As I’m watching the news this morning I see the good news is, we are having a little break in this heat wave. The humidity has been unbearable, and the temperature in the high 90’s and 100’s over the last month. The bad news is, it has taken a toll on my container gardens. My back yard and deck are full sun, and if you can’t get outside and water two times a day, the flowers will suffer. When planting my containers in the spring, I should have given more thought to the lack of watering ability I have in the back yard. It’s not so hard to carry buckets of water in the early summer with temperatures in the 80’s but becomes a real problem later in the summer.
For those who have easy access to the water hose, and take the time to faithfully water, the results are great. I called my (retired) friend Sandra, and asked if I could come and take a few pictures of her yard.
Sandra has more wheelbarrows and tables than anyone I know, but knows how to place them perfectly in her yard. We’ve been together on many junking trips where we were sure we couldn’t fit one more thing in the back of her van, but managed to pack just right and squeeze in a table or two. These variegated lantana have outdone themselves in her turquoise metal cart.
This rusty wheelbarrow is the perfect container for succulents.
Galvanized containers full of geraniums sit on the wrap around porch,
and impatiens over flow this wheelbarrow.
A writing spider has found the perfect home among the flowers.
Next year I’ll plan a little better to have closer access to the water hose, or maybe I should just retire!
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