Having a heat wave

High temps, humidity and no rain since, well, I can’t remember. It’s hot and dry here with watering restrictions starting to pop up in various areas.

The Asiatic Lilies are starting to bloom. Pretty aren’t they?

Gardening in this heat centers around keeping vegetables and containers watered and obvious weeds pulled because working for more than a couple of hours starts to feel like being part of a paving crew.

I normally don’t plug particular plants, but I want to mention one that I really enjoy because of the purple colored leaves that provide a small pop mixed amongst the green.

It’s the Penstemon Blackbeard. It has good manners, dark purple leaves with lovely tall small purple flowers. Check out the link if you want, and you’ll get a better photo and description. I bought three locally last year and have already successfully divided them.

Here’s a shot of the small flag wall hanging that I finished and hangs over our desk.

Right now I’m working on blocks that look like a child’s pinwheel for a porch wallhanging.

I also finished John Sandford’s, ‘Masked Prey,’ which was a good Lucas Davenport read. I can hope he’s working on a new Virgil Flowers adventure.

Now to the game camera which for $44 including batteries and SD card works quite well. It caught the culprit digging, but it sure was a shot I was hoping not to see.

A skunk is not a creature I really want to tackle. I’ve sent emails to a couple of local wildlife places and have been doing some research online to see if I can move him along. Dealing with a skunk is not as simple as that groundhog last year because of the spray. Phew. ๐Ÿฆจ

This week, I need to get creative with some rebar, pvc pipes, and netting for my blueberries because I have some set on and am not willing to share with my many four legged and feathered friends.

Hope you are all well and enjoying warm weather if not all the outings you had planned. Our library building opens up today with a variety of restrictions or you can continue to pick up holds curbside and a lot of other companies are opening up at 50% occupancy.

We’re not hurrying out to join crowds of people, but we sure are heading to recycling each week with a lot more cardboard than usual.

Take care, stay well, and I hope you are enjoying good weather so you can be outside. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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63 Responses to Having a heat wave

  1. The dry spell broke briefly here over two days last week.

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  2. A skunk, oh no! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Love the orange of your Asiatic Lilies. Also love your flag wall hanging! Itโ€™s HOT here. I canโ€™t take much more than an hour working outside. Keep us posted on the status of your skunk problem.

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  3. Oddment says:

    AMEN to all the above about grass! I do prefer the green grass to the brown, but not so much that I’d water the way my neighbors do. I’ve never been enamored of lawns, and after my years in California I see water as a gift to be used carefully.

    We got our change yesterday: a slow, steady rain with a drop in temperature, and it was especially wonderful after the dry hot spell. I do hope the same is coming for you! As to the skunk, all I can say is EEUUWW. It sure fits with the times, though. Keep us posted on how you handled this untouchable. The wall hanging and the flowers are the lift we need — thank you!

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    • Thank goodness it’s been many years since I lived in a subdivision where everyone watered their lawns. We have a couple of young men who bought the house across the street last year and have been impressively working in their yard. Last week they rototillled a good portion of their front yard and have been pouring the water to the grass seed. I guess we all learn as we go along, but I’m afraid they’re going to learn that very valuable lesson that grass seed is best sown in the spring and the fall. ๐Ÿ™‚ That skunk needs more research. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Oddment says:

        Watching young homeowners like that makes us realize how much we’ve learned over the years — at least that’s what I want to think! More research indeed on that skunk. Of all the things one doesn’t want to find out more about — !

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  4. Murphy's Law says:

    Same weather pattern here Judy. High heat, high humidity, and despite all the forecasts calling for rain, not a drop yet. The grass is crunchy to walk on! I keep my plants watered, so far no restrictions, but I’m afraid the lawn is on its own!

    The Asiatic Lilies are gorgeous, and the Penstemon Blackbeard is too. I had to take a second look at it b/c I thought I had the same plant. But closer inspection shows close, but no cigar.

    Love the flag!

    Sure hope a wildlife group can help you out with the skunk. Not something you want to be dealing with if you don’t know what you’re doing!
    ๐ŸพGinger ๐Ÿพ

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  5. It’s been pretty dry here too, but I think we’re all in for some pop-up thunder storms this week.

