Friday, October 17, 2008

DIE Already!


Hosted by Cecily and Mama Geek



If you live in Texas - you get used to the warm weather.


If you live in Texas - you get used to the bugs.

Okay - maybe not this bug! I don't even think you can call this a "bug" - I think it is a CREATURE! The thing is over 6" long and CREEP-Y! This one is dead, but imagine seeing one of these creatures crawling along the sidewalk or up the side of your house - eeeeek! I've had people tell me of how they've had these creatures get in their house!!


If you live in Texas - you get used to the lack of defined seasons and do your best to adjust to the cool mornings that require a sweater and then ... the need to shed that sweater to a tank top ... on that same day's afternoon.


We begin to plant our yards in Texas around the end of March or early in April.

We take our ferns out of our green houses and hang them in the trees or place them decoratively by our front doors.

We plant flowers in the ground and in clay pots that we place on our porches and decks.

We clean our flower beds and plant new shrubs and layer on the cedar mulch to hold in the moisture in anticipation of long, hot summer days.

By the time late July comes ...


Some Texans are clearing out summer petunas and impatients and begonias ... that have seen better days and long since withered and dried up under the hot Texas sun and ... bringing in mums of red and purple and gold.


By the time late August arrives ...


I am tired.

I have watered plants in pots and baskets and flower beds ... for MONTHS!


I have transplanted and pruned ...

I have mulched ...

And ...


I might plant a mum or two, but ...


I am ex-hausted and ... just ready to move on.


By the time September comes around ...

I don't water as often as I should - but, I do what I have to to keep my plants alive.


I no longer transplant, but I still pluck off dead leaves.


I seldom fertilize.

By the time October arrives ...

*sigh*


On the upside ... I have 4 children I can barely feed adequately - keep alive! If it is still warm in Texas by the time October gets here - like it is this year ... honestly --- I am wishing - hoping - praying --- the cold weather will sweep in like a mad arctic northern and kill the plants in my yard - dead! Seven months is well past the time I feel obliged or am even capable of keeping any fern or flower alive.

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67 comments:

Hannah Noel said...

Ew ew ew I HATE CENTIPEDES!!!

The rest of your pics are beautiful tho!

Persnickety Ticker said...

I have yet to kill my philadendrons. I am immensely proud of this fact.

Of course...I have been told they are impossible to kill.

HA! If you knew me, you would know that cactus (or cacti or whatever) cringe and shudder when they see me eyeballing them in the stores.

Rachel said...

Kellan-I adore your honesty. I love reading about the texas life. I also love how lush your backyard is. I do not enjoy bugs one bit and that is one of the things I hate about the burbs. I can handle a cockroach before some of these burb bugs. Great photo of all the kids.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

You lost me at greenhouse. Pretty much everything lives outside year-round in San Diego. I couldn't do all that work.

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

HOLY CRAP Kellan, your pictures ARE REALLY improving - your focus is so nice and sharp! That bug? Made me itch a little that's for sure. And CONGRATS on writing for the SA blog, how cool is THAt!!!

Bex said...

your yard is gorgeous! i'm so jealous, i can't keep anything alive. up north it's one thing to have a garden bc it is only for a few months but down here i am useless. the sun is sooooo hot!

Chris said...

Wow, I thought trying to keep plants alive in Utah was hard (which it is -- for me). I feel the same way about weather that is too warm by this time of the year -- it's like trying to go to bed, with the lights on.

Brittany said...

I have to be honest; I didn't make it past the scary photo... scary.

Joanna said...

Oh mah gawd! That thing is ugly!!

Bren said...

Oh my! That thing is long. I've yet to see one of those up here.

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

You're so funny! When we moved here, I bought some potted Zinnias. I am not good with plants and didn't know how often to water them. This was in May. I watered them twice a week.

Needless to say, they died a quick death. Now I know that in Texas, you water EVERY DAY. SOMETIMES TWICE. Lesson learned. Mother nature, 1; Texan Mama, zip.

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

Everything's bigger in Texas, huh?! That thing gave me a full body chill. Yuck!

dani said...

i read to the end and got a really bad case of "manicured yard envy"!!! if it doesn't grow wild... i kill it!!! so, miss kellan, envy is all i have:) but, i don't envy 7 months of maintenance, ha!!!
love,
dani

Michelle said...

Ewwww! That's SO why I don't live in a warm climate. You can have your creepy crawlies.

And ummm, may I suggest native plants? That don't need much care other than occasional pruning once established? Just a thought :) I'm lazy, and this is my favorite kind of landscaping!

Kami said...

Kellan, you are always freaking me out with your Texan creatures! I would faint if I saw that thing anywhere near me....seriously.

ANd I feel that way about my plants after our two months of summer! 6 months and I might be setting fire to them so I didn't have to take care of them anymore!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

you have been busy and the creepy bug is eww - creepy! and it's cold here - you can swap houses with me any day!

CrackerJacks said...

