coneflower, hydrangea, rudbeckia
banana trees, roses!! and daisies
I hope that your Midsummer is filled with flowers and harvests, Love and Peace!
and all at once, summer collapsed into fall… Oscar Wilde
The colors are slow to change this year, since our muggy-hot temperatures wore out their welcome. We’ve spent the last week or so bouncing around freezing, so the yellows and oranges that I love are becoming more plentiful….on the ground! Still, Fall is a beautiful Season…
My nasturtium has been amazing this year, blooming still…
Warm colors, cool temperatures…a month before we have to start scrambling for Christmas…I think I’ll sit back and have another cup of tea…
We’re harvesting tomatoes and peppers daily, and this week-end we’ll have a big pot of green beans (with new potatoes and bacon) from the poles. It’s time to make pesto with the basil, smudge sticks with the sage, and dry the oregano and thyme. I like basil, mozzarella, and tomato sandwiches and Casey likes bacon, basil, and tomato sandwiches. …Mmmm yum… It’s all Good…
When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.
— Minnie Aumonier
Never lose an opportunity for seeing anything that is beautiful;
For Beauty is God’s handwriting–
A Wayside Sacrament.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, and I am grateful for the abundant sunshine and cooling breezes, for blooming flowers and fruiting crops; and for You, dear Readers.
On this day of the longest sunshine
I send you love and light and warm wishes.
I had bought some better-boys that looked so much sturdier than the others, but when I got them home, they looked (and grew) nothing like the usual bb’s I’ve planted. They continued to just bush out, sort of like a husky cherry, so I ran out and bought 3 more better boys just before we went to NYC. I just popped the weird ones over to some pots and they’re okay. The new, normal-looking, plants are small, but they’ll catch up by August or so… In the meantime, I evidently mislabeled a roma as a better boy when I was separating starts, so there is no telling what we’ll end up with!
Michael kept the veggies in good shape while we were gone and added the roses to the water-list. Still, the roses want attention: the leaves were pretty well chewed when we returned. We’ve saturated them with insecticide soap and they look some better, but… I thought knockout roses were supposed to be easy-peasy. Is it just me?
As we sneak up on summer, the humidity around here is sticky, and the bugs are god-awful. I have a patch of chiggers living where the sun don’t shine, and the itching is insufferable. We spray our lawn with something that keeps down the insects, but by the time we get it done this year I’m going to be raw… No amount of deet works against chiggers, so I’m just spraying off the upper torso. So far, skeeters are minimal.
It will be worth it when I’m feasting on zucchini and tomatoes and green beans and bell peppers…
The West Front Flower Patch…
The Edible Garden…
No rain has helped us to keep the gardens hydrated through these hot, muggy days, so that’s been my major accomplishment for the week. Our local Shriner Fest started Wednesday and I’ve been distracted by the Air Show and my Favorite–Ultimate Air Dogs. After I do some lavender-trimming and day lily dead-heading, I’m heading back down to the Riverfront for More!!!
Enjoy your day and drink water, drink water, drink water..!