to my sheer delight the humidity yesterday and today has been much lower than the usual sweltering, melting, drippy bad-hair-days of summer. i honestly could not keep from exclaiming out loud (several times) how beeeeautiful it was yesterday morning in the pleasant breeze (yes, there really was a breeze) as i exercised with a friend at a nearby nature trail.
today, my goal was to get the lawn mowed. since I don’t like to crank up and make all that noise until at least 8:30 i started working by doing a little trimming. as i carted my wheelbarrow to the backyard, i realized i hadn't been enveloped with the usual smothering warm blanket of heat. not sure if you can imagine the excitement of a gardener when the weather fools you for the good. i trimmed two hedges of plumbago, buried my organic waste in the compost pile, transplanted some bromeliads, trimmed up some potato vine and cut some for rooting. i spotted my neighbor Helen and as we chatted about this and that, before you know it, she is giving me a few cuttings from her yard. i actually dug up a ginger plant and a small shoot off of her yesterday, today and tomorrow bush. so by the time i left her, i had several things to pot, root, and plant. i forgot to mention there started a very light drizzle shortly after i got started this morning. while i was trimming, pruning, and digging my hopes for getting the lawn mowed were getting slimmer as the thunder was also rumbling in the distance.
never in the history of my caladium fascination have i ever waited this late to plant bulbs. but as is my usual routine, i had saved out about 50 or so june bride and brandy wine to plant after all my other bulbs had bloomed in case there were some weak areas that needed a boost. one of my front beds was just the place. the red salvia i put in the ground in march needed to be cut back. once i did that, it was time to fill in with the last of the caladium bulbs. It didn’t take long but it was raining on me the entire time. Rain was okay with me because it was only sparse and it made for a cool morning of gardening. Because of the pleasant (in the 70’s and not 80’s or 90’s) weather I did things this morning I would typically avoid in the month of july. I never did mow because it was too wet. It is so nice to get a respite of any kind from this summer heat.
front bed before i trimmed salvia (and leggy impatiens)
last of june bride caladium bulbs
my mess after i trimmed and planted bulbs (for all of you
who like to 'see' i CAN be messy)
ginger plant from helen