I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.
It seems that Florida is really getting the rain and flooding while we up here in Ohio are parched. If we could only get this weather to spread out and skip the extremes we could all have a lovely summer.
The Japanese Beetles have arrived with a vengeance and are eating every bloom they can find. I cannot knock them off fast enough and squash the little monsters. I will be glad when they are gone because the roses are getting ready to put on another flush of blooms and I do not want them to be meals for the beetles.
The plants are not doing as well now and are getting stressed out with just the watering from the hose and watering cans. I can understand it because these hot days in the nineties are making me welt too.
So in this dry weather what do I do? I buy some clearance plants and plant them and then have to try to keep them going. Santa Rosa Gardens was having such a great sale online on perennials that I took the chance. The plants they sent were very healthy specimens so I think they will be alright but may not grow as well as they might have if we could get some rain.
The rain barrel and backup cistern has been in use a lot already this spring and summer and stand the chance of running dry this year. What a difference from last year when I only used them to water a few times and neither went dry.
Enough about the weather!!! The lilies, hydrangeas and coneflowers are what are stealing the show in the garden now.
Some of my Asiatic lilies are just about finished now but the daylilies are taking their place.
This Dianthus ‘Fire Witch’ is looking a little stressed out but has great neon pink blooms. I got this plant free this spring with an order of plants from New Garden Plants.
I have "’Becky’ Shasta daisies stuck all around in the garden beds here. Mainly because they do not mind my hard clay soil, bloom for a long period, and spread fast. So I am always dividing them and adding them to bare spots in the garden where only weeds grow. Does that make them a weed? LOL!