Flower Power

I can talk flowers this Monday, but not veggies. My veggies in raised beds are done for the year because they couldn’t make it through the every other day rainfall. I’m sure the local farmers markets will look forward to my business. I guess there is a first time for everything, and this is the first time I’ve had no fresh veggies in mid August.

My flowers have endured the heat, humidity and every other day rain. Matter of fact, some of them have flourished. It’s pretty out there.

So, what am I doing with no veggies to tend? Well, I’m getting a little work done in preparation for fall. I’ve moved a few small plants when I know it is going to rain, which is quite often.Β I’m also making a list of larger plants that need moving, but I need to wait for cooler weather. I think in the official definition of gardener there is an asterisk and the words ‘moves plants.’ πŸ™‚

I’ve painted numerous outdoor items. I may be helping the economy with the purchase of spray paint so I could update eight trellises and an obelisk. I’ve also painted a sign, the chicken coop, and next on my list is a very small storage shed. I like to paint so these chores aren’t a problem.

The truck has come in handy hauling branches and yard waste Β to recycling. I’m fighting two invasive vines – Virginia Creeper and Oriental Bittersweet. They’re definitely winning the war, but I’m still putting up a fight so they don’t snuff out all the trees on the property border.

It’s 62Β° F this morning with a side of 90% humidity. The humidity is getting old, but I’m headed out anyway because the summer is coming to a close, and I don’t want to miss a minute of it. 😎

Happy Monday friends, and enjoy the week, because somehow Β it is only two weeks until Labor Day.

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43 Responses to Flower Power

  1. Whew! That’s a lot of work! It’s too hot and humid here to do all that outside work. I read somewhere that if you haven’t moved a plant three times it’s not in the right place. Love your black eyed susans!

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  2. Colorful flowers and sorry about the rainfalls and veggies . I know exactly how you feel

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    Your flowers are so pretty. Sorry about the veggies. It looks like that truck was a great purchase.

    We have veggies, but the recent week of rain has cause a lot of tomato damage. Some plants might have to get yanked. This has been a really difficult year. We also battle those two invasive vines. Virginia Creeper is giving us fits in the front.

    The end of the week looks like it will be nice – I hope you get to enjoy those days.

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  4. BUMMER on the raised beds! Not enough drainage? The flowers look fantastic. Keeping up outside takes it toll in this humidity. Every morning I walk into the kitchen to check the temperature, and say ugh….My little kitchen a/c can’t get us below 74 in there, and one check outside to find the 80-90% humidity makes me run back to the kitchen! I do love summer, but this one has been oppressive. I was counting invasive “stuff” in our yard – wisteria, privet, trumpet vine, and bamboo…and others I can’t identify. Wishing for a landscaping service!!!

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  5. Murphy's Law says:

    Mother Nature sure isn’t “user friendly” lately. I used to grow vegetables in huge flower pots, and they did well. But still a lot of maintenance. I just buy local now. Easier on my back.

    You’re right about your flowers. They are really beautiful. Especially like the Black Eyed Susan’s.

    When I was growing up, Bittersweet was in our yard. In fact, it was in everyone’s yards. Some things never change.

    Much cooler temps here today, but summer ain’t through with us yet. I’ve had it with humidity and non-stop rain. Looking forward to fall!!
    πŸ”Ή Ginger πŸ”Ή

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  6. That’s terrible about your veggies. But at least you have the consolation of beauty, even though you can’t eat it. In Maine, we have had some beautiful days to punctuate the humid days. I guess that’s the benefit of living a little farther north. Fingers crossed for a good September. In the past few years, as I’ve noted, September is the new August.

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  7. Joyce says:

    Interesting to see what’s going on in different parts of the country. We’ve had lots of humidity (Michigan) but its been dry. My flower boxes initially struggled and I thought of your containers doing the same. Then hubby stepped in and fed and watered them and now (at the end of season!) they look great. One daughter’s in-laws have a huge garden on 17 acres and begged us to pick corn and cherry tomatoes so they don’t rot. We’re going over today, so I won’t be eating any more “plastic” tomatoes from the store for awhile at least.
    I’m glad you have jobs to get caught up on early for the upcoming season and are enjoying the best of what you can. Your flowers are gorgeous!

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    • Now that’s a GARDEN. Enjoy that corn and those tomatoes. I picked all my green tomatoes before I pulled the plants so for this week at least I’m still eating good tasting tomatoes. πŸ™‚ My containers are similar. They started out good, took a dive, I fed them a couple of times, and now they look pretty good. πŸ™‚


  8. Almost Iowa says:

    This year, it is wild cucumber. “Wild” refers not to its lack of cultivation but more to its insatiable desire for complete domination over all other species, rather . The entire Minnesota Mosquito Refuge wears a thick light green blanket of the stuff and every morning, I am required to patrol our pine trees and free them from the climbers.

