Events finally conspired however, and this year we have flowers, a series of pink and yellow long lasting blooms, for the first time ever.
August heat or not, there are jobs that desperately need to be done, centrally involving cutting back completely overgrown opuntia, agave and countless volunteer hackberry seedlings intermingled in a wild run of sprinkler blocking branches. Today I decided to get started on beds on the downhill side.
As I was working my way from drive to corner I discovered both types of paper wasps nesting in the overgrowth, polistes exclamans and polistes carolina. (These wasp photos are from earlier this year. Today's work was not a photo op.) 9/7/15 Update: While the wasp in this photo is P. exclamans, I now believe the wasps I ran across out front to be P. bellicosus. See this post for more on the saga.
|P. exclamans (top left) has a signature orange tipped antennae.|
|Polistes carolina harvesting wood pulp aka our bench|
Temperatures will drop. Both nests will be abandoned. Most of the plants growing in the areas where the sprinklers have been blocked by wasp nest-bearing branches, are mature native specimens. For today, I'm making no decision other than to keep a watchful eye on things. And hope like crazy for rain.