I know we normally do our letters on Sunday, but tonight is my first chance to write. I have the Back-to-School Blues which are composed of meetings, supply runs and uniform shopping. Bear starts back on Wednesday, and the other two returned to school last week. Hard to believe I have a junior, a freshman and a 5th grader (who is smarter than me, by the way).
We have tomatoes!!! With the lower temperatures in the 90s, the tomato blossoms have turned into lots of little green tomatoes. There should be enough time left for them to ripen. We had three inches of rain last week, and it is supposed to rain tonight. I will need to watch for blossom end rot, which happens when water is inconsistent.
Today’s harvest was two small eggplants, five green beans from the pole beans, three cucumbers, a pepper and three strawberries. Go figure. Something happened to some of the bush bean plants. I now only have three plants out of twelve. I don’t know what happened to the others, but I could replant them for the fall. Today, I pulled up the remaining squash plants which only produced a few squash. I also pulled up a tomato plant, a German green one, because it was diseased (not late blight thank goodness), but it didn’t have any green tomatoes and no blooms. Into the burn pile it went, but not the compost because I don’t want more disease.
As for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, I have more.
With the rain and deadheading, the roses have returned. Almost all of them are blooming again, including the Austins. The antiques, like ‘Perle d’Or’ and ‘Marie Pavie’, are especially pretty now.
Considering that we are in the middle of August, normally one of the hottest months of the year, the garden looks pretty good. Blooms are a bit more sparse, but the overall effect is one of delicate beauty.
The Phlox paniculata is still blooming, but it is starting to wane. However, I noticed ‘Mt. Fuji’ was strutting its stuff next to the autumn clematis. It is a soft contrast to the photo above.
Carol, thank you for once again hosting Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. It was fun to see what was blooming in my garden this month.