In the morning just before sunrise I take the puppies out for their morning piddle. Sometimes I'm early enough to see the bats returning to roost in the patio's recessed lights. The lights are starting to pop out. I think the resident bats are bringing home friends (no Christian Bale, though). Must order that bat house...
Yesterday after the morning routine of puppy care and so forth, I checked the bulbils, twelve days after planting. They look good.
Tugged on many of them, all resisted! Dug one out...
Roots! Cool! That didn't take long.
I planted all these a few days after the first batch. Quite a few of them variegated. Not tested for roots--I'll check next week.
Then we got invaded by Edison trucks. The street's transformer was leaking oil and in danger of exploding. Aloes still blooming...
The environmental clean up guys arrived to remove the transformer oil. When they saw the transformer, they all started to laugh. I don't know why. Neighbor's Abelia and Bougainvillea there, trimmed into globes and loafs:
Crepe myrtle. One of the electrical guys got into his crane-bucket and shut the power off to the entire street. Nothing to do now but garden in between bouts of puppy care and wait. It happened to be the coolest day we've had in weeks. It was such a relief and joy to be back out in the garden.
Roses while they set up their crane:
Jacaranda tree snuck in with the crane:
New transformer being prepared, and the neighbor's Phormium tenax:
They set the crane stabilizer right next to my Calandrinia, and squashed a bit of it.
I picked figs while the environmental guys cleaned up the oil.
The electrical guys relaxed and watched the environmental clean-up guys clean up the leaking oil and drain the old transformer. One of the electrical guys walked off to have a loud argument with his wife over an iPhone. By the time the environmental guys were done the sun was beginning to set. I sat in the deepening darkness watching the bats flitter off for their night of bug hunting, then joined neighbors and Beloved on the street to watch the electrical guys work and wait the power to come back on. Finally it did.
The bats of course slept the whole day. I have no idea how to get a photo of them in the dark.