...and this isn't a political blog, quoting famous political speeches from 1960. But I will bogart a good phrase when I can!
Last week I felt like I had gotten stuck in the movie "Groundhog Day". Every morning I woke up, it was like the same friggin' day! Hot, humid, 90's... get ready for work, drive with A/C blasting, get out of the truck and have your breath get caught because you felt like you were breathing through molasses.
But yesterday - the world tilted just a little bit, and I realized the Autumn is on its way! Now, I'm not saying the weather has changed - yet, but it's imminent. The extended forecast for next week has IL slipping into the lower 80's (possibly high 70's by the end of the week). We packed up our 'oldest' for another year at college. And then there's the garden.... which is starting to make 'noises' of 'end of summer'.
My Stella D'Oro daylilies started re-blooming....
|"Stella" - waiting to bloom again!|
|Special thanks to my buddy Lizz for tripling the size of my Rudibeckia area!|
|Berri-Magic Holly - as berries are starting to ripen|
|Persian Shield, Licorice and "Blackie" Sweet Potato Vine|
Sitting in 2 pots if you can believe it?
|"Bonus"! -- Alexis Garden Mum - back for round 2|
One of the surviving plants from a full flat
|Sonic Sweet Purple New Guinea Impatiens|
Late Season preparation
I have no idea where these guys came from !?!
Looking stout at the end of the summer - here's hoping for spring!!
And the Sugar Maple is recovering quickly from the "Cotton Maple Scale" it suffered from this year. If you haven't heard of it, but have seen this suspicious looking 'foreign matter' on your Maple trees - beware, it can take down a healthy tree in a couple of years
So, it's 'all good' in this neighborhood. My mind is starting to come out from the summer fog and I am scheming on next year's changes and additions (currently from the comfort of the air conditioning!). I hope all is good in your garden!
|"Cottony Maple Scale" - infested the entire tree this year|
(The parasite feeds on the maple sap. Ewwwww!!):
|A healthier Sugar Maple - today, 8/21/10|