You have been more than faithful to that yard of yours. It's very pretty and serene. However, I'd be tired of managing it too. I'll send some snow your way as soon as it arrives! Great PSF!

Please VISIT My PSF. Thanks!

Cecily R said...

That bug thingy is going to give me nightmares. And memories of Texas termites and chiggers. Shudder.

I can't keep anything alive in the green category. Its good that we have winter in these parts so I have an excuse for the dead stuff in my yard.

Weeksie50 said...

I hope that thing doesn't migrate here to Oklahoma.. Ack.

bermudabluez said...

Yikes! What a funky looking bug! I have not seen one like that here in NY. Thankfully. I DO LOVE those shots of your yard! Just beautiful, Kellan!!! See....all of your hard work does pay off! And you don't get the snow that we get here!! Measured in FEET! Have a great weekend!!

mannequin said...

What a beautiful yard you have Kellan! I lived in TX for two years and I DID NOT get used to it. Coming from the Northeast, I was shocked at how much water people use just to keep things alive. I've never seen such a thing!

Laura said...

a) Lovely yard
b) Ick- those things creep me out
c) I think you should write a centipede bad haiku...with pic
d) I am pushy

Amanda said...

You have such a lovely garden!! It really sounds like a lot of work though. I can see why you're wishing for the cold.

Mamarazzi said...

giiiiiiirl that creepy crawly thing freaks me out!

but the rest of the pics make me want to make your home a vacation destination!

Kel said...

Oh yes, I fondly remember the Texas weather - It's funny now to talk to my family and compare plants between what they are experienceing...I just miss the fact that when my plants die I can no longer blame it on the hot Texas weather! :)

Have a great weekend!!
~K

Sally said...

Your yard is very lovely, but I can only imagine the hard work. I love being outside, can I come and stay with you? :)

Courtney said...

Good for you. I can barely keep mine alive for 4 months. 7? They'd all be long dead. Most of mine start phasing out around 2 1/2 months.

kimmy said...

We should have our first overnight frost any day now then all my flowers will be dead. Problem solved :)

Kimmy

AVT Coach said...

Very beautiful yard and I applaud your hard work. I can't keep the mum on my porch alive! You would love my friend Octamom and her post about such creatures this week. www.octamom.com
Great PSF and hopefully you will get some cool air from OK in a few days!

Janet said...

6 inches long??? Good lord.

We have those cool mornings and hot afternoons as well, but our safe-to-put-plants-outside doesn't start until well into April and lasts till mid-November. Of course, none of my actual plants last that long.

Dawn said...

I'm never sure if my outside plants die in the fall because it's getting too cold out, or because I just get tired of watering them and don't do it anymore. I'm feel the same way you do. Besides, it's all I can do to keep up with the leaves in the fall...we've got so many trees, that if we don't clean them up each day, we'd be swimming through leaves just to get to our cars.

Sandra Carvalho said...

Arghhhh!What a nasty creature!...I hate bugs...
I love your yard girl!It doesn't look that bad! ;)
Hopefully it will start raining soon...
Take care my friend.
xoxo

Deb said...

one of the reasons we moved from texas... but i have to say, you are doing much more with the endless summer than i ever did. i just had a big, brown dead patch for a garden. great pics.

tammy said...

Your yard is beautiful! I am loving the cooler mornings and am replanting flowers now in all my pots that have fried all summer long.

common mom said...

Beautiful yard! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE fall!

Our growing season here is soooo short . . . if you think of planting anything before Mother's Day, it'll surely die. You're best to wait a couple weeks after THAT even! And by the time mid-September rolls around . . . well, it freezes at night.

I love flowers and grass and other green things . . . alas, I do NOT have a green thumb . . . or grass in my lawn (ponderosa pine forest) . . . or flowers to water. I just didn't get around to potting any flowers this year.

We did, however, grow some mini carrots in pots . . . yum yum!

Marmarbug said...

EWWW! that bug is icky!!
And I feel ya on the yard work. I love the warm weather but I wish I was wealthy enought to afford a lawn man.

April said...

Oh *SHUDDER* I can't get past that HORRIFIC looking BUG! I think I'd run screaming from th3e house if I found of those THINGS inside! :-P

Queen of My Domain said...

Oh I say kill the centipede and keep the plants!

Aleta said...

That has to be one of the creepiest bugs I've seen. EWWWW....


And *sigh*ing with you. We're much the same in Louisiana. I know how you feel - wishing the cold fronts would come in faster and stay around longer.

Greg was just saying, "At night, you'll need a sweater" - but the highs for the day are still in the 80's.

Lovely garden pictures!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

That creature is nasty! blech!
Good luck with the death of your plants.....

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

pretty sure my plants were dead before August, and they were only planted in June. I suck.
You, on the other hand, have an amazing yard. Gorgeous!
btw, I adore the Betty Boop photos of your sweet baby girl. She is so precious.

Nadine said...

That bug is gross. When we moved in last week there was a snake in the yard. I thought that was gross enough - it's now dead - got run over by a lawn mower (not ours).

