It has been hot, dry and windy at Garden on Sherlock Street. Most of the gardening here has been watering. Plants have died. Luckily, nothing major or perennial so far. I have some dwarf Alberta spruces who may call it quits this summer. They've been getting scorched the last two summers. This year, they look terrible! My arborvitae which almost crisped last summer may also give it up. Time will tell. Working the soaker hoses a lot.
I worked by patio light Friday evening late and got up early Saturday morning before the sun to be able to spend some time in the garden when it wasn't too hot. I cut back a lot of annuals which had gone to seed, hunted squash bugs, swept the sidewalks and watered!
Personal fireworks are banned in our area this year. It is too dry. We're hoping the city's fireworks display can still take place. Fire crews are fighting grass fires in the countryside everyday. I feel for them having to do that in general; but especially since we have temperatures well over 100 Fahrenheit. Independence Day will be quieter this year. There will still be a parade and other fun activities to get the community together. BBQs will be plentiful I'm sure.
So, the arrival of the solar owls I won at In The Garden was a welcome diversion from the heat. Side note: Tina left the very first comment on GonSS when I started blogging. She has a lot going on in her garden. Her friend Skeeter also contributes to In The Garden. These two ladies do a great job of sharing their plants and their projects. Check it out when you get a chance.
Serenity Health asked Tina to host the giveaway. They have tons of great garden stuff! A company promoting relaxation products is just what I needed while stressing out about the plants dying in this heat.
Here's the arrival of the owls.
I was happy to find out that the solar owls rechargeable batteries are accessible. When they start to weaken, I can put in new rechargeable batteries to keep these guys glowing for years to come.
The instructions said to make sure they were turned off and let them charge a full day before turning them on. Sunshine I've got! Out to the BBQ area they went.
Look at those eyes!
While they were cute by the BBQ area, I walk through the place they were sitting a lot so that would not be their roosting spot.
They look good filling the space left vacant after the garlic harvest.
The end of the berm could use something since the bachelor buttons are gone now. (Should have swept the stepping stones before taking photo.)
Maybe in this bed where I'm hoping the petunias and perslane I recently bought on discount will fill in.
I think this is a good spot for them. For now at least. They're fun to move around.
Thank you Serenity Health.
Thank you Tina.
We have family from out of state home to visit and a lot of fun activities in our community for Independence Day. I may not post for a while [who wants to watch me melt in the heat anyway :-)].
Happy Independence Day.
To my out of the USA readers, Happy 4th of July! :-)
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