It is certainly summer here at Garden on Sherlock Street.
Sunny, windy and hot is the typical forecast. Rain has missed us lately. The rain barrels are getting lower. A front coming though tonight may bring some rain and is suppose to cool us off for a while.
We continue to watch our water usage as the city informs residents of the water situation. If we don't get significant rain soon, there will be more restrictions on outdoor water use.
I have three beds in particular which are looking pretty bare since I'm not gushing water on to them.
This is what I refer to as the 'red bed.' Doesn't look very red does it?
There were red tulips in the spring and it contains a day lily which barely survived last year's heat, a gaillardia which returned but is very small, a helianthemum which bloomed a bit but has stopped and prairie switchgrass, Panicum v. Cheyenne Sky which turns red in the fall and is actually looking good.
I added some red salvia and red petunias in the spring but they've basically dried up. This bed only gets watered by the soaker hose as I rotate through them every couple of weeks. I have plans to find more drought tolerant red plants to put in next year.
This bed looks ok mostly because it is full of dill.
I also planted zinnia seeds in here but they need a lot of water to look good and I'm only watering it with the soaker hose as I do with the previous bed so the zinnias look like this.
Not sure what direction I want this bed to go in for the long term. Happy with the dill currently although I know it will turn brown when it's done. Need to research plants for this bed. No more zinnias.
This next bed just off the patio looks fabulous in the spring when the dame's rockets, bachelor buttons and love-in-a-mist are blooming. Now that they're done, I have nothing.
Four o'clocks used to dominate this bed in mid to late summer but I had to water them a lot when we didn't get rain and that's not happening any more. So, that makes three beds to get new plants for. I have some ideas for this one already.
It's not all dismal in the flower beds.
The lavender is looking great!
I have sunflowers (native annual which needs no attention). These are not the kind that make edible sunflower seeds. They sure get tall and fill a space.
These bright orange cosmos are volunteers and seem to be fine with only occasional water.
In the veggie garden, we're harvesting carrots and lettuce still. Also, plenty of yellow squash mostly because I apparently mixed up some seeds and planted extra yellow squash and no zucchini. It happens. Tomatoes are starting to ripen. I've pulled a few onions to eat. The basil is good.
Looking forward to spaghetti squash.
Waiting for this bell pepper to turn completely orange.
Amazed at the size of this year's jalapenos.
A surprising plant for this year's garden is lemon grass.
A friend shared these starts.
I put one in a container to maybe overwinter in the house.
I haven't cooked with it, but enjoy chewing on a leaf while in the garden.
My reduced watering plan for the containers this year is working out. I've adjusted a couple of containers to more frequent waterings and a couple to less frequent waterings. I now know that I watered the containers more than I needed to for years.
So, the garden is supplying food and beauty along with some new challenges.
It's still the thing I love to do.
Be well and I hope it's cooler where you are currently!
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