E said...

You should see my garden you clever girl...you would laugh and laugh. Our growing season is about 15 minutes long besides. I am jealous. Well maybe not of the bugs, but all the rest...you bet

Good N Crazy said...

Okay. I'm trying to remember that you have HUMIDITY. And that I LIKE the snow (a little) and that you have pretty extreme heat in the summer..you do don't you...?

but sometimes I'd sure like your version of winter...I would.

CC said...

You are currently describing many reasons I do not ever want to move to Texas! Even though everyone says my husband should pursue his PhD there. No thanks ;)

Katrina said...

Beautiful yard!

Karen said...

I hear you! When the first frost comes I secretly welcome it, thinking how nice that I won't have to tend gardens any longer. And I love to garden!

bren j. said...

Well you know, here I was all a bit envious of your plush life in Texas with all that warm weather and sunshine and then I saw THAT BUG. *shudder*
I am jealous no more. YUCK!

Brandy said...

AWWW the memories are coming back! I grew up (half the time) just outside Dallas as a kid I remember wearing a coat to school and carrying it home. Good times!

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

First... thanks for featuring my post On the Flipside. I referred people there in today's post on my site :).

Second... we have so little bugs here that centipedes are fascinating to me. Grarss is always greener, huh? LOL Seriously, that was a cool picture!

Finally, we hit freezing the other day and I wish I had a instant before and after shot of my garden. WOW! I couldn't believe how fast it went from green, alive, perky to brown, dead, and droopy. At least we were able to pick 10 or 15 more tomatoes before they were gonners. And, we ended up with 9 pumpkins too! Not too shabby, huh?

Good luck with your plants and bugs!

TheCynicalOptimist said...

That is the ONE nice thing (and I really mean only ONE) about living in a climate where it gets 20 below- it does tend to kill off insects and deters the creepiest of them from ever coming here!! Ewwww!!!

Jenni Jiggety said...

Your yard in fabulous, Kellan!

I have a black thumb...even if I had a nice yard, I would manage to make it look brown.

Kelly said...

My boys would LOVE that bug, but not me!!! Your yard is gorgeous but for someone without a green thumb, it would not look as great if I was taking care of it. :)

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

Except for the creepy bug, all I can say is AMEN. You summed up the Lone Star State--my plant that never dies--believe it or not ROSES. The darn things are insane. We even chopped one bush down at the root and then it came back....

Me said...

Texas sounds like Australia...haha :)

Trace

Jen said...

That is just WAY too much work! I can't keep a plant/flower alive to save my life, so I don't even try.
Oh, and if I saw that creature in my house, I would probably have to move.

Brenda said...

Oh Man, a critter that big and ugly would make me hurt myself trying to get away from it!

Your yard is beautiful! I understand about the long seasons even though we live much further north than you, but I hate when Winter comes and all the leaves and flowers are gone.
Mine are all looking worn and weary now, I guess they're waiting for the first frost.

phd in yogurtry said...

I hear ya! I'm ready for a nice, long cold snap. We've had our AC off for the past few days and its been heaven. Except for the rise in allergy symptoms, that is. Argh. Your yard looks beautiful--especially those live oaks.

forgetfulone said...

That buy is defnitely creepy. Looks like one of those rubber things you can buy at the dollar store. I can't imagine a real one! I'm sure we have them, too. I just don't get out in the yard as much as I used to.

We have a small yard compared to yours, I think. A coupld of trees and some perennials is all we can seem to keep alive since we don't have time to get out there and repot and replant. Just not enough hours in a week to do much gardening. I'd love to have some big pots of plants and flowers like you and my m-i-l.

Cheryl said...

No wonder your yard is so beautiful. That is a ton of work that goes into keeping everything looking so good.

I just can't put as much energy into my plants and bushes anymore. Of course in a month or two, they will all be burried under mountains of snow. The beauty of nature is,they just keep coming back.

Don't work too hard! I hope those creatures and other bugs stay clear of your house. YUCK!

Take care, my friend.

shay said...

I'm really not so good at the bug thing. I sort of understand the whole wanting the season to change.
We don't have the weather you do but being in Vancouver we don't get the extreme cold either. I'm terrible at keeping my plants going after I loose interest (which is pretty quickly actually)

Donna said...

From one Texan to another...You Go Girl!!hahahahaa....hughugs

Tabitha said...

I have just about killed every plant that I have ever owned ha ha
love and hugs XXXXXXX

BoufMom9 said...

Is this your yard?!?!? If so, I think I hate you! How, dear Lord, does your yard look so good in texas, yet my yard in NJ...well, let's just say, you will never see pictures.... LOL
Seriously, your pictures are gorgeous!

KeiserKids said...

Great story! thank you for seeing my skywacth and your comment

SabrinaT said...

PB was bitten on the hand, and spent 3 days in the hospital from a centipede bite. In Hawaii they have poisonous ones.
The garden looks lovely!

Midwest Mommy said...

That bug-Gross!
Your yard-beautiful!

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