As summer draws to an end, I wanted to post a #tbt to the July 4th weekend. Enjoy.
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!
I’m currently getting some posts ready, but in the mean time, I will put up a picture because I am going too long between blog posts lately! So, on this COLD, SNOWY, and rainy morning, here’s some warm thoughts. Enjoy.
Afternoon walks can be beautiful. Enjoy.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving– the weather was perfect here– good enough to take a nice walk along our new canal path and feed the ducks in the nearby park!
However, the days to follow were not so nice. I have still have not had a chance to plant anemone bulbs like I wanted, and I hoping this weekend will be the one, or they are going in containers!
I went to my parents and celebrated Thanksgiving this past Saturday, and it was cold and rainy. I was able to sneak out of the house and go take a walk in the woods. I escaped to the pines my father planted when he was a boy. Of course, I couldn’t help but take a picture. Or two. Enjoy.
The imperfection in the picture is actually what makes it perfect. Enjoy.
I guess I have never been on a hike during this time of year. It’s either when everything is completely bare or full-on green. Seeing the little green sprouts on everything was absolutely beautiful to me, and I could help but take a picture. Enjoy.
As I had mentioned in my Monday post, Sunday was our inaugural trip to the park. It was a beautiful day and we had so much fun! I just loved how the sun shone through the mighty oak trees in the park on this early spring afternoon, so I couldn’t help myself, I had to take a picture! Enjoy.