coneflower, hydrangea, rudbeckia
banana trees, roses!! and daisies
I hope that your Midsummer is filled with flowers and harvests, Love and Peace!
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 keep–or try to keep–a written journal of each gardening year, especially for marking my planting and harvest times. I also try to keep track of what worked, what didn’t, and just how much work it took to get it to work!!! I usually start out strong, chronicling my seed-starting and planting precisely, then trail off once I’ve gotten to the just maintenance part. Last night I caught up with my journal after a 2-week hiatus.
I did it again—neglected my garden journal.
Everything has grown like crazy–temps summer-like and humid.
Front porch: wicker planter and houseplants out 6/13. Fountain is cool.
Hydrangeas — cut back to clear window 6/12 and now rain has front blooms on the ground. Need to cut them all back. Blooms cut from back are drying on front porch. Laid soaker hose.
North Garden — added daisies, pruned and trimmed, put riprap around edge, added soaker hose.
Butterfly/Bird garden (east) — Lovely! Added a flat dish hummingbird feeder and hung all 3 from trellis. Read an article that said this may discourage bully-hummers, but..? Planted honeysuckle at N end of trellis—hoping to train it to cover top. Added soaker hose.
Daylilies — Huge (will need to be divided this year). Not sure I appreciate them enough for the work of constant deadheading the slimy blooms.
Pineapple Sage –okay. Holly — good. Soaker hose to all .
West (front) garden. Saw a mom goldfinch land on a coneflower, shadowed by her young’un. She tried another and decided finally on a large, more open bloom down the way. Baby followed and she showed him how to munch the seeds from the flower, then flew up to a branch to watch proudly as he/she fed like a pro. Black-eyed Susan vine growing like a weed and the Moonflower Vine is Alive!!!
Edibles— I do believe I’ll have ripe tomatoes by the 4th of July! Almost lost the bush zucchini, but I covered a broken spot with dirt and it looks like it’s surviving. fingers crossed. 3 of the ca wonder peppers look crappy, others okay.
It has rained the last 2 days and today’s high is predicted to be 97 degrees!!! Sounds extremely sticky, so I’m glad the pool is up now. Olivia and I are headed over to Henderson for lunch and to check out the Handy Blues Fest.
Stay cool, wherever you are!
The rain has been relentless; even today it’s threatening to start some precip through the white clouds… Time to stroll through the garden and see what is blooming and fruiting…
Even in the rain, I’ve been out grabbing a handful of the raspberries…sweet…
Not sure what’s going on with the blueberries. We bought a pair of 2 kinds in order to fertilize or whatever… they look like verry different plants…
I got a lot of pictures of green tomatoes…
when suddenly red popped up…
My original intention was to take pictures of the daylilies, though. I always get sidetracked by the edibles…All of the sunflowers amongst the daylilies were planted by the birds… One of our winter feeders is placed directly over the spot where they are flourishing..