Hot and humid has been the norm this month. Usually July is the hottest month of the year here, but it seems like the heat is lasting longer this year. The plants love it though, with lots of flowers both ornamental and on the veggies. My purple petunias continue to provide colorful displays. I saw a hummingbird stop by them this week, but didn’t get a picture of it.
Petunias are one of the best flowers to attract hummingbirds, and much less expensive than the torenias that I’ve used before. In the hanging pots the pansies gave out, so I re-potted the pink petunias into them for some more color to finish off the summer. Next year, I’m going to put petunias in them from the start.
Impatiens continue to bloom prolifically in all three little table pots.
The front flowerbed is teaming with color, as the echinacea continues its summer show. These flowers have been going for at least two weeks now.
Purple phlox blooms next to Dusty Miller, which is still putting out yellow flowers. I need to clean out some dead flowers, but it has just been too hot.
Hydrangeas are prolific as well, with several colors blooming at once now. Most are now this mottled pink. I still haven’t had a pure tone.
And a few are this indiscriminate color of weirdness. I think I need to put yet more lime on the topsoil to push them farther towards the pink.
In the garden planter, the tomatoes are doing well, while the squashes all seem to be dying. I have kept Seven dust and diatomaceous earth on the plants and the ground to kill off bad bugs, so I am at a loss as to why the squashes are not doing well. I thought they had enough water, but maybe not. There’s no evidence of fungal disease. Certainly the box is overcrowded, and that may be a factor. I never expected all the plants I put in there to survive.
This little one is still on a vine that is turning brown, so I doubt it will get any larger. It is only the size of a lemon right now.
I harvested a second pie pumpkin, and more tomatoes. This acorn squash has been the same size for a month now, about the size of a large orange, so I brought it in. We’ll see if it is edible later. The undersized butternut squash I brought in earlier in the month rotted, so I had to throw it out.
Oliver came by a couple of times for a snack. His buddies Jack and Charlie were here, too.
Back on the veranda, one of the geraniums that I cut and put into the ground to root seems to be happy. It put out this lovely flower in an intense pink color.
On the bird feeder, the bright yellow goldfinches share the bounty with a chickadee. We are keeping a sharp eye out for the disease that is killing songbirds in the middle part of the country now. One of the symptoms is crusty eyes. We may need to take the feeder down if it shows up here. My Sweet Babboo keeps the feeder clean, using a bleach solution on it regularly. For now, we so enjoy watching the variety of birds that we want to leave the feeder up.
A little later, a female downy woodpecker stopped by for a visit.
How is your garden growing? Do you have some pretty birds stopping by?