David Copperfield, Where Are You?

Though they love to pose for the camera, you can see how water-logged these Gerbera blooms are.

“I’m just waiting for people to start asking me

to make the rain disappear.” – David Copperfield

What a  stretch of hot and humid weather we’ve had here in Nova Scotia — record breaking temperatures and humidex readings that rival those of tropical climes.  Add to that days of leaf-beating, bloom-ripping, mold-inducing, earwig-loving torrents of rain and, well, it’s not only been unpleasant, but downright nasty for the garden.  Or nasty for my container gardening, at least.

This morning, I took pruners in hand and removed every discoloured leaf and expired bloom I could find.  That helped a little.  Some things, such as the verbenas of all colours, are kaput — the wind and earwigs finished them off — so they were unceremoniously removed and tossed into the ditch (where they will probably take hold and bloom profusely for the rest of the summer!).  I combined two pathetic containers into one, where possible, and hope that we get a little sun later on to help start drying things out, although the forecast is for cloud straight through to Friday.  Gah!

So far, the hot, wet weather hasn't seemed to affect the Gerberas at all. These pink buds will soon open.

There are five distinct colours of lobelia growing in the garden this season, more by accident than design.  The large clump of dark blue/purple was bought as such — the rest came from a small flat of  ‘Regatta Mix’ I grabbed on the run.  I just love their little iris shaped blooms.

In this container, the lobelia consists of a dark blue/purple; a violet/pink in the centre; and a light powdery blue on the right, all at various stages of growth, obviously. (You can see the strip of aluminum foil in front of the door that is still keeping Mr. Pee Cat at bay!)
This white-with-blue/blue-with-white mix is very pretty.
And I do love this little clump of white which is spreading nicely in the little rhodie bed.
This 'Trusty Rusty' coleus is starting to take off; it can grow to a height of 18 - 24". I love the colour.

On these days that feel like a sauna and will frizz even the most well behaved hair dos, I’ve decided I’m only ever going to plant geraniums!  Geraniums and lobelia because nothing seems to phase them, and nothing seems to eat them.  Oh, and I do have one, lowly cosmos growing in a pot which has survived all of Mother Nature’s sense of humour.

David Copperfield, where are you?!

Rainy Day Blues

I can’t remember a stretch of weather such as Nova Scotia is experiencing so far this summer!  I tried to find some stats to include here, but suffice it to say that we haven’t had a full, sunny day for weeks, and have had high humidity and rain along with the clouds.  At a point in the growing season when farmers are often praying for rain, they are keeping their fingers crossed for sun this year.  Berry producers are taking an especially hard hit this season — not only are some of