Hi everyone, I've been kind of ignoring my blog in favour of soaking up the HEAT. We've been enjoying incredible weather - it's actually quite humid - a rare occurrence for here, or at least it used to be... maybe there's something to this global warming after all.
Here's one way to keep a dog amused when it's hot! (Under close supervision of course)
Emma doesn't really ever get a piece of ice in her mouth anyways - the ones she manages to get out of the bowl are too slippery and already half their original size.
It sure cools my beard off though :)
We had an incredible storm the other night; it was thundering and lightening for hours - and hailed at least 3x's. I kept getting out of bed and standing at the back door willing the system to "move along now" and it did eventually, but not before it wreaked havoc in my garden :(
Even after the peonies stop blooming, I continue to prize their deep rich foliage throughout the summer. Rather spoiled now.
My tomato plants are looking quite sickly - I think they're in shock - I hope they perk up...
What's left of my lettuce patch - also leaves from my poplar trees that were scattered all over the yard.
Some of my hostas were hit.
There's more damage to my hops vines (just the top layer of leaves, thankfully), zucchini, numerous shrubs and bedding out plants all have the odd hole here and there in them... you get the picture.
See the holes in my rose bush? Hail is not to blame in this instance - this is the handiwork of wasps! I planted 4 rose bushes last year and they bloomed beautifully this season. All the while, the wasps have proceeded to decimate them - and very quickly, I might add - on numerous occasions I've watched them at their work - a hole is carved out in mere seconds! This pic was taken last week - they're much worse now.
It's not all doom and gloom though! Most stuff survived and three have come into bloom since our storm. I recently planted this particular hosta and it's flowered already.
My daisies are all a riot :) I hadn't expected them to survive, but they were all standing at attention the next morning, the little troopers! Thank goodness for trees - they provide a lot of shelter in a storm.
Have you ever looked closely at a delphinium flower? They are beautiful... so soft & furry :)
I'm glad they made it.
We gardeners are eternal optimists... thankfully, there's always next year.