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  6. Dan Antion says:

    The cardboard companies must be doing well. I love the flag wall hanging. That’s a very cool treatment for the star field. Good job! I was hoping for chipmunk, possum, grounhog – yikes, you have your hands full. I hope you find someone willing to remove it. Good luck wrapping the blueberries. You might be willing to share but the critters aren’t.

    Stay cool

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  7. Almost Iowa says:

    I also finished John Sandfordโ€™s, โ€˜Masked Prey,โ€™ which was a good Lucas Davenport read. I can hope heโ€™s working on a new Virgil Flowers adventure.

    I just picked up the Virgil Flowers novel “Bloody Genius”. Only a few chapters in.

    I got to meet John Sanford (Camp) when he toured the BCA a few years ago. Quite the honor.

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    • I think of your connection every time I read one of his. ๐Ÿ™‚ I like his writing and his characters. Virgil is my favorite, but I did not enjoy the one you are reading. I feel guilty saying that, but I don’t think it was one of his best.


  8. Unfortunately, our transfer station is not recycling cardboard, which we have aplenty owing to how much we now order online. Breaks our hearts to throw so much cardboard away. Good luck with that skunk. We frequently have skunks come into our yard. As long as they don’t take up residence under our shed, we are not bothered by them. I guess our gardens are not attractive to them. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Speaking of gardens…one bed has a brand-new hosta with lovely deep green—almost blue—leaves.

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    • Interesting about the cardboard in your area. Our containers are overflowing. If that skunk wasn’t under the barn right next to my garden and under the chicken coop, I’d live and let live for sure. I can almost imagine that pretty hosta in your garden. ๐Ÿ™‚


      • We have used mothballs to discourage skunks from setting up housekeeping under our little shed. I know they are not considered very environmental, but they do the trick with the least amount of effort. As for the hosta…you won’t have to imagine much longer. I sent you a picture.

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  9. Don’t you love those wildlife cameras? From time to time we get skunks but haven’t done anything. They come and go. No sign of any this year. We live not far from a wildlife preserve so any catch and release is useless as others will move in to fill the void. Good luck with it. I will look up your plant. Always looking for something easy.

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  10. Joyce says:

    Two of my curiosities answered well today! #1 What does Judy’s flag wall hanging look like? And #2 who is digging in her garden? The flag is beautiful. So straightforward and meaningful. That star-sprinkled light blue makes a perfect background! And that little guy? Oh dear, not sure how to handle that. I’ve never seen a skunk in our woods. Hope you find a way to gently escort him off your property!
    You got a great deal on your trail camera – $44 ? wow – I paid $90 for mine (4 years ago, I think) and picture quality is the same! Karen just used it to discover who was emptying her bird feeder at night (raccoon) and I’m going to set it tonight to hopefully capture pics of the three adorable baby raccoons (size of kittens!) who showed up with mommy Friday night to polish off peanuts the squirrels left behind. It’s a real circus here!

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    • I didn’t have a pattern for the flag so I pulled out what I had and I’m happy with it. I did all straight stitching because I’m not skilled at free motion and my bobbin doesn’t like it either. I sure wish it had been a groundhog because with a good sized piece of cantaloupe, I could have had a decent chance at capture and release. With this guy, I must admit I do not want to deal with the process required to trap without getting sprayed. I’m still doing research to see if I can come up with something that I can handle like maybe mothballs. It sounds like you do have a circus there. The kids probably get a kick out of the photos. ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. Michelle says:

    Last week we had lots of rain and this week it’s supposed to be dry, hot and humid. I’m not looking forward to that kind of weather.
    I bet seeing that skunk was a nice surprise! We had one last year that liked to hang out in our front yard at night. Luckily he moved on and didn’t come back. I hope yours does the same! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Joanne Sisco says:

    It’s been very hot, humid, and dry here too. I’m practically ready to do a rain dance, but hopefully the weatherman is right and this muggy stuff breaks tomorrow.

    We had a resident skunk last summer who abruptly packed up and moved on after falling in the pool. I suspected Theo was somehow responsible for the incident, and the poor little thing nearly drowned before Gilles scooped him out of the water. And yes, the skunk did spray once he caught his breath, but thankfully he sprayed into the air and not onto something, so the smell dissipated within an hour.

    Now that the skunk has vacated, a possum has moved in. I’ve read that that’s a good thing.

