But the heat doesn't seem to have set back the flowers in any way. Here are a few highlights from around my gardens this past week:
|The sweet peas and snapdragons on the east side of my house.|
The sweet peas smell wonderful, although the heat is making them go to seed
more quickly than usual (I need to keep picking them and watering them.)
|In the cutting garden, campanula (a biennial I planted last year), mixed bachelor buttons and larkspur beginning to bloom at the far end of the bed.|
|Self-seeded blue bachelor buttons near the house.|
|Mixed Sweet Williams. I love all the different varieties, with their beautiful markings and patterns and colors -- they're every bit as interesting as primroses.|
|'Blueberry Hill' roses in front of the Tractor Shed.|
|'Bluebird' delphiniums, campanula, 'Johnson's Blue' geraniums and one single|
allium caeruleum (I'm not sure what happened to the others I planted here...).
|Red lilies, achillea and salvia in front of our addition. I wish I knew what kind of lilies these are, but I didn't record the cultivar when I planted them four or five years ago.|
|The Yellow Garden, filled with lilies, achillea and golden creeping Jenny.|
The heat is continuing for the next ten days of the forecast, with nearly every day predicted to have temperatures in the 90s. I continue to hope for rain, as none of the storms that have dumped large amounts of rain on the Midwest seem to have included my gardens -- we are in a strange localized drought, having had barely an inch of rain for the past month. Apparently we are located in a "rain shadow" in which we can see rain in the distance that never seems to make it here. Here's hoping for a good soak before too much longer....
Happy Summer Solstice to everyone -- I hope you are not experiencing too much heat in your own gardens this month. Thanks for reading! -Beth