Sunday, July 20, 2008

Everything in the garden's looking lovely

We have actually managed to get through a whole week without rain, a first this spring and summer. The bad news, however, although we have had no rain it is still very humid, and hotter than a camel's armpit. The temperature yesterday was 92°F, but when you factor in the humidity, the heat index made it 105°F. Today, it’s 94°F, but really it’s 107°F. And it’s set to get even hotter next week! I’m just thankful that we had a new heat and air conditioning system installed in the spring, as our old one was forever conking out.

Anyway, the garden has been loving all the heat and rain we’ve had, even though we’re now back to watering regularly. Mick usually takes care of all the veggies around here, and I take care of the flowers, and herbs. Here are a few of the flowers I’m growing this year.


I've forgotten what this is called

Lucky Pot of Gold Lantana

More Petunias. This area is overgrown as it's a place the toads like to hang-out.

This is a weed, but it looked so pretty

Dreamland Yellow

Dreamland Coral, which are almost at the deadheading stage.

This Verbena is taking over.

Imperial Blue Plumbago

Skyscraper Sunflower, this will flower any day now, and is living up to its name. That is the roof of our shed in the background!

Black-Eyed Susans. I know these grow wild everywhere around here, but I like them. She's cozying up with basil. The stones on the right are Toad Hall.

White Begonia. Either side of her, out of the picture are two Flowering Dogwood saplings.

Red Begonia, with her friend Basil in the background. In the pot with the mesh around it is an Eastern Redbud sapling.

White Geranium

Pink Geranium

Anyway, I must dash as I need to bathe in bug spray, and get the hosepipe out.

Toodle pip.


pamokc said...

Gorgeous garden! I love that purple hanging basket. I don't know what those are called. Every year is an experiment for us on finding things that won't die in the full sun. My husband spent Saturday moving hydrangeas around .... just when you think there is a shady enough spot, you find out you are wrong!

plantgirl said...

Your garden is beautiful - and those sunflowers look different than any others I've seen - can't wait to see pics of them blooming

Janet said...

Thanks, Pam. All of our flowers with the exception of the sunflowers, are at the front of the house, which does get some shade in the afternoons. It's still bloody hot though, even in the shade.

Thanks, PG. I'll post a pic when they bloom.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Your garden looks great Jan and I envy you the shade at the front. My only shady are is at the side of the house where nobody see's it! Keep up the good work...

Btw amazing the difference in conditions from west to east of the state. Our humidity is always low it seems.