Heat Advisory

It’s been hot for a couple of days with actual temps in the 90’s and real feel over 100. After doing my outside chores and picking raspberries first thing, I may be sticking inside with the A/C, but the flowers, veggies, fruits, and pollinators are happy out there.

What’s blooming? Daylilies, Hydrangeas, Phlox, Echinacea, and Black Eyed Susans are putting on a show, and I’m loving it.

With the beauties along comes some uglies too – it’s part of gardening and nature.

Instead of ‘a’ skunk, it appears I have two which means I probably have a family. They also apparently put out the welcome mat for a nice big groundhog to spend the weekend. 😦

The tomato hornworms have found my tomato plants, and blossom end rot has appeared on some of my squash. I wonder if all the new Covid-19 gardeners realize nothing including gardening is every easy all the time. πŸ™‚

I worked a MG project last week with a friend, and it was a thrill to trim trees, pull weeds, and chat even maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask part of the time.

Looking for something to watch tonight? I’m going to check out a virtual tour of the gardens of three Wisconsin Master Gardeners. Here’s a link, if that is something that might interest you. I’m desperate even with Comcast, Netflix and Prime. πŸ™‚

How’s life treating you? Stay well and stay safe.

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65 Responses to Heat Advisory

  1. Dan Antion says:

    The flowers are beautiful, Judy. The skunk(s) not so much. I’m sorry about the damage to your garden. I’m not sure the “new” gardeners understand that any more than the new bakers don’t know what they’re going to do with the five pounds of yeast they bought in April. Getting out with people, even while protected and at a distance, feels good.

    I took the pup for a short walk at 6:30. I’m not sure what else will be on the agenda. If I do venture out, it will be a slow and steady pace.

    Take care. This looks like the last really lousy day.

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    • Thank you for the ‘yeast’ chuckle because you are so right. It is going to be another brutal day. I’m heading out to do what chores I need to get done and pick raspberries, then I’m back in for the day. Too darn hot anywhere but especially New England. Happy Monday, Dan, and I loved your DIY post. πŸ™‚

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  2. Oddment says:

    Beauty and beast, for sure. In the garden, always together. The skunks and groundhog are carrying things a bit too far, though, and I send a bucket of sympathy on that beastly problem. The heat is the other problem; it sure chases us indoors quickly. I confess I am insanely jealous of your white phlox and hydrangeas. As I recall, those flowers take both of us back to people and places long ago. They are lovely!

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  3. Murphy's Law says:

    Yep, you have a skunk family and now a groundhog. Yikes!! I hope you can get them evicted pronto.

    Flowers are beautiful and so welcome to see. So sorry that veggies are under attack, but I guess it’s part of the cycle of plant life. Still, it’s sad to see.

    I pretty much have chores wrapped up here for the day. So humid the air feels like you’re walking through a swamp. And it’s next to impossible to push vacuum on carpet b/c of humidity!

    We had no power yesterday from 4:30 to 7:30pm! Hottest 3 hours I ever lived through!!

    Stay cool. Stay safe.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    • Okay, no power moves to the top of the list of annoyances. Three hours and you probably felt like a turkey on Thanksgiving. Here’s hoping today it stays on so you can weather this serving of hot temps and high humidity. πŸ™‚

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  4. We are in the same heat wave. Real feels of close to 110 today. That’s very unusual for us and I’m not a fan although I really like summer. I’m going to water my tomatoes and a few other things and then hibernate for the rest of the day. I envy your raspberries. I had them for about 10 years until the deer found them. Gone! Our resident groundhog isn’t going anywhere. He loves easy access to the water via the pond. I thought he was going to take a swim yesterday he was so into it! Must be hot for them too.

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    • I guess it’s hot a lot of places. It’s 11 a.m., and the real feel is 95 right now so I’m in. πŸ™‚ We’ve been picking two pints a day for over two weeks. Our freezer is almost out of room. If we lived closer, I’d gladly share. πŸ™‚ We have deer in the winter but not in the summer very much (knock on wood). I may find a hosta out on the edge of the property eaten, but so far they haven’t bothered the raspberries. It would be all out war if they did. LOL

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  5. Love all the blooms Judy. The critters are a little creepy. But at least you now know what it is. I tried organic gardening a few years ago. It was all jolly until the pests started to eat my beautiful plants. Stay cool and hydrated.

