As usual, the summer is just flying by! It’s been super hot and humid in Western New York this summer. We are in a severe drought. The grass is brown and brittle. I have had to water my flowers to keep them alive, and I am afraid that doesn’t help the cause. We need a few days of nothing but good ole’ rain.
This year, I have observed some things that I unfortunately don’t have much control over:
- The deer. No matter how much I try, they are desperate for food. They have eaten all of my hostas, even with my egg mixture on them. It is simply too dry and food is scarce. I am not really too worried about this. I am just going with the flow this year.
- I am covering up my tomatoes and and daylilies at night just to deter the deer from devastating my tomato crop, and my lilies. This is the first year I have actually had a great bunch of lilies! They usually eat them before they even bloom!
- The garden is lacking a bit of luster because of the drought, but also, I have worked harder than any other year to keep up on watering. I have to remember that it’s still just the first quarter of summer and things will eventually start blooming more.
- I am also realizing how important the morning dew is for your plants, especially during a drought. What little moisture it brings makes a big difference!
I have added the following to my garden:
- Foxglove — Light orange and different!
- Delphinium — Love the look of these, and got two at the Farmer’s Market.
- Hydrangeas –I purchased four of these, and I plan on buying more. These are perfect for most parts of my partially shaded yard.
- Balloon Flower– I dug up the one I bought last year accidentally!
- White Globe Thistle — My most surprising, unique addition. It grows like crazy and has done well in the drought!
So here are a few things that are blooming in my garden, some new, some old. All make me happy to see them in the morning!