The name of this moon is supposed to refer to the golden crops and grass, but this year things have already been brown and yellow for a long time. It's really depressing driving through the countryside and seeing so many dead trees, standing out golden-colored among the dull green of trees still hanging in there.
The only good side I can see to this is the Ligustrum (aka Privet) seems to be one of the trees suffering the worst in this drought, and it's an invasive species. Maybe that will cut back on its numbers a bit.
On the other hand, the invasive Chinaberry trees seem to be doing fine, and some native trees also look terrible. All the red oaks look completely dead, their leaves look like parchment (rather than turning bright red like they're supposed to in the fall). Most elms, ashes, and bald cypress also look bad. About the only trees that are still green are the Ashe junipers and the live oaks, but they're a sickly, dull green.
Oh, and of course the mesquite and huisache are fine, but those are trees that are right at home in far south and west Texas. Maybe if drought conditions persist, those are the trees that will end up being the dominant ones in the landscape. Well, at least we'll have something.
The garden hasn't changed much in the last month. In August we got NO rain. Not a drop! The only things alive are the things I'm watering. Everything else is toast. That cold front we had for Labor Day was nice for a little while (well, for those of us who didn't get displaced by wildfires), but it's already crept back up to being over 100 every day again.
And that's pretty much it out in the garden.
I never did plant my fall peppers. They're still really small. Peppers from seed always grow so slowly for me. I'm going to try an experiment with them, and see if I can keep them in pots through the winter and plant them out in spring. Maybe by then they'll be big. Peppers are perennials in their natural habitat anyway, so maybe this will work out. We'll see.