Whoa! When it is 90 degrees at 10 a.m. in the morning in Ohio then that is an official heat wave. Makes one daydream about Antarctica, icicles and ice cream just to cool off. No, I do not dream about winter because it is my least favorite season not matter what.
When the electricity was off it was so hot upstairs that one of my sons collector Nascar pop cans exploded all over the walls.
Thankfully most in this area have gotten their electricity back on from the storms a week ago Friday. Three deaths were reported yesterday of elderly people so check on those around you and see if they need anything. Sometimes they may not feel the heat but need plenty of water and cooled off.
The ‘Bill Warriner’ roses are trying to bloom again but those pesky little Japanese Beetles are eating them up. And it is so hot out I am at the point that i do not care to go out and stomp the little pests.
The garden is suffering now even with the daily watering and we are in dire need of some good ole rain. Parts of the state got showers Thursday evening but all we got was the thunder.
Every year I count on the many tall phlox plants throughout the garden to carry through to give the garden some color but this has been the worst year for them in my garden.
Adonis always has problems with powdery mildew and this year even with the spraying of fungicides it is about all died out. I have decided to pull this one out of the garden even though I will miss its pink blooms. So this bed will get some tweaking this Fall.
‘David’s White’ phlox paniculta is doing better than the others.
But spotting a big old Katydid this early does not look like a good sign.
Some of the coneflowers colors are fading out so they have been deadheaded to force more blooms.
The ‘Nikko’ blue hydrangea was suffering from the storm and heat with so many heavy blooms that I trimmed them all off the other day so it would have time to set blooms for next year. It was sad to cut off all those blooms but if I had waited until Fall to trim it there would be no blooms next year.
The Vining Snapdragons Asarina antirrhiniflora are starting to bloom now. They look lovely spilling out of the container.
But this was what excited me this morning while I was watering was finding a bloom from the new ‘Gallery Pink’ Lupines. I had gotten two of them on clearance from Rhoads Farm Market. Now if I can keep them alive.
It is going to be a challenge to keep all of the plants going now until we get some rain and relief from this heat.
The farmers are worried now because the corn in the fields is curling, turning yellow and drying up.
I know everyone is watching their pets also in the heat but remember to keep out water for the birds and other critters. The birds may even need some seed now to tide them along. I keep a little out all summer for them.