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    • These two vines I have climb the trees and tie their braided ropes around the tree. I can cut them near the ground, pull like crazy, and maybe get a couple of strands down. I just can’t dig them all up, so I’m going to buy some of that stuff none of us gardeners like to use and paint it on with a brush thereby hoping to limit its killing power. If only I was younger, they’d be in for the fight of their life. At this point, I’m trying to make a dent. Good luck with your patrol. πŸ™‚

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  9. The pictures of your flowers are beautiful… I would love it if you shared a few of your yard, maybe showing the trellises and obelisk you painted. I’m an incurable looky-loo πŸ™‚

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  10. Nancy says:

    I am enjoying your energy! I am about to paint my front porch! I’ll call you for tips!

    Your flowers are beautiful!
    They bring you happiness on those sunny days and rainy days!

    Happy Monday!

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  11. Eliza Waters says:

    Yes, this humidity is getting old! I suppose at least we are not in drought conditions. Can’t believe summer is almost over. Where did it go so fast?
    Wish you lived closer, I’d pay you to paint – a chore I loathe!

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  12. We could do with some every other day rain at the moment. We’ve just had the driest July since 2002, which was the beginning of the ten year drought and now we’re in drought again. There’s no decent rain forecast before next February. If you could parcel some up and send it over, we’d be very grateful. I’ve always wanted a garden obelisk. What are you going to grow on it?

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  13. I’m sorry to read about the veggies, Judy! At least you have some lovely flowers. Sounds as though you’re making the best use of your time, though, but it’s so sad that it’s almost Labor Day, even though one of our daughters will be home for a long weekend. The summer’s just gone by much to quickly!!


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  14. germac4 says:

    So sorry you haven’t had your usual veggies … At least you have markets & don’t need to buy them from supermarkets. We have spent years trying to kill off Virginia Creeper …. And I planted it …. Seemed like a good idea at the time!

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  15. I love your flowers! Oh how I wish I could come play with my macro lens and lensbaby!

    I hope the humidity fades so you have some lovely summer days as it comes to a close. I can’t believe it’s nearly over either!

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  16. Our roses are doing well and the hosta is blooming, but everything else is dead. The rain really has been relentless. What survives is only THE sturdiest, hardiest almost wildflowers we have. I remind myself that at least the well is going to run dry!

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  17. Sorry to hear there are no veggies!

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  18. Oddment says:

    When you’re used to the bounty of August right in your own back yard, and then it’s all rained out, that’s one nasty summer for a gardener. We’re pretty squishy here in Indiana too, but not nearly as bad as there. Your flowers are beautiful, and I think I caught a whiff of that gorgeous white phlox from here. Nothing like it! Now I must get a cold cloth for my head because I’m exhausted from reading everything you’ve been doing.

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  19. KerryCan says:

    Seems so strange to me that we don’t live that far apart but our weather has been almost rain-free! We have to remember to turn sprinklers on all the time! I’m glad your flowers are enjoying the summer, even if the veg couldn’t take it. We’re eating corn on the cob almost every day right now (purchased from neighbors–not our own!)

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  20. tonytomeo says:

    Every other day? I like rain, but that seems a bit (or very) excessive. Ick! We have not had rain since early spring. It is normal for us. It gets dry and dusty, but I think it is better than muddy.

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  21. Ogee says:

    If next summer is like this one, you’ll need a greenhouse for veggies and tropicals for the yard!

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  22. Enjoy the farmers’ market vegetables, and take pleasure in the flowers.

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  23. joey says:

    The shades and shadows on the last shot — sheer perfection!
    I don’t have veggies this year, either. It’s okay, I have found excellent tomatoes πŸ˜€
    It’s been a weird year.

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  24. Annie says:

    I am itching to get into the garden to thin and transplant several things that have exploded with all the rain. But to do that I must wait for drier weather. If I did it now I would need my knee high muck boots. 😊

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  25. Annie says:

    What would we do without farmers market? I went to a farmers market in Vermont last week and it was totally different than ours. We sell mostly farm crops and fruit. They sold mostly meals… Thai food, Chinese food, Indian food. There were many picnic tables and dozens and dozens of people eating. It was a Vermont social event. Fun!

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  26. prior.. says:

    enjoyed your photo collage of the flowers and I never grow enough veggies to not need to buy them p- but this summer even my few containers are done for. Partly the heat – but I had tomato hornworms take over even my peppers – weird – but I also was not out there enough to get them all and it happened so fast.
    anyhow, now it is only a few days til labor day – whoa
    and wishing you a good one

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