Hooks: The hanging plants have taken a beating from the heat wave and drought. The red petunias managed to survive, but the galaxy and whites shriveled up despite extra waterings. Here's what they looked like before Ra turned his murderous gaze upon them:
Plants: The tomatoes in the deck planter are growing. I've twice had to add crushed eggshells to the dirt to stop blossom rot but there are probably a dozen good looking fruits growing.
The tomatoes in the blue planter have started to recover from the chipmunk attack. As long as I keep them covered by the cloche, they may give me some fruit this season. Alas, the carrots, the sunflowers and the daisies have all been destroyed.
The pepper plant has produced two green peppers so far. I'm going to allow them to remain on the vine until they turn red.
The potatoes took a beating under the brutal sun's rays yet I'm happy to say they're still kicking. I might just be able to produce a decent fall crop after all. No flowers yet so I'm planning to keep them underground for a few more weeks.
Purchased: I've placed an order for seeds to go in the ground. Probably a bad move since dirt and I have such an acrimonious relationship. Still, I'm aiming for bravery. To get a nice and continuous burst of color, I bought seeds/bulbs for: Autumn-flowering crocus, ‘Flower Record’ jumbo crocus, ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ jumbo crocus, old-fashioned bleeding heart, white bleeding heart, ‘Benjamin Franklin’ peony, ‘Duchesse de Nemours’ peony, ‘Peter Stuyvesant’ hyacinth, ‘Delft Blue’ hyacinth, ‘Abba’ early tulip, ‘Mount Tacoma’ double late tulip, ‘Cum Laude’ single late tulip, white finch laceflower and black knight sweet pea. Some of these seeds/tubers will be planted in the fall before the first frost and the rest next spring. At M's suggestion, they will go into the ground around the front bushes.
Weather: Currently 68F and cloudy. Low 66, High 84F. Ninety-three percent chance of thunderstorms today, then we're heading back up to the 90s this weekend and early next week. I'm already dreading it.