You know you want to. And light knows I want you to. I've been waiting and waiting. Is today the day? My fingers are tightly crossed.
Plants: It basically rained cats and dogs for the entirety of July. As in, New Hampshire set a record for the most amount of rain, racking up more than 11 inches.
Many of my plants (mint, chocolate mint, catnip, catmint, basically the entire mint family) suffered mightily, turning first yellow, then brown and then mostly giving up the ghost. The cosmos have yet to blossom though I have three buds offering the promise of... something. As for the petunias, the white and red carnations and the forget me nots? Fugettabout it. Just greenery.
I did manage to get a couple of red peppers to grow but the real success story in those planters were the red and orange marigolds I included as companions. They're bringing the promise of autumn to my deck.
Some of the red geraniums rebounded and are currently sharing pot space with the white heliotrope (which the butterflies love). The angelonia are just starting to bloom as are the white spider flowers. And then there are my daisies. All I can say about them is WOW! You can see them above peeking around the sunflower.
Weather: Low 74/High 102 degrees, partly cloudy, 69% humidity, 5 mph wind. UV index 6 of 10. Day 1 of a 3-day heat wave. Moon phase: Waxing crescent.