December 21, 2011
A Christmas Garden Keeps Giving
The birds are in abundance and are ravenous...the lack of available food is evident in the way they drain the feeders so quickly. The drought continues to take its toll.
A recent article states that approximately 500 million of Texas' trees were lost to the extreme drought conditions. Yes, read that closely, it isn't a typo. That's about 10% of Texas' trees. It's a tragic number and more are expected to die as the drought conditions continue and there are so many trees in a weakened state. These statistics are truly heartbreaking.
So, for now we breath in deeply and enjoy the respite of winter.
The garden has taken on a tranquil state of being...no longer visibly stressed by heat and refreshed by a couple inches of recent rain there is a feeling of peace. Only a few blooms scattered here and there. Most plants have gone dormant and I must say I'm enjoying its sparse appearance. I'm even enjoying the many gray days we've had knowing that as the winter solstice approaches it will soon enough give way to the summer solstice and our unyielding heat will return.