The hardships of summer…

Posted by on July 6, 2009 at 10:40 pm.
African Daisy

African Daisy

Wow!  It has been a while since I  posted.  What with the tornado (debris was finally picked up this week), the 100+ degree heat in June, and a mini ‘stay-cation’ (since John was finally able to get a few days off) I haven’t been able to get much done here or in the garden.  And boy does it show!

Everything is just looking so miserable.  Some things are starting to come around a bit with yesterday’s and today’s cooler temps, but it was just too late for some things.  I was able to spend some time in the garden today and it was all yanking stuff out.  The hollyhocks are gone.  The cosmos, as lovely as they are, had become weeds – everywhere.  Grass was overtaking the beds.  Trees were coming up all over the place.  Some of the tomatoes finally succumbed to the damage from the tornado.  The African daisy is crispy.  The horseradish has a lot of brown leaves, but it will make it.

It sounds like I have done a lot – and I guess I have – but it’s not even a fraction of what needs to be



done.  I pretty much only got to one small bed.  I’m hoping that I will be able to spend a lot more time in the garden tomorrow.  I’m trying to access and decide what I want to keep and what really needs to go.  I have a rose, the ‘Shropshire Lad’, that has only had four blooms on it in the past five years… and they were all this year.  It still doesn’t look happy.  I hate to get rid of it since it at least has made more of an effort this year.  And it is a David Austin rose.  But it will probably never do well.

I don’t have any pictures from today.  I was too busy ripping stuff out.  These pictures are from

several weeks ago.  I will try to get more pictures tomorrow.

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