Midsummer in the South! Hard baked clay, lack of rain, temperatures in the 90’s – day in – day out!
The Hosta are stressed – pots and baskets dry out if left without water for one day and insects are rampant! But some signs of summer are encouraging! The first mums are blooming – I saw a purple aster in bloom yesterday – Crepe Myrtle love the heat – Black-Eyed Susan are exploding – Butterflies and bees abound on aromatic blossoms – St John’s Wort is in a third blooming and roses in a fourth cycle. I have a number of projects underway and they seem to never end. With high temperatures and unforgiving humidity plus a knee that hurts, I am somewhat limited in time I can spend and some days after a morning 45 minutes, I am ready to go back inside and just read about gardening!
Projects include my shade garden which I began in late winter and my rock hillside which commenced a year ago and after over ten tons of rock, I am still finishing portions of the eight foot high clay bank. This Fall I will move Hosta to the shade garden and plant a half dozen azalea which I rescued from an errant planting by a wannabe landscaper who acted like he had to force the azaleas to enjoy a sunny planting in red clay. So let’s take a stroll on this hot morning and see what is new or changed since our July venture.
I hear a distant roll of thunder but its become common every day. Few storms reach us and we have had only light sprinkles this week. Thank you for visiting!
3 thoughts on “A Garden Stroll on August 15th”
Beautiful tour of your gardens and projects. Love seeing it all come together.
George, you are doing AMAZING things in your gardens!! They look beautiful! Thanks for sharing😄