I tried to pick one adjective to describe this Monday but couldn’t do it because it’s just plain over the top hot today for New Hampshire. It’s going to hit an actual 96°F with a real feel of 106°F.
I’m headed outside early to pick a few raspberries and beans, check the tomatoes, dig some Yukon gold potatoes for dinner, and do some necessary watering. The raspberries are finally closing out the season, and that’s a good thing because I can barely open the freezer without a bag of them falling out. I guess I need to bake more, but it’s too hot. 🙂
The heat may be excessive to us humans, but the flowers are doing just fine. Daylilies, hydrangea, and echinacea are still blooming, dahlias have started, and Queen Anne’s Lace is brightening up the roadsides.
To add to the gardening challenges of summer 2020, there is a black fungus plaguing lawns in this area. A MG friend in a neighboring town told me about how his lawn has been devoured by this so I did a little research because honestly I’d never heard of it before. It seems it’s highly prevalent in Maine as well. Here’s a link if lawn maintenance is of interest to you.
I’ll be back on Thursday because, wait for it – I went on a local gardening adventure with a NH/SC friend! It was over the top fun! We drove separate cars, wore our masks, and stayed away from other groups, but we had a great morning, and I actually caught two doors along with the gardens and the sculptures.
I worked a MG project last week and driving there about a mile from home I almost veered off the road staring at a raised garden. Wow – impressive. If we weren’t in the middle of the pandemic, I’d stop, knock on the door, and ask for permission to take some close up shots because this is pretty unique.
Stay well, stay safe, tell us what you’re up to, and by all means try to stay cool. 😎