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    • Maybe I need to put in a pool. ๐Ÿ™‚ I mean him no harm. I just hope I can get him to move on because it’s kind of creepy to be about a foot from that entrance and wonder if he’s going to come moseying out while I’m there and get sprayed maybe because he’s shocked. It’s a little nerve wracking to always keep watch. LOL

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  13. We’re having a heat wave of sorts, too. It’s not as bad now as it will be in August, but still we have to water each day or our hydrangeas will be droopy and sad looking!!! Can’t have that, of course.

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  14. The weather in Idaho has been strange, right the temperatures are climbing to the high 80s F. Your story caught my interest as my plant choice is Penstemon and didn’t recognize the plant. Judging it I suspect is has our high penstemon its background. I have over 100 pictures of penstemon taken in their native habitats. Skunks are excellent rodent eaters. We live for over a year with a pair of skunk relatives. Then clean out the mice problems we had. Did you know there is a recipe that removes the order at once? It uses household items. One of our dogs like to chase and she seldom got sprayed. We could put her in the car 5 minutes after her bath. Do an internet search for the recipe. Lilys are another favorite plant of mine. Last week I visit a greenhouse and add a number of plants. The story is on my WordPress blog. Idaho has plenty of water but living in the West, I know we waste a lot of water. Betty Louise

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    • I’m glad I found another penstemon and lily fan. ๐Ÿ™‚ I looked up the recipe, thank you. I’ll check out your new plants.

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      • we saw the red penstemon in the southwest. To bad they are hardy. The western US are where you will find the penstemons. Every state has a native penstemon. Hawaii. I am not sure if I did a blog on them. The Nevada Plant Society developed the recipe skunk recipe. It the inter acts with scent so it become neutral.

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  15. Eilene Lyon says:

    Totally hot and dry here. Have had two wildfires in the county already. Weโ€™ll be heading out on a camping trip later today. Some tomatoes already plumping up. I expect some of my annuals will not survive my absence. Oh well.

    I donโ€™t have any good suggestions for dealing with your intruder, Iโ€™m afraid. I never mess with skunks!

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  16. Nancy says:

    Hi Judy! Glad all is well. Except for the heat wave. We have it too. It just rained a 3 minute shower… but enough!

    I planted that flower last year and am very pleased with it. Thank you for telling me what it is. We picked up ours from a farmer who was selling their plants at the side of the road. It was all on the honor system so we had no one to ask. But we really like it for the same reasons.

    All is well here in our neck of the woods. Our county here in Pennsylvania has flattened so we have moved into the next phase.
    Inside dining (50% capacity) and spas/gyms are opening etc. Not really ready for inside dining. Itโ€™s summer… so we will eat outside as long as itโ€™s not busy.

    Love your flag! But I donโ€™t love the skunk! Oh no!
    My neighbor trapped one once… and something about sneaking up on him and throwing a blanket on the cage comes to mind. I think it worked as I donโ€™t remember him being sprayed! ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿฆจ

    Have a great week!

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    • Glad things are going well in your summer home. I imagine your lake is a real treat, and I’m glad I could help with the plant name. You have it right about the skunk. My problem is I’m just not sure I’m swift of feet enough to get up behind it and get it covered before it lets go. LOL

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  17. Eliza Waters says:

    Skunks are definitely persona non grata! Hope you can discourage them. My sister once found one in her trash can and bravely, s-l-o-w-l-y lowered the can and it simply walked out and away. Talk about cool under pressure! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I’m feeling like Gunga Din, with all the watering, mostly all the tender seedlings trying to grow. The brief showers we’ve had evaporate pretty quickly. I hope we all get some good rain soon.
    I like your flag hanging (wow, the 4th is only a couple weeks away!) and hope you post the pinwheel hanging – it sounds lovely!
    Have a good week ahead and may it include rain!

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    • We have a woods/wetlands right behind us, I’m sure he could find wonderful living quarters there. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, hoses and watering cans seem to be the chore of the day right now. Yes – may this week include rain for both of us.


  18. I’ll be interested to hear how you deal with your smelly friend. And I thought having shingle back lizards eating our seedlings was annoying. ๐Ÿ™‚ We are experiencing a winter blast this week, with frigid air from the Antarctic funnelling up the east coast. It’s sunny and the sky is blue but the wind makes the air just above freezing. Brrr. It’s a good day for staying inside and crocheting.

