Heat warnings are out all over the state here and it is steamy and hazy for certain. Monday evening we got four inches of rain in an hour and I thought the Hocking Hills Garden was going to wash into the valley below.I could almost picture the name change of the blog to the Hocking Valley Garden. LOL!
My son got the gutters and downspouts cleaned last week and just in time it would seem but even then they could not hold all of the rainwater which was overflowing and smashing flowers all around. The yard looked like a lake and water was running across the road out front. A lot did make it into the rain barrel and on into the overflow pipe to the cistern but I know so much was lost because it was coming to fast and running out of the top of the barrel.
With the heat index reaching 110 today I have decided to spend the day indoors the rest of the day. The humidity in the air this morning left me walking around the garden in a mist of fog.
The little Mimosa tree is blooming and the bees and butterflies are happy and active around it.
It is loaded with blooms this year. It is considered an invasive tree in many of the warmer states but here it has not proven to be so. There are one or two new sprouts every year but easily pulled up.
And to have these airy blooms in the garden are worth that much.
I noticed on my walk around this morning that the Crape Myrtle bush is starting to bloom. It limbs are sagging from the weight and the heavy rain we had.
The yellow Lantana is not drawing the pollinators like I thought it would. While the pink and red lantana are always full. Puzzling, but I love the cheery blooms so I will be adding it to the winter hold over’s in the basement in late fall.
Crimson Bouquet floribunda rose is showing off another flush of blooms.
I found one bloom on the Summer Gloxinia Cheron grown from seeds in the middle bed.
Wirral Pride chrysanthemum was laying down before the storm so it is flat now. I am wondering if this one is going to be worth it to keep around for its pretty blooms. This is its first year so maybe I will wait to see.
Some varmint is eating holes in the Raspberry Truffle echinacea. I saw little caterpillars' on the white Bright Star echinacea leaves that grows nearby so maybe they were on it too.
Diana Clare Pulmonaria has grown in her big silver leaves now at the corner of the Shade Garden. Too bad the Caladium is not doing as well.
Alypia ocomaculata – Eight Spotted Forester Moth
Thank You Cher for the Identification of the Moth!
This is a new little moth I spotted resting on the amaryllis that are soaking up the sunshine for the summer.
Everyone stay cool this week and take care out doors.