Wow, after all the holiday posts, it is nice to get back to the garden for a bit. The weather did cooperate for me, giving me lots of cool and rainy days to post about Christmas ideas, then turning back to warmer and sunny for getting back to the present. Unfortunately it is now maddeningly hot. Heat absolutely makes me wilt and I hate it. While we were making holiday projects and getting new ideas, my flowers kept going. The torenias are spilling down the sides of their baskets, and I managed to grab the camera when the hummingbird paid a visit.
She comes regularly, but only stays a short time. By the time I notice the movement and run for the camera she is usually gone.
I am pretty sure she is a girl, there is no red on her.
July is the time for my gladiolas to bloom, and they did. I thought they should bloom in June so I was disappointed in them then, but I just needed to wait another month for gorgeous flowers. A couple of hard rainstorms broke the spires, so I had to cut them and bring them indoors to a vase to enjoy. One thing about glads, the flowers will continue to open even after cutting. Here is the white one…
and the yellow.
This gorgeous deep apricot one is in the back on the mountainside. It is either a volunteer or was planted years ago by the previous owner of the house.
DH was kind enough to get out there on the slope behind the chain link fence after a rain, and dig up several by the roots to replant in the front flower bed with the yellow ones. I cut the spires for the inside vase and planted the bulbs. The little daisy was a gift from a friend, and I think I’ll plant it too.
The lighter color apricot is also from the mountainside.
Lovely together aren’t they?
A misty, foggy morning during the Christmas in July event shows the layers of hills across the valley. It is so thick that you cannot see the next high ridge that I show on my header photo. By the way, I changed the header photo to a summer pic.
My caladium seems happy in its place, another gift from a friend.
I planted the johnny jump-ups too late and they never bloomed.
But the little dianthus flowers keep going.
These yellow torenias continue to bloom too, I just love these flowers and so do the bees.
All the impatiens are getting huge and blooming profusely.
It is just too frazzling hot to get out and deadhead the hydrangea, and I need to clean up the torenias and the geraniums. On the bright side, the lobelias don’t need any tending, and they are still blooming nicely.
The super belles are getting a bit leggy, and the blooms are few and far between.
And I was very surprised to find a squash plant growing in the middle of them! How it got planted there is a mystery, but I suspect a squirrel did it as I keep running one off the porch that has been digging in the pots. The squash plant has produced some flowers but no veggies yet. Well, at least it has some flowers, maybe I’ll get a squash or two. The others have been eaten by something, the plants are completely gone. Rabbits or some other leaf eater got them all, and my broccoli too.
The tomato plants have only produced a total of three little tomatoes, and I do not understand why they won’t grow better. They get 7 hours of sun a day, plenty of water, and I have given them marvelous soil and fertilizer. So, I am still buying tomatoes at the farmer’s market and the produce stands. Also in the front bed, the verbena is still going strong so why the veggies aren’t doing well is beyond me.
What’s blooming in your garden?
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