I spent a lot of time this past weekend checking the soaker hoses. Those drips of water are keeping the garden alive during these 100 plus (Fahrenheit) degree days.
Some plants are doing just fine despite the heat and without any extra water.
The Russian Sage in front of the house gets only what Mother Nature provides. It is tall, full and scented. The bees are loving the Russian Sage.
Please ignore the hose. The shrubs beyond the Russian Sage were getting a drink.
I have taken down all of my hanging baskets, and have them where they get shade for part of the day. I also have them sitting on plastic buckets filled with water. They draw water up into the basket through the day.
My Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan' was nearly nibbled off this spring by the bunnies. It's getting water when I run the soaker hose and is now blooming. Also, it produces seeds last year and I have a couple of volunteers in the same bed.
The gomphrena is blooming!! I do need to make sure these plants get watered regularly.
I think the flowers are sweet.
I don't think I've ever watered the hens and chicks along the side of the house. This year, they're looking a bit pale. I have some more hens and chicks near our air conditioner. They get a little more shade and a little more water. They look happier.
Even the lamb's ears plants, which usually fill the bed under this window, are struggling without extra water this year.
The Maximilian's Sunflower which is native here is looking a bit distressed.
It got a drink Saturday.
The globe thistle seems just fine.
The shovel bird my uncle made us seems to be good no matter what the weather is. :-)
My friend Melanie shared a butterfly weed seedling with me this past spring. I was sad when one day I discovered it limp on the ground. Imagine my surprise when it resprouted from the root. I have an old hanging basket frame over it for protection.
The red cardinal climber plants are growing, but not blooming. Maybe it is too hot for the blooms to make it.
A week ago, I gave the plumbago a good soaking. Now, it is blooming!
The pumpkin is hanging on in this bed. I'm worried that it won't make any pumpkins though. Like a lot of the vegetable plants, it seems to be surviving but not blooming or producing in the heat.
The bed under the eave of the patio is usually full of self seeding four o'clock plants by this time each year. After I remove the spent bachelor buttons and dame's rockets, they just need a nice rain to get growing. I did water this bed Sunday morning in hopes that the four o'clocks will take off.
Purple fountain grass loves the heat. I just need to water it.
The trash can containers on the patio are doing well. I have Jacob's Coat, ice plant and a red trailing verbena planted in them.
I hung out the hummingbird feeders.
One of my sister-in-laws gave me these ant moats. The idea is that ants won't be able to get to the sugar water if the little inverted umbrellas are filled with water. I just hope the heat and the wind doesn't dry them out too quickly each day. They are cute!
I chased this butterfly around the garden a bit on Saturday. Here he's posing.
Here, he's fluttering
Tomatoes are making there way to the kitchen counter where they finish ripening. Left to right: brandywine heirloom, mater sandwich, sweet baby and chocolate cherry
I'm getting a little help from this baby praying mantis.
Here's my milo crop. Purple majesty millet.
I think I planted it too thick but that's ok.
I bought a granular organic fertilizer recently. I went for a balanced formula. All the containers and most of the vegetable plants got some before I watered them well. I'm hoping some of the vegetables will kick it in gear and produce better. I know the containers needed a boost as all the watering has surely washed out many of the soil's nutrients.
Do you have a favorite organic fertilizer? Mostly, I go for having healthy soil and adding compost but those containers usually need a little something more. I'm open to suggestions.
Hope your garden is doing well.
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