|Diana Blueberry hybrid dianthus|
Our family is just back from 10 days of vacationing in our home state of Virginia. How green it was! How delightful it was to see rain and hear so many songbirds. I miss all that now that we are living in the desert. While gone, changes occurred in both my vegetable and flower gardens.
As we move into the triple-digit heat of summer here, my vegetable garden is all but done. The lettuces are gone, as well as the spinach, carrots and radishes. I still have some red chard hanging on. My one pepper plant never recovered from being wind burned. It died while I was away. I have 2 tomato plants left, but one is not looking good. We've had 40 mile-per-hour winds for two days, which has damaged the plant beyond recovery, I fear.
|White Wedding zinnia|
Out of the row of blue dianthus seeds I planted in the flower garden, one plant emerged and blossomed while I was away. The white wedding zinnias bloomed while I was gone, as well as the hybrid mixed zinnias. The pansies and petunias are almost all gone, and soon the strawflowers and gazania will die off in the daily triple-digit heat. Next weekend I will buy the few summer flowering plants that can survive the heat and start digging them in.
Beauty hybrid mixed zinnias