To a gardener July is a time of waiting. Most of the organizing, planting
and even the brunt of the weeding is over, as many plants are nearing the end
of their bloom. And yet it's still to hot and dry to start the autumn transplanting,
splitting of perennials and serious pruning. Also too early for most harvesting.
Obviously this is the time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of one's spring labors,
but as you all know I suck at just sitting back and enjoying anything.
As you may remember we have deer eating their way through the garden
every night, so I have been forced to plan the planting outside of the patio
accordingly. Deer don't much care for herbs so I have been preparing sage,
oregano, rosemary, lemon balm and mint to be planted between the lavender bushes.
I'm keeping the beautiful catnip on the patio, so as not to attract more feral cats.
I'm missing thyme and tarragon, but honestly I wouldn't know where to fit them in.
We had a violent storm the other night, and the plum tree broke in three places.
It is a sad sight, those hundreds and hundreds of plums all gone to waste.
Some of the sunflowers also died, I hope the remaining 20 make it through.
(In the picture below you can see how much they've grown in just 3 weeks).
I am spending more time on Instagram than on Blogger these days,
but that will probably change once autumn rolls around again.
Next weekend though, I will certainly be here, having Mad Tea with all of you :)