We have only seen flashing glimpses of the sun for the past 10 days now and it's getting to be a bit tiresome. The seeds in the veggie garden are rotting in the ground and the slugs are taking over despite my best efforts. There is no end in sight!
We haven't been able to see beyond Hog Island for days. On Friday, we did have a few brief moments of sunshine, but the fog quickly regrouped and came creeping back in.
Fortunately, many of the annuals actually like the cool mist the fog brings along.
Several years ago, my eldest son brought me a few amaryllis bulbs from his garden in Florida. Those few bulbs are now bursting out of their pots and I'll have to be gifting a few to some of my gardening friends. These babies are so easy. Every autumn, I put them down in my unheated mechanical room, don't even water them all winter long. Along about late April, I begin watering them again and in June, as soon as the danger of frost is over, I place them outside and feed them with Miracle Grow. When they're done blooming, the green, strappy leaves give the deck a nice, tropical feel.
The gazanias don't seem to mind the foggy weather.....
nor do the lobelia and nemesias.
Every year, I anticipate the blooming of the poppies and this year, I counted 19 buds....
unfortunately, the rain has beat them down and they are not in their glory which is sad as their bloom time is so very short.
The Cranesbill is in full bloom along the perennial border......
and the catmint is keeping up it's blooming. It's one of the hardest workers in my garden, blooming almost all summer long!
I have a confession to make. I'm somewhat of a kleptomaniac when it comes to sedums. Just about every public garden we've visited seems to have an overabundance of sedum varieties, and in my need to "help out" these gardens, I tend to prune a few of their sedums. As a result, I have quite a variety, but have no idea what their names are. However, I can tell you which garden I nicked them from! This beautiful bloomer came from my neighbor's garden, but I did have her permission to "pinch" a bit!
Lastly, I'm happy to report that the poor, abused Japanese Maple I transplanted this spring has been deliriously happy in her new spot next to the pond. The Gnome in charge of the water feature has been keeping an eye on her and reports she's growing by leaps and bounds!
And so, my friends, Giddy hopes to have your wishes and crossed fingers for a really, really, sunny and warm July!
Life is Good!
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