Summer Garden Heats Up (Six on Saturday, 6-30-18)

Sweetshrub "Aphrodite" has large cerise blooms that smell like apples

We’ve had a relatively moderate season: plenty of rain and temperatures that were warm but not too hot.

All of that changed yesterday, as the thermometer climbed to 90°F (32.22°C) by ten o’clock in the morning.

We will experience the same pattern for the next three days. Ugh.

Some people love summer heat, but I’m not one of them. I wither like a potted plant when the sun beats down and the moisture evaporates from the ground.

It becomes hibernation time.

As the garden enjoys the tropics (and the last of the bounty of rainfall), I admire it from the inside.

Marigold Is King of the Jungle

Yellow marigold shows its frilly golden petals
The marigolds are in their glory by the end of June.

Zinnia Circus

The zinnias have survived without deer netting or spray deterrent.  A friend suggested that zinnias are deer-proof, and she’s right. Of course, that didn’t stop one furry friend from testing out the blooms in a second flower bed.  “Off with their heads!” so to speak.

orange, pink, white, and fuchsia zinnia blossoms
The zinnias are showing their stuff. (Better get going on the weeding!)

Sage and Cucumber

The herbs and veggies are enjoying summertime, as well.

close up of a small cucumber growing in a large terra cotta pot
Cucumbers growing in pots are thriving so far.
Two potted sage plants have reached about 8 inches high
These sage plants were started from seed in February.

Daylilies

Day lilies will really start blooming in July, but this ‘Chocolate” variety has already begun the show.

Day lily bloom shows a bright yellow throt with dark peach colored outer petals
This variety came from my mom’s garden. The cultivar is, unfortunately, forgotten.

Aphrodite Sweetshrub (Calycanthus)

One of the best shows so far has been a one year-old sweetshrub that I sensibly protected with deer net.  It has been sending out these beautiful cerise blooms on last year’s growth.  The species is new to me.

Sweetshrub
Sweetshrub “Aphrodite” (Calycanthus) blooms

That’s my garden this week.  For more views of gardens from around the world, visit The Propagator.  

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4 comments

  1. Gorgeous Calycanthus flower ..! I dicovered this shrub a few years ago and I don’t have one here. ( Another in the wish-list ..)
    Have you already eaten your first cucumbers? A good year for them here.

    1. Yes, we are having a bumper crop of cukes. I like to make refrigerator pickles with them, as long as they are picked when small.

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