Mother Nature is fooling with us. We have a thermometer on the north side of the house that's in the shade; it never gets even a smidge of sun on it. Today at 5:30 p.m. it read 87.5 degrees.
I don't know how hot it was out in the garden around noon when I was picking strawberries, but I do know I had to stop once and come inside to cool off because I thought I might have a heat stroke and pass out face down in the sawdust.
These past two days have been especially busy. We've been getting time in on our construction project (no interesting pictures to share though) and the only time I spent out in the garden today was when I harvested the 17 pounds, 9 ounces of berries. We've just finished dinner, hubby is pounding away with the hammer again and I have dishes to do and one large bowl of berries left to clean. I'll wait to process them tomorrow.
Whoops, I lied. I did make a fast trip out into the garden again right before dinner to take the following flower pictures.
As I wrote to a commenter on yesterday's blog post, I'm sadly lacking in knowledge and ability to grow flowers but that doesn't keep me from planting some intermixed with the veggies in the garden each year.
The vibrant red-orange of this geranium almost hurts the eyeballs!
I love the little pansies and always plant some under the maple tree by our front deck.
Impatiens seem to do better in our window boxes than any other flower. I am so pleased to see the deep color of the blossoms on the ones this year.
This is the first year I've grown asters. For use as a cut flower, you can hardly beat their longevity.
The California poppies . . . such color!
The delphiniums look like they're going to be gigantic this year.
Perky, chirky little dianthus. (Dianthuses? Dianthi??)
This cosmos bloom isn't particularly the prettiest one but I couldn't resist capturing the monarch butterfly enjoying it.
I don't too often plant petunias but I'm glad I did this year as this batch has been super-colorful.
After the heat today, I probably should go spend some time tonight with the hose in the garden. Gotta keep these blooms comin'!
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