Hurrah might be spreading it on a bit thick. July and August, with their heat and drought, are not my favorite months in the garden. However, they do beat February like a drum, so Happy Bloom Day, hosted each month on the 15th by Carol of May Dreams Gardens.
It’s still hot in beautiful, breezy Oklahoma, but a cold front is scheduled to come through this evening, and not a moment too soon. Eleven days straight of 104F and above temperatures is making everyone cranky including the plants.
Some of the plants, with water, like the petunias and verbena above, are happier than I expected. I do like this color combination, which is planted with yellow and blue-pink daylilies. The daylilies are nearly finished, and the camera lens I use most often is broken, so this will be a mostly macro post.
There is still a lot of color, but the plants are much more washed out and bloomed out than last month. I’ve noticed that the drought tolerant plants are doing the best, of course, but their blooms are smaller than normal, and some are choosing to hunker down and not bloom at all until September. The Rudbeckia and the shasta daisies are two that are blooming smaller.
The only creatures not effected by this drought are the butterflies and dragonflies. They seem to love the neglect my garden is getting this summer along with the heat. I am reminded of the first gardening book I ever bought. I was nineteen and living in a college dorm highrise in Norman, Oklahoma. Why then did I buy a gardening book when I had no extra time for reading and no space for a garden? I think I was overloaded from my studies and missing nature. The book? Theme Gardens: Revised Edition, by Barbara Damrosch. If I remember correctly, the book was split into six different gardens, each with its own plan. I was drawn to the rose garden and the butterfly garden. Fancy that. But, I was dismayed at her words about the butterfly garden:
“If you were able to ask your local butterflies what they would most like in your yard, you might be a bit discouraged. ‘We would like an untidy mess,’ they would say, ‘the grass should never be cut. The most common weeds should overrun the garden and lawn.'”
Ah, no wonder they are so happy here.
Mary Ann of Idaho Gardener asked me the color of my perennial Hibiscus, ‘Moy Grande’ so I included a photo of it. “Pink” just doesn’t seem to capture its essence, any more than it does for the recording artist of the same name (a favorite of mine). My hair was once the same platinum as Pink’s, but no body art for me.
Joan, a friend from COHS, asked about my Mom. Mom is doing about as well as can be expected. She is having surgeries every other day to keep her surgery site clean. Her pneumonia seems to be responding to antibiotics. As the doctors have said, this is a marathon to Cheyenne, Wyoming, not a sprint. If things continue to go well, it will take six months to a year for her to become better. Thanks to everyone who has asked, and thank you for all of your comments. I read all of them even if I don’t get a chance to respond. Thanks to those who have prayed for my mother too. Without your prayers and the doctors’ skill, she wouldn’t be here.