The feelin' is gettin' so intense
That the young Virginia creepers
Have been huggin' the bejeepers
Outta' all the mornin' glories on the fence!"
Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein ll
It will be a little while longer
makes itself known on the calendar page,
but she is certainly making herself known
in real time just now.
If all this heat keeps up
we are in for a most miserable time.
I do love summer, and it is supposed to be hot,
but it really could back off somewhat in my opinion.
We had such a dry winter and spring
and that will make for a lot of time watering.
Already, we have automatic sprinklers
coming on every morning
and are still having to water by hand
before the afternoon is over.
This is the time that I am thankful
for being in charge of a
is coming on strong,
It didn't do very well last summer
and we thought that maybe it was
starting to bloom itself out
(after all, 123 years or thereabouts, is a long time).
Here it is this summer as boisterous as ever.
There is no color yet
but come July/August
it will seem that clouds
have fallen from the sky.
We planted a mandevilla vine
which is the prettiest, brightest, deepest red.
Hopefully, it will make its way up
and twine around the arch way.
If it does, it will make quite a showing.
If it doesn't we will try something else.
awaiting our old standbys, zinnias,
are already pushing the coreopsis out
and a few little orange nasturtiums
peeking out over the edge.
Hopefully, this weekend the zinnias will go in.
this little lavender looked the worse for wear,
but now it appears that it is
healthy once again.
In the evenings, before we go to bed,
we divide our time evenly,
sitting on the porches with the
scent of the star jasmine in the air.
As it starts to cool off at the end of the day
we get the scent from every side of the Cottage,
such as the one, above,
over the gazebo in the Secret Garden...
...or as it twines around
the spindles of the
dining room porch...
...and as it sits in the shade
of the crepe myrtle tree.
It even looks and smells beautiful in the parlor,
but does not last long as a cut flower.
The valerian is winding down
all along the outside of our fence...
...as it is on the inside...
...but it still offers some shade
for a little to relax under
and soon it will get cut back
and bloom again before the summer is over.
the valerian makes its presence known
in another part of the garden,
just the way I like it.
We still have a lot to do to put the garden in tip top shape,
but it will get done by and by.
Sometimes there are worries though
and when that happens just go faux.
Katie from Let's Add Sprinkles
shared a beautiful hosta that she had received awhile ago
and I thought it looked so pretty on her porch
so I ordered one here
I wanted something green
on this end of the screened porch
and didn't want the added worry of keeping it watered
so this seemed the perfect solution.
I read, and Katie said, that there were six.
I thought it meant that there was one stalk
with six stems coming off of it.
No, there were actually six stalks.
What I have in the tin wash tub here is only 4 stalks.
I had a real hosta in a barrel under the gazebo that died
so I stuck the extra two stalks in there.
Don't know how it will fare with sun hitting it sometimes
but we shall see
and I do like what it looks like
filling in that back corner...
I hope you are enjoying
the way that June is bustin' out
in your gardens,
I have seen a lot of them
and they are beautiful.
The Chinese Lanterns
are setting buds now and really filling in
as we were warned.
But that is how we do things around here
and what a scene we will have
A worry-less garden
may not be for everyone,
as it is bustin' out of its seams,
but for us
it does just fine.
A Happy Week to everyone,
and I hope that June
is hugging the bejeepers out of you
with all its glory.
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