This last Monday at 5:30 pm, my sunroom and the side porch on the west side registered 102 degrees. We've had a lot of hot days and fairly warm nights this summer - 90's in the afternoon and 60's in the mornings. I have been running around every day with watering cans to keep all the plants watered and happy. Then Wednesday the monsoonal moisture started showing up with afternoon and evening thunderstorms. We have rain forecast again for the weekend. Wednesday's humidity was a whopping 40%! (I know, you east-coasters and mid-westerners, don't laugh! Humidity usually doesn't even register on our indoor/outdoor sensor). The sunflowers love it. Heck, we all love it!
I hope I end up getting some squash and pumpkins out of these monsters! Does anyone know a good way to make sure that happens? I know it's a matter of nitrogen to phosphorus to something or another.
Anyway..... let's go beyond the orange tiger lily thingy, there's more monster plants to inspire or terrify you.....
I never have a vision or a Plan, which I guess you are supposed to have for a garden. I just plant what I think I will like. I was taking some pictures last week of the upper garden because I am so happy with the way it looks right now. I got to thinking, how this garden area has changed in 10 years. I started looking through pictures, and I found the first one I took, in the spring of 2005. I had already cut the horrible gigantic evergreen bushes down, and I wish I had taken a picture of the monsters. They must have been planted back in the 50's or 60's, when the juniper bush was in vogue. Yuck! I hate those things.
That's what is going on in my garden. What's going on in yours?
By the way, I promised I'd post a photo of my Sessions clock, newly returned from the clock repair shop. My mother passed it down to me - it was a wedding present and she had received two of the same kind. She still has a more ornate clock which will be mine someday. I love having my clock! Probably not worth a lot but it has a very nice tone when striking.