Wow, we are really having a really hot and humid July so far. It really isn’t good for the garden as even the drought resistant plants are starting to wilt.
I water the veggie containers early in the mornings to give them a good soak. Each day I’m picking some of the small tomatoes. And they are lovely and sweet and juicy. There are a few beans to pick later this week too.
The four o’clocks have started to bloom. I usually get the photos in the early evening as that is when the blooms open up.
This year I planted the tuber roots in some big containers on my plant tables. I’m not growing as many veggies as usual, and it seems to be a good choice as the weather is so hot.
A little project that was started ages ago finally got finished and set out in the back tree garden. To make the tic tac toe game you need 10 rocks about the same size and a flat rock that you can paint the grid on. Paint 5 rocks one colour and add a O to each one, and then paint another 5 rocks a different colour and add an X to each one. The grid was painted on with white, but you can choose whatever colour you wish. Spray it all with a fixative as it will be outside and then find a place to set it and your garden visitors can have a quick game of x’s and o’s while they tour your garden.
I took some different views of the back tree garden. If you look carefully in the bottom photo you can see the x’s and o’s game.
Yikes – the aphids are attacking my heliopsis. I purchased some Neem oil and have been spraying them early in the morning or late in the evening in hopes I can eliminate them. If not, I’ll be digging this clump and taking it to the landfill. They don’t seem to be on any other plants that are growing nearby. What do you suggest to get rid of them?
The bee balm or monarda has been blooming and the bees are loving it.
Despite the heat other plants are blooming – yucca, daylilies, Russian sage, purple cone flower and liatris to mention a few.
How is your garden doing during this heat wave on Ontario?