I cannot believe that this is the last full week of July.Where did this month go? That saying as the “older you go the faster that time goes by” sure makes since this month.
Meanwhile in the garden the plants are much happier with the rain we received last week and the few sprinkles yesterday. And the grass, well the grass has taken off again so it means mowing again now.
It is 80 degrees F. at 8 oclock this morning so it looks like the heat is setting in again and may bring some thunderstorms for us here in the hills.
The chrysanthemums are starting to bloom. With everything being three weeks ahead of schedule this year I did not even bother pinching them back but let them go. So if I want Mums for Fall decorating they will have to be purchased in pots.
The first blooms on the tall phlox are waning now and I have started pinching them off to encourage more blooms. Around the Phlox bed is where the action is now because the Butterflies love them and their sweet fragrance draws them in.
That pesky raccoon showed up with two babies at the back step.
I had to chase her out of my tomatoes one day. Fearing she would get them before I did I picked all of the ones that were turning ripe. After all I had had my mouth all set for those first tomatoes. LOL!
None of the tall phlox are doing as well this year from the weather extremes but this “Orange Perfection” phlox in its second year is looking pretty. It is a compact phlox so it is not leaning over like the other tall ones in the garden.
Some of the first blooming Japanese Anemones are starting to get buds now and will soon be blooming. I fear that the pickings are going to be very lean in the flower garden come September.
Everyone have a wonderful week,