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    • You certainly make a great point about organic gardening, and I enjoyed the laugh out loud. I’ve done the chores and picking, have the shades on the west side closed and soon will open them and close the north ones in an effort to help the A/C. It’s a beautiful sunny day with a good breeze, but it’s still hot. Stay well, and I hope the numbers in your area are stabilizing.

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  6. Great minds think alike. Haven’t written my Monday blog post yet, but it’s going to feature the…heat advisory. Son of a biscuit! So glad we have our AC unit, aka Eva. Your flowers are absolutely beautiful. And, yes, gardening can be a challenge. A big challenge.

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    • Yes, you are going to enjoy Eva today and applaud your purchasing decision. πŸ™‚ I remember my grandparents’ huge garden that fed them and a lot of relatives all year long. There are so many times, I wish I could have a conversation about how in the heck they did it. I think part of it was they weren’t dealing with what we are because there wasn’t wide spread spraying then. Stay cool.

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  7. Joyce says:

    While I certainly appreciate the trials faced by successful gardeners, I must say that skunk photo cracks me up. Those flashlight eyes! β€œWhat are YOU lookin’ at?” Lol
    Saturday was the most humid day I’ve ever experienced. We’re in the midst of a lengthy heat wave, too. The same thought crossed my mind as well. Plants are just loving this! My flower boxes look lush and the patio tomato plant I bought (gift to husband from his cat for Father’s Day since he’s her β€œdad,” not mine!) and rehomed to a daughter’s due to lack of full sun here is loaded with ready-to-ripen orbs. The edge of our woods is sparkling with bright red Bee Balm and butterflies frequent the area. I’d rather complain about high heat than brutally low temps!
    Your plants are gorgeous!

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    • That $44 game camera takes pretty good night time photos. That photo made me laugh too – one bug eyed one looking at us and one flipping his tail. I talked with a local pest company – $265 to set trap and remove. Uh, a little steep I thought, but I get it. So…I’m waiting to see if they move out in August without any traps because supposedly that’s when the ‘family’ is ready to get out and about. If they ever move, that hole is going to be so full of moth balls, you’ll probably smell it at your house. πŸ™‚ This heat is what we had in the Midwest, but now it’s here every summer. I guess with everything else we’re dealing with in 2020 we’d better not get into a climate change discussion. πŸ™‚

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  8. So beautiful! Thank you for sharing all these delightful blooms with us!

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  9. pastpeter says:

    Love your blooms but not your critters! This is too hot and humid for NY/NE people – there’s a reason we did not retire to FL! Stay cool and safe, and enjoy this brief COVID respite (it will be back!) We saw our sons two recent weekends, first time since Mar 1! They seem fine, and blasΓ© about COVID!

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    • You are so right about why we don’t retire to FL, but here we are dealing with the hot, hot, hot of summer. πŸ™‚ Yes, I’m definitely not liking those critters either. πŸ™‚ Glad you got to see your sons, and it is interesting how each person seems to have a somewhat different approach to the virus. A vaccine can’t get here soon enough. πŸ™‚

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  10. Norm 2.0 says:

    The heat has been brutal here too. Thank goodness for A/C. Get outdoor chores done in the morning and then stay in out of the worst of it.
    I love your flowers! Sorry to hear about the skunk and groundhog problem. I’ve got a squirrel problem thanks to a neighbor who has been leaving peanuts out on her porch for them. They’re tearing up the neighbourhood lawns and gardens to bury their over-abundance of food for leaner times.
    I too have been wondering how many “Covid gardeners” are going to stick with it once they realize how much regular work is needed to maintain a garden, and then it’s STILL no guarantee of success.
    Stay safe, stay cool, and enjoy those raspberries πŸ™‚

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    • Hello my neighbor to the north! Yes, I am ever so thankful for A/C too. I’m not a squirrel fan. To me they’re rodents, and I’m not into rodents. Your neighbor is certainly not alone is her admiration, but it certainly is annoying when she draws them into the neighborhood. Getting rid of critters is not for the faint of heart. πŸ™‚ Stay well, Norm.

