The tomato plants are still large and overbearing, even after I chopped away at about half the plants that were toppling over the cages and into the neighboring bed. Peppers and eggplant continue to produce. The squash vine borers have gotten my second planting of squash, so I'm planning to cut my losses and turnover the squash bed to something that I might actually be able to harvest later this fall. The okra and basil are going strong, but the cukes and melons are withering.
The butterfly bed is a hot mess right now. Only a couple zinnias and cosmos are holding on. Not even the lantana wants to bloom in this heat.
View of the empty (new) backyard beds. Still need to get the gravel path down, clean out some of the beds that grew weeds and put in dirt, compost and mulch. Goal is to have that all done by the fall so I can get some fall and winter planting in.
The fig tree in the corner is huge, considering it was completely cut to the ground when we moved in three years ago. I can never get any figs from it though, since the birds and squirrels always get there first. The cannas are lush, and the tree that fell down in the windstorm is growing a bunch of sprouts from its roots. Looks like we'll be needing to rent a stump grinder soon.
The one redeeming bed in the backyard is the bulb bed. It is looking so fresh and so clean after the major weeding that went down the last couple of weekends. Let's hope I can keep it this way for awhile.
At least the plumbago is still going strong in the heat.
The wisteria doesn't mind the heat either.
Nothing blooming over here...
But look! I spy some color over here!
These pretty purple flowers are a welcomed sight among all the non-flowering plants in my garden right now.
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