Flowers and Weather: Number 9 in a Garden Photo Series
Did we Skip Spring, or have Summer and Spring Switched Places this Year?
As usual, the weather’s changing. Here's a confusing question for confused weather:
Are the hot, dry dog days of summer over now that spring is gone?!
Just now, when we expected hot weather to be setting in, some rain is bringing a cool down from this past spring’s incredible heat.
100-year records were set for this time of year, and I really am not sure whether there will be any flowers left in my yard for blooming this summer.
Nurseries will be glad to provide new plants for gardeners sharing this situation, once we decide what to do to make up for the lack of color.
Thankfully, here in the south, there will be lots of choices no matter what the weather decides to do!
Growing, Growing, Growing!
I am still expecting my white Rose of Sharon’s blooms, and my white crepe myrtles, though blooming, are going about it in a slow fashion, meaning they should last a while. Mums are still budding and they won’t wait until fall.
My friend tells me good news on that note. When mums bloom this early the plants can be cut back with expectation that they will bloom again in the fall. She's usually right so I'll give it a try.
We are getting some fast growth on two sugar maples that I hope will double in size soon, but ivy that I want to get rid of is laughing it’s way into every nook and cranny it can find. What little grass I have in the front yard is crispy right now and I expect it will need some tender care and patching through the rest of this year.
Weather means more when you have a garden. There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
-A. J. D'Angelo
A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often--just to save it from drying out completely.
Southerners sometimes refer to the term weather as if it is unusual to have it. “Looks like we are going to have some weather tonight.” or “Be careful out there, looks like some weather is moving in.” This terminology reminds me of the reply to, “Oh no, another birthday.” What’s the alternative to no more birthdays...or no more weather?
A funny weather quote goes something like this: "Weather forecasting is right too often for us to ignore it, yet wrong too often for us to depend on it." Here’s to weather watching after this hot spring! It could be more interesting than what we’ve already seen...but don’t be alarmed, the weather’s always changing.
So, enough rambling. I’m finishing up my spring garden photo series with this variety of flowers that have held on to their blooms in the sustained heat they’ve had to endure this year. Simple captions are included with the pictures to give you a bit of info in case a particular flower catches your eye and you want to further investigate it. I’m just hoping to find something to practice my photography on this summer!
Enjoy this Breezy Garden Video :)
A Look at this Garden Photo Series
• Number 7 -- Platycodons are a funny name for the Balloon Flower. Would you like to have balloons bouncing in the sunshine of your garden? Choose these flowers!
• Number 5 -- Peonies for unparalleled beauty and fragrance. An incomparable bloom long-cherished for it charms. The sun brings out its aroma after a rain shower and it will stop you in your tracks.
• Number 1 -- Oak Leaf Hydrangea is a stunning old-fashioned plant. So unique that the question people most often ask is, "What is that?" A hardy friend rain or shine, this show stopper almost takes care of itself.
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