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.