Yesterday was the first day of nothing we've had in a long time. Nothing had to be done other than just hangout and enjoy not having to get in the car and go somewhere. The littlest gardener and I went out and got the watering done early before it got too warm. We enjoyed blueberries and noticed that a couple of tomatoes are turning red, which is a good month earlier than usual. Later in the evening I went out and did some deadheading, cut back a few plants that were finished blooming and weeding. I love doing that type of work in the evening when it's really quiet and the temperature has cooled down, we didn't come in until almost 9 o'clock.
This is some of what is blooming in the backyard now:
Blue Pickerelweed has fully opened and more buds are on the way. I've noticed this plant, which is actually in the water, droops when it gets hot. I guess that's a sign of warm weather when pond plants droop.
Echinacea 'Magnus' which I moved here years ago. These were seedlings from some that grow near our driveway.
Ligularia dentata 'Othello' just starting to bloom. It will have several of these orange flowers when this bud finishes opening. This plant has been suffering in the dry heat we're having, very wilty and needs lots of extra water.
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) 'Pink Delight' is one I thought I'd lost this winter. It's blooming, but not as good as usual.
Clematis 'Ville de Lyon' is reblooming, although it's second flush of flowers aren't quite as large as the first.
My favorite discovery was this Oriental Lily that was from a mixed bag. I wish I knew the name of this one. The inside is butter yellow, and smells delicious. A few years ago I planted several groupings of Oriental Lilies, the clumps haven't multiplied much but at least they are returning. I think next year I'll be adding lots more.
Another warm day is predicted, and the girls and I are heading to the beach with friends.