Photo used under Creative Commons from Magdalena Roeseler
Today was the first truly beautiful day of the month. The heat wave has finally ended, for which I'm eternally grateful (I've been fighting rebound migraines for more than a week).
After baking a batch of oatmeal chip scones, I plated a couple, poured a glass of iced tea and took a delightful repast outside on the back deck. It was warm, but not hot, and a cool breeze made the trees chatter. I eavesdropped a bit; the topic du jour was the coming autumn.
And look, one of my fiery sunflowers have blossomed!
Plants: So the rains of July drowned my mints. Then the heat wave burned the remaining leaves to a crisp. This brutal combination had a terrible effect on some of my favorite plants. But, Monty Don suggests that I don't give up hope, that most plants can be resurrected so I'm giving it a shot.
I cut down the catmint, spearmint and catnip and repotted them in new pots filled with fresh compost. (I would've done the chocolate mint but I ran out of soil.) After giving 'em a good watering -- and casting a growing spell -- I moved them all to a partly shady area of the deck and wished for the best. It may not work, of course, but at least I gave it a shot. Plus, the process smelled divine.
I also moved the raspberry plant into a larger pot. Now I need to figure out where it and my blueberry bush and my peonies are going to spend the winter. Oh, to have a potting shed or barn!
Pruning: Deadheading the daisies seem to be helping them grow well. The geraniums too.
Weather: Low 55/High 80 degrees, fair, 40% humidity, 10 mph wind. UV index 6 of 10. Moon phase: First quarter.
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