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A '4'oclock' in my garden bed. A bloom is expected in about a week.

A ‘4 o’clock’ in my garden bed. A bloom is expected in about a week.

MONDAY NIGHT — WOWWWWEEEEEE.

You’d think by the way it’s raining, we’re in Portland, Oregon. But no, it’s Austin, Texas. And it’s July no less.

But, hey, you aren’t hearing this gardener complaining.

'Pencil' cactus in our backyard succulent garden. (July 15, 2013)

‘Pencil’ cactus in our backyard succulent garden. (July 15, 2013). Our neighbor has one of these almost as tall as their house wall.

My plants are HAPPY, HAPPY…and the rain is leaving the best light in which to take photos. This is awesome!!

The garden beds are almost empty except for a row of ‘almost-ready-to-bloom’ 4 O’ CLOCKS.

These guys make me smile.

My Grandma and Grandpa Stricklin had them in their yard.

At age 10, I would head out at exactly 4 p.m. and wait for those puppies to open.

When I told my Grandma they weren’t opening, she said, ‘well, they don’t exactly open at 4 p.m., but right around that time.’

More from the backyard succulent garden.

More from the backyard succulent garden. (July 15, 2013).

I must have been ok with her explanation, because I left her side, went into the backyard and waited by those 4 O’ CLOCKS until they opened. (I think I even stayed til they closed up.)

According to my calendar, my 4 O’ CLOCKS should have flowers in about a week and if I’m lucky the squirrels won’t eat the buds.

Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to seeing the results of all the rain.