This has been one of the wettest summers for the Mid-Atlantic. I do not recall having seen so much rain, which is great for the lawns and certain plants, but half of our crops are not responding well to the added moisture in the soil. After each heavy rain we must check and secure the stakes for tomatoes and dahlias. The blooms on the crepe myrtle trees are also behind schedule; and those plants that should be flowering, sprouting or bursting with growth at this time of year are truly struggling. While these are the trials and tribulations of gardening, there are a few added bonuses that contribute to my getting out and staying the course.
Listed are a few of my summertime favorites that make the season so enjoyable!!
A Few Days w/ No Humidity
There were a few days this week that we literally had no humidity and were able to open all the doors and windows to the house letting in the wondrous fresh air. The skies were completely clear of clouds, while the sun shined throughout the neighborhood.
Walking in the Evening
While walking during the evening the air was so crisp and cool, and to be out under the sky filled with stars was completely captivating. Since there was no humidity, I was able to see the following constellations clearly; the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia in the northern sky along with Sagittarius the Tea Pot and Scorpios in the southern.
First Plants from the Garden
Spotting the first dahlias on the stalks along with a few pumpkins (squash) on the vines are a pleasant sight in the garden rows, and though the lovable deer are dining well and have eaten a good portion of plants, they have saved a bit for the family.
Gardens of Williamsburg
Last weekend was spent in Williamsburg, Virginia for a final summer getaway. I was completely enthralled with the quaint gardens of this Colonial City, which were part of the private homes off cobblestone streets. There were geometric arrangements of beds framed by flowers or herbs with pathways made of brick. It looks as if the Colonists copied details of gardens they had left behind in Europe, but on a much smaller scale. According to 18th century records, gardens reflected status.
Enjoy the summer!!!