This morning, after breakfast, I walked six times around our property (five acres of it) which took approximately thirty minutes.
What does that have to do with gardening?
Just this . . . as I walked out my back door, the crunch of the river rock met my ears, and my nose was enticed by . . . the essence of cloves from the Dianthus, the intense perfume of the Phlox paniculata, and an intoxicating tea scent from the shrub roses. My fingers itched to play, but my feet told me to get walking, so I did. I am gaining weight, and it’s probably because I have no vegetables to eat.
About the produce, what can I say? If this summer were my first to grow vegetables, I would throw up my hands and quit. Out of the thirteen or so tomato plants I placed lovingly in the soil, I’ve eaten two paltry, but tasty, fruit. This is of course not counting ‘Sungold’ the cherry tomato who bravely soldiers on.
I blame our crazy summer weather for this lack of tomato goodness. Meanwhile, the vining green beans keep climbing and taking up space, blooming and then . . . nothing. Any ideas? Is it the heat dome which covered our state most of the summer?
By the by, my friends in Washington and Oregon, you are not used to this abysmal weather, and yet, you are still growing and glowing, ‘er sweating. along with me and other gardeners across the U.S. I salute you.
Although my vegetables are struggling, ornamental plants, like the hummingbird shrub shown above, are doing extremely well. They don’t need such even temperatures.
Last week, we had three days of rain and cooler temperatures, for which I am exceedingly thankful, but today the heat dome is back in place with temperatures of 100F today, 102F tomorrow and 101F on Wednesday. After our respite, it seems especially cruel.
Those lower temperatures were so enticing that as I wrote in my last missive, I hit the nursery sales. I found two lovely roses, the Floribunda, ‘Kimberlina’, and the Shrub,’White Meidiland’.
The white shrub is already in her permanent home, but I still need to plant ‘Kimberlina’. I replaced a very blackspot ridden ‘Mardi Gras’ with the white because I just refuse to spray anymore. My roses look bedraggled throughout the heat of summer. Some even lose their leaves completely, but with the cooler temperatures, they generally spring back into action, providing me with a second spring.
So, that’s it. All I’ve got for my hard work, veggie-wise, are some cucumbers, three ‘Yummy’ peppers, a small eggplant and one tomato (which I ate in my store-bought salad greens).
I hope things are going better for y’all, and I think, like Mary Ann, I’m just going to join a CSA next year. Kamala Gamble from Kam’s Kookery has a nice one, but it’s all the way in Nichols Hills for goodness sake.
Anyway, until next week, I remain affectionately yours,