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    • Talk about two extremes – you’ve got a cold blast and we’ve got such heat and high humidity it’s like a swamp. It’s 6:30 a.m. here right now, and the humidity is 93%. I don’t think NH was intended to have temps like the south, but here we are. Whew, I’m for inside too. Happy crocheting. I’ll be back at the pinwheels. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. Love the lilies, bummer about the skunk, love the flag, sharing the heat, and no rain here either. ๐Ÿ™‚ Last time it “rained”, the pavement barely got partly wet and everything evaporated almost as I watched. Have you read any of Lisa Gardner’s series/books? I’ve been blowing through them via e-books. They’re addictive but sometimes too much yuck factor. But my, that woman comes up with the most twisted plots and you have to love her protagonists. You might enjoy “The Honey Bus”, nonfiction but quite good. Ann Ripley writes gardening mysteries, which you’d enjoy.

    That’s all for now. Hope you’re having a lovely start to the week and that you get rain soon. We greatly enjoyed our older daughter and husband’s visit. They were here for the end of the week and Saturday. Quite something to have company. ๐Ÿ™‚


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    • So glad you had a good family visit because it doesn’t get much better than that especially in your new home. I’ve read some of Lisa Gardener’s but need to check out the other two. Thank you – I’m always looking for new options. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. germac4 says:

    Glad you are enjoying your garden … what a shame you havenโ€™t had rain… that must surely be uncommon in your area? Also interesting to know you get skunks in the garden.. Iโ€™d be interested to know how you can move them on!

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  21. Ewww! I hope you can move that skunk along! We were watching Peppi Le Pew over the weekend with the boys. It’s still funny!
    We’ve got the same weather pattern which started over the weekend. I’m heading up to the mountains to hike today to beat the heat. I’m hoping for some wildflowers and butterflies. Fingers crossed but it might be too early for the high country yet.

    We have more cardboard too. I imagine a whole lot of us do lately. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  22. Ally Bean says:

    We’re in the same position as you. We’re not going inside any of the newly re-opened businesses while at the same time cornering the market on cardboard and plastic bags.

    I’m not familiar with Penstemon Blackbeard, but love it. Beautiful color. We have nowhere for it at the moment… but… things change… especially when I’m in charge of the garden!

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  23. I can no longer read this blog. I always trusted you to be impartial about all the plants, but now you’ve gone and sold out to the Penstemon Blackbeard’s money, haven’t you? All your future posts will obviously be tainted and one-sided.

    So weird… I actually dreamt about a skunk last night! – Marty

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    • Thank you for the hearty laugh. There are times when my entire garden is green. I like green, but this dark purple kind of speaks to me so I’ve divided and moved it around for a little color. If you want some more skunk encounters, stop by, I’ll put the coffee on. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. tonytomeo says:

    That heat wave is in the news, but it does not seem to be too terribly hot in some places. How warm does it need to be for a heat wave?

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  25. in says:

    yes, it is incredibly humid here in the Pacific also (more than normal)

    but this is way better than typhoon season!


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  26. Brenda says:

    It’s been hot and dry here, too, but the past few nights we’ve had fog roll in from the coast and it sheds enough moisture to help the plants. We really need a good soaking rain, though. Oh, those game cameras … they reveal a rich night life right under our noses. We see skunks regularly on ours trotting along our woods trail. We did have one venture into the yard a few years ago and spray the dogs. Not fun.

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    • I have the trap, a tarp, and I’ve watched the videos. I do not think I’m anywhere near quick enough to get that tarp on their before that guys lets it rip and I’m covered. As you can imagine, I’m still assessing. LOL The ground here is like the middle of a hot August. I hope we both get some rain.

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  27. Jason Kay says:

    That looks like a good Penstemon – first I’ve heard of it. As for skunks, we had some living under our porch for a while. Not fun!

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  28. Karen says:

    I love your orange Asiatic Lilies, I had beautiful pink ones in Maine. Sorry about the skunk. We tried to trap a ground hog in Maine and ended up catching a skunk. We felt the same way as you about not being quick enough to try the covering trick so we called a critter control company. They tranquilized him and moved him to another location. It was pricy but no more skunk by our bedroom window. BTW, they warned us to never leave a trap out over night or we would surely catch a skunk. Live and learn. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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