Friday, July 08, 2016

Summer Blooms

Good Morning,

We had a bit of rain yesterday but Southern New Hampshire is officially in a severe drought. I've been watering the garden but ignoring the crunchy lawn. The Hydrangea I planted looks pretty bad, I hope I didn't lose it.

The first planting of beans will be blooming soon so I planted another row, variety Roma II on July 5th.

The Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily) seems to be unaffected by the lack of water. This has been a dependable plant for several years. I was nervous about whether it could winter over. This came from Mason Hollow Nursery.

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' is popular with the hummingbirds. A good plant for dry conditions.

The Opuntia cactus continues to bloom. The ultimate plant for xeriscaping.

Butterfly Weed is an excellent drought resistant plant. It has a thick taproot that holds the moisture. Difficult to transplant but self sows with milkweed like seeds (same family).

Sedum growing in the cactus bed

I have green tomatoes but nothing has ripened yet, not even the small ones.

We've been eating Snap Peas but the heat is getting to them. This one is too far gone and looks like something out of Invasion of the Body Snatchers  (1956 version)

Garlic scapes which I need to find a culinary use for

My first pepper - 'Pinot Noir'

The rest of the daylilies are beginning to bloom. They recovered after being nipped with  a very hard frost in early spring.