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  11. Good morning, the sun is shining, and there is a cool breeze. It while near 100 F. this afternoon which is normal temperatures. The blooming ag pictures show that you do in plants, they are lovely. I would let the skunks along as they work usually at night and keep the rodents down. They might even take care of the groundhog.
    Here the miniature roses are blooming again but they now have aphids that are better than spider mites. Angelwing Begonia. It is still blooming but it didn’t my window self and I moved it. Tomatoes are setting on the plans and I an unknown that the Lenon Twist is making a show. A photo is on WordPress blog Disappoint that there only one pepper on it plant.

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  12. Eliza Waters says:

    Your plants sure are looking happy. So long as they are watered, the heat doesn’t seem to do more than make them grow like crazy. I love the bi-color light and dark pink daylily and superb hydrangeas.
    Myself, I’m not spending much time outside, except for early and late tidying. Tomorrow hopefully, will be a bit better. Best to pace ourselves. Stay cool!

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  13. Nancy says:

    Your flowers are triumphant and are candy to my eyes!
    We’ve had sauna heat as well… so mornings and evenings are gardening times. Critters seem to love you and I. We have a groundhog roaming about and does like going under our sunroom. And then there’s the squirrel that’s trying hard to make its way into the garage! Grrrr!
    I will say the skunk picture is kind of funny… he knows he has been caught on camera! Lol!
    Have a blessed week and I may pop over to that link you shared.

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  14. Joanne Sisco says:

    It’s hot here too. I try to water early in the mornings and then retreat indoors until the evening. I’m really starting to miss people!! I never thought I’d say that 😏

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  15. I miss the Hydrangea that was at my old house and have been eyeing up a spot for one here. Your flowers look beautiful. Do you clip some for interior bouquets?

    I hope the skunks move on and the bugs too.

    Stay cool!

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    • I don’t clip a lot because it always seems like I bring a few hitchhiking bugs into the house and then do battle trying to catch them. πŸ™‚ Yes, I’m hoping I’m going to out wait the visitors, but we’ll see who wins this cold war. πŸ™‚

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  16. germac4 says:

    Lovely flowers and the Hydrangea with the beautiful butterfly is my absolute favourite. We very rarely have white hydrangeas here.
    Skunks and a groundhog… looks like you’ve won the lottery! What do you do to get rid of them?
    Happy gardening when the heat settles down.

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    • The skunks and the ground hog provide a real challenge. The groundhog I could trap and relocate, the skunks I really don’t want to mess with up close and personal. I’m watching the camera to see if everyone is still hanging around because from what I read the skunks ‘may’ move on of their own accord any time now. This is a few more critters than I normally like to deal with. πŸ™‚

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  17. Dawn says:

    So many beautiful colors in your garden this week, Judy! I’m very sorry to see your uninvited guests. We haven’t seen any hungry groundhogs in our garden this year. Perhaps they are all vacationing in New Hampshire this summer!
    Thank you so much for sharing the link for the Virtual Garden Tour! I enjoyed walking through all three Wisconsin gardens tonight. I found inspiration in all three gardens. This month, I’m hard at work early each morning digging out one of the perennial beds near our front porch. Each year I would enlarge this bed by a few inches to tuck in a few more small perennials. It’s time to ‘right-size’ this bed. I often think of you as I dig in search of all the roots and repeat our mantra, β€œThey are not our children or pets.” By next summer, there should be less to weed and more time to relax and read on the front porch!😊 Stay cool! Stay healthy, Judy!πŸ’—

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    • I loved seeing the different planting ideas and the garden art in those gardens. It was a fun hour, well as fun as it gets lately. πŸ™‚ Yes, I apparently have a welcome mat out for annoying pests so I’m glad I could free up your gardens. I haven’t enlarged a bed by even an inch, and I continue to try and remove any perennials that require major maintenance. I’m off to help weed at our county nursing home this morning. You’d think I’d get enough weeding. πŸ™‚ Hope you, hubby and your parents are all well and surviving this strange summer.

