelated topic –

This morning I walked into the bathroom to this

I read recently the big cats (lions, tigers and such) also like to play with rolls of toilet paper.  It did not make me feel better.  And, the only reason I haven’t popped his fuzzy little head off, is this –

23 Sep 2019


  1. Yeah, in November, I think it's the second week, the leaves will turn brown and then the temperature drops to 50F overnight and we all wake up in the morning to the big drop. That's when all the leaves on trees and bushes drop all at once. Cars and porches are completely covered in 2 foot high piles of leaves. Only in Texas.

  2. I think this video will resonate with you --

  3. Yesterday morning Alexa told me that it was the first day of fall, and then she said our high would be 90 degrees. When I asked her what kind of fall weather is that? She just repeated the forecast. Harsh!

  4. Yes, your Autumn is definitely different temperatures and colours than ours here in the UK.

    It has been quite wet and windy here, mixed in with some pleasant sunny days … our neighbours young grandson was visiting today and thoroughly enjoyed having his wellington boots on and splashing in puddles … well what are puddles for!!!

    Perhaps I ought to send some rain your way?

    Keep as cool as you can. my good wishes.

    All the best Jan