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!