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  18. A whole skunk family! How will you move them on without putting yourself in the firing line? The flowers look gorgeous so it’s good something is enjoying the warm days.

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  19. I love your colorful blooms! Wow! A skunk family and a groundhog! I hope they don’t cause any major problems for you.

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  20. Ally Bean says:

    It’s hotter than Hades here, too. I’m fighting lethargy all. the. time. If it weren’t for iced tea’s coldness + caffeine I’d be sleeping 20 hours a day. Your flowers are beautiful. I like your sly reference to how gardening is never easy: a misconception among the newbies I suspect too.

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  21. Rose says:

    Your daylilies are gorgeous!

    I am trying tomatoes again…5 in the ground. The last time I planted any was in 2014…I planted 20 plants and did not get one tasty tomato. They were the most awful things you ever did see. One of my plants now does not seem right, but the other 4 seem normal. I have had one rotten one, none ripe yet. What is strange is the rotten one was up near the top of the plant…about 4 ft up…one of the newer tomatoes.

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    • Oh, I do hope you at least get a couple of nice big tomato sandwiches. πŸ™‚ I have five plants too, and one is struggling with blight but the other four aren’t – at least right now. I even moved them this year hoping to get away from previous blight. Trying to grow tomatoes always makes me chuckle because it would certainly be cheaper to just buy them from a local farmer. πŸ™‚

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  22. Rose says:

    I was also going to say our neighbor has a groundhog that has lived under a small building he has for at least 5 years. And we see them everywhere we go. We have seen two more in town…

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    • I couldn’t hit ‘like’ on your comment. πŸ™‚ I am really tired of these good sized critters. I’m still using my game camera to see if they’re all still here. The latest batch of photos show the skunks but not the groundhog. I really don’t want to put the trap out and find I’ve got a skunk in there. At my age, I’m not equipped to run away that fast. πŸ™‚

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  23. Your wondering about the new COVID gardeners is a good one. I suspect by now many of them have returned to their computers, tablets, etc., or maybe moved on to baking (as if we haven’t seen enough of that already!). You make it look easier than it is, though those flowers at the top sure are handling the oppressive heat! – Marty

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    • I think you’re right about a lot returning to their familiar online life. Baking has its plus and minus columns. It sure keeps you busy, tastes good, but doesn’t look so good on the hips. πŸ™‚ This heat has been something else. We get a break for a day or so and then right back into the soup. The plants don’t seem to mind even if those tending them are glistening as they do it.

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  24. pbmgarden says:

    Flowers look beautiful. The Daylilies are really something. So sorry about your pests.

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  25. Such gorgeous flowers, Judy. Your unwelcome visitors have really wreaked some havoc in your garden. I hope you can somehow manage to get rid of them. 😯

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  26. We’ve had some hot weather, but very little extreme heat. The evenings are usually pleasant. That’s when Judy and I do most of our walks. Your flowers are looking good!

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  27. Good Morning Judy it will be a scorcher here close to the beach. Our gardens look the same though my squash has been amazing. I actually just had a sweet potato, yellow summer squash and zucchini for breakfast now time to go check my garden for pests and to give all the critters fresh cool water the first of 3 offerings today on a 95F+ day. Stay cool I think I will paint all day maybe some abstracts from my garden πŸ™‚ I will go back outside as the sun sets.

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  28. Karen says:

    Your flowers seem to be thriving in the heat but sorry about the other problems. Your post reminds me of one I did about our garden in Maine one year. I had wonderful flowers and tomatoes but was having problems with blight and Japanese beetles. Gardening certainly isn’t easy but the rewards out pace the bad.

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    • The Japanese beetles have been kept in check because I put Grubex down although I don’t really like to do that, but that blight seems to find me at some point no matter how I move things around. This year, I have something really bad eating my blackberries. I’m going to ask UNH if they can help figure out what the heck it is. It looks like tomato hornworms took over but left what slightly resembles sawdust in its path. It’s always something, but I can’t imagine right now not having some type of garden. Stay well.

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