This week has been an amazing heat swamp. 90s and air thick with humidity.
Toughies that we are, we took our delivery of four cubic yards of wood mulch and spread it in the vegetable garden and sideyard in just a couple hours. It really needed it. We found it had been three years since we last got mulch.
Now it's all beautiful.
Despite the heat, I raked my beds smooth and planted dozens of seeds. This might work, because there's always the idea of a second season in the garden. Planting now gives fall harvests, hopefully. For some reason I had the best time planting those flower and vegetable seeds, and that happiness can't be taken away by any crummy old weather to come.
In a season where we still had snow in May, accompanied by very cold temps, then very hot, I say anything goes. It also happens more often than not that it is still hot in September and October. There's a chance the garden will pick up the time it lost in spring with an extra gardening month in fall. Could happen.
Here are the garden highlights.
Drenched Barbara Mitchell
Daylily June Bug
Salvia "Rockin' Deep Purple"
Fuschia much happier in a new spot on the fence
Spiderman glorying in the sunshine
Verbena "Lascar Pink" happier in a new spot
Little volunteers from last year's annuals.
Dianthus "Supra Salmon"
I love this little planter with it's spigot and tiny fence with birds on it, but can't quite get a picture that does it justice.
Scraggly side yard all cleared out and ready for mulch. Dragging the hose through that dirt every day, ugh.
Where all the things from the side yard went.
The vegetable garden before weeding and raking beds smooth.
A new sitting spot in the vegetable garden, and the little mushroom guy gets to be my handy table.
This little corner makes the whole garden look pretty.
Veronica "First Love"
A mulched and much nicer sideyard.
The vegetable garden as it should be.