I’m not quite done complaining about our weather (we are still setting records!). But I’ve decided to put a happy face on and share all the good things that are happening here in the danger garden because of the heat wave. For example the canna, banana and elephant ears are really taking off...I'll share a picture of my little slice of the tropics when the sun cooperates and I can get a decent one!
The warmth and sun hastened the first blossom from my new (this spring) Rose of Sharon Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart'. The flower is exactly what I was hoping for and there many more buds on the plant so we will be enjoying these flowers for weeks.
The Chasmanthium latifolium, Northern Sea Oats are blooming. I love this grass! It looks great for months, far into autumn, and even dries nicely. This year I finally divided the plant that I’ve had for 7 years (moved here from Spokane with me) and now have three! I don’t know what took me so long. My new Black Lace Elderberry, Sambucus nigra, was seriously damaged by the heat and sun. First it wilted and then the sun fried the leaves. So sad! I cut them off but left the stalk and look! There are new sprouts already showing up!
Plus lots of healthy new growth too. The cucumber plants are growing like crazy and we’ve got several little cucumbers developing. They are so darn cute!
And the tomatoes!!! Wow, we’ve been picking and eating them daily…heaven! The peppers are HOT! The basil is really getting into action as well, all the better to go with the tomatoes. And then there is this, I found these pictures in a magazine called Gardens West. Someone wrote in to the editor to ask for advice on their tomato, and they included these pictures. This is disturbing! Imagine this growing on your kitchen counter. I think I would have a hard time eating tomatoes for a while. The editor was of little help, offering that the writer should treat it as a research project and plant pieces of the tomato to see what happens. Yuck.