That is how I am beginning to think of this gardening year: XTreme. Today it is around 90° That means I need to water the containers more attentively and be very careful about new plants and seedlings. Of course, a lot of hot weather is ideal for weeding- everything that you root up dies.
I do not like how some of my trees and bushes look- at all! They are recovering very slowly from the late frost damage, and I am probably going to do some severe pruning soon. But maybe not, I hate to have to prune something unless it absolutely needs it. The pyracantha that absolutely needs it- but not because of damage, it is just much too bushy. I planted it in a protected spot and the severest cold results in no more than leaf loss. It is, however, swamping the window and the electric meter. I like to give it an architectural pruning when I can- although I come away looking like I got into the middle of the mother of all cat fights. I seem to remember an old Hayley Mills movie with a mob of cats in some ruins… like I went into the midst of that place!
But it must be done. I tried weeding yesterday, but ended up with what seemed like an allergic fit- I have no idea what caused that! I didn’t see any farmers out spraying, so I don’t know what the problem was…
The corn hereabouts is sprouting nicely, but the doom-sayers might have been right about the hot and droughty summer being hard on the corn crop. Everything went in late and it is already very hot. But Ohio changes- so we will see. It sure seems like summer is coming now, though. Now that I’ve said that, it will probably cause some sort of cold front to blow in… just to make a liar out of me.
I meant to go to buy some garden plants, but went to Curves™ and got my exercise in instead. Tomorrow, tomorrow- there is always tomorrow. It did cost me to take time out of the central growing season to go on vacation, though. But the exercise program is paying off in enabling me to work more readily.
Oh yes… in the stream of thinking about positives. The sour cherry doesn’t look like it will recover, but it has a strong scuptural quality – so I am going to prepare ground for a clematis to grow on it- shades of English Garden Design-whoopee! I am almost glad it didn’t make it. I just have to decide which clematis cultivar I want ….
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It is dry in my garden, too, and much too hot for May!