A little heat

While I am reading about rain all over the place, on various blogs from various gardeners, I cannot say we are experiencing the same. We are, at this moment, having a bit of a heat wave! Expected in July, it is still merciless to be out and about in. I have successfully emptied the rain barrels, but I do expect to get enough of a thunderstorm, in the next day or two, to replenish them! I have resorted to watering a bit with the hose from the tap, not something I like to do, but we have had less than enough rain this year, so I will do what is needed. We are enjoying produce everyday, with new surprises showing up!! I am waiting for the potatoes to get just a wee bit bigger, but, I tell you, the first feed…..yum!

Happy, tall delphiniums
Happy, tall delphiniums

The heat is nice, though. Besides an excuse for a nice cold afternoon bevvy, it also has given some serious growth to my delphiniums. Even though these dark blue are ‘Pacific Giant’, I am still amazed at the height of them. It’s hard to capture that on a photo, but I tried to include the arbor to display the height. They are now 7 to 8 feet tall…..Hubby suggested I stand beside them, and show my full 5 feet of height….I declined!!

I get to enjoy the light blue ones each day I am in my office, as I strategically planted them to be seen at window height. Our home is on a hill, with a ‘walk-out’ basement, so the floor on the lower level is at ground height for IMG_3295the back garden. Thus, my 2 office windows face the main part of the yard, and I enjoy from both inside and out. As a garden designer, I always suggest planting away from the house, as well as beside, and to stand at the windows you look to the outside from to locate a good planting site. House side plantings are great for curb appeal but I want ‘Molly’ appeal, so I plant with me in mind! What do I want to see? Flowers! Gardens! Veggies…..you get the picture.

I have some amazing pink and purple delphiniums, but they are a bit slower to bloom, so will post their pics on another day!!!

IMG_3291I also have to show off this little ‘pot lily’. This year, I decided to order a collection of pot lilies for my containers, rather than just purchasing annuals. I order or exchange lilies regularly, as they are one of my favs. 2 are now open, and one I gave to my daughter. It is a pink, and lovely. I will pop these guys into the ground to overwinter, and then re-pot next spring. I am not chancing leaving the bulbs in pots. While they may survive, why risk it? The soil temperature in this part of the country dips to a cool -7 to -10 C, which is cold, but the soil in pots or above ground level will dip with the air temperature, as it is ‘exposed’ to the -20 to -35 C air that surrounds a little pot!! Rule of them; when in doubt about the hardiness of a perennial (for your zone) in a pot, drop it into the ground! Even if the whole pot goes into a hole in the ground, it will be much safer from harsh winter elements. And, no, not all cold is the same…..

Until next time…..happy gardening! Remember to stop and smell the flowers! IMG_3297

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