July has taken me by surprise. I had expected everything once green to be brown and crispy. Everything. I am so happy I was wrong. Before I blow the trumpet too loudly, I think it only honest that I disclose the number of triple digit heat deaths...
My beautiful pineapple sage died. Both of them. I suppose the loss would be more devastating if I had grown if from seed instead of laying out 5 bucks at Lowes. I was looking forward to harvesting radish seeds right up to the moment I came home and found them ALL brown and crispy. Radishes. I killed radishes, the easiest veggie on the planet to grow. I won't even go into the green bean saga... I'll just say we are NOT harvesting green beans. On the brighter side, the pumpkin vines gave me two lovely future pies before it gave way to squash bugs. I had the fabulous idea to transplant my tomatoes and peppers to the dappled shade of the north wall. While the peppers are thanking me with new greenness, the tomatoes said adios. On the topic of transplanting, I HAD to move the palm that was crowding the irsis bed... and, yea, it's dead too unless by some miracle it shows signs of life in the future. Stranger things have happened, like the mostly dead zucchini plant I couldn't bring myself to pull. I just couldn't do it and I have been rewarded with new life out of the bed of death. OK, that was a bit dramatic but it IS extra cool to see it putting on new leaves every day. Lest I forget, the beautiful red honeysuckle that was doing SO well changed its mind. I couldn't dig it up, not yet, so I just cut it back and pray it surprises me with new shoots come spring. Don't spoil my dream with reality...I'll dig it up next summer when all hope is past.
So, now I know a little more of the do's and don'ts of gardening in the valley of the sun. Mostly ~ Don't expect too much, don't be devastated when the best of plans turn crispy, be encouraged with life no matter what shade of green it happens to be, and always trust God with the details.
That said, all is not brown and crispy... there remains the promise of something beautiful for tomorrow.
Pepper plants are now a year old.
Sweet potato plants scattered through out the garden are doing fabulous!
My beautiful pineapple plant! Only 2 more years before it fruits. :-)
Basil and sunflowers, Zinnias and okra all flourishing in the hot hot sun. It is enough encouragement for another season!