Wet. Wet. Wet! It’s not just the name of an 80’s pop group. It was the weather for May and most of June.
I got a lot of planters done by the end of May….
Only to be thrown a very nasty curve ball of cold and very windy weather for the beginning of June! How cold was it?
Cold enough for me to be dressed like winter on the 4 th of June! Not even kidding! We got frost.
I had to move all remaining plants into the garage for a few days until temperatures rose sufficiently and I could resume planting.
I lost a few begonias and sunshine impatiens as all the wet weather before the cold snap ruined the succulent stems of these types of annuals.
It’s gone from wet to consistently HOT…30+ degrees for the last 3 or 4 weeks now. No happy medium. Cold wet and windy or sweltering hot! 🥵 My poor hydrangeas are suffering. They have looked wilted for the most of July!…so tired!!
Trying to keep the containers watered is a challenge. I have water barrels but they are both empty now. We could do with a nice steady full day of gentle rain!!
We also had death and destruction in the garden…
The bloody Japanese beetle…am I allowed to swear?? In this case it’s necessary!
Aaaarrrrggghhhh!! Why didn’t I read that they LOVE Roses and Crabapple trees…amoung many other things…before I bought my new purchases!!!
How do we get rid of them??? Well it’s not easy. I have pulled up 2 Potentilla shrubs and a Virginia creeper as they were covered and there really isn’t a fool proof way to get rid of them.
You can spray your lawn with nematodes in the spring. I have too much lawn so that’s not happening. There are traps but not very effective. So I wear gloves constantly in the garden and have so far managed to keep the numbers down (after removing said shrubs) by squeezing the living day lights out of the ravaging marauders!! 🤨😖
AND THEN THIS…(WARNING! could cause distress to viewer)….
Sssooo sad. A little pilfering chipmunk got trapped in my tomato plant and died there…I found him just like that. No. He didn’t die hungry. He ate bites out of 3 tomatoes before he met his demise!!!
Sometimes gardening isn’t so relaxing. 👹 But I still love it!!