Feeling the Heat

"Large Red Cherry" Tomatoes

"Chester" Blackberries ripening

"Rocky Mountain Orange" Pelargonium

Beets, carrots, alyssum

"Red Head" coleus

Jalapeno pepper


Red bell peppers

The dog days of summer are here for the next few days. No rain in sight. No cool fronts coming. I'm turning the sprinkler on the back garden to try to keep everything green and juicy but it probably won't be enough by the end of the week. Things are either spilling over pots and beds with jubilant growth or passing out from the heat before I can get water on them. There seems to be no in-between. The trees around our little plot are in need of a good trim. Shrubs and perennials around the house that were in full sun when I planted them are suddenly in partial to full shade, or so it seems to me. Just when everything looks like it needs the most attention from me, I need to sit down with a cool drink and my knitting. I sound like I'm complaining but I'm actually reveling in what's left of the last two months of summer.


  1. Great photos! Your garden is bountiful, mine is terrible this year. The plants all have diseases from the cold and very wet spring. Very disappointed. Your plants look so healthy and productive, and look at those berries! Is that a little toad house? I love it.

  2. I think I avoided the early wet/cold spring diseases because everything went in late (May). I had to wait for my son to put the boxes together for me. Maybe that's the trick! I'm thinking of trying to make wine with my blackberry crop. We'll see how that goes.

  3. What is that little stick house?

    1. It's a little decorative bee skep. I've always wanted a large one but they're pricey. Like this:

  4. I love your photos! We have been fortunate not to have super hot weather here much this summer. Shhhh, we might still get it!

  5. Your tomatoes looks so pretty. Our for some reason got the blight and so far I only harvested one small tomato that was edible! Beautiful basil you got there, thank goodness our basil looks good and will turn into pesto soon. Thanks for sharing about how life is going Karen!! Wishing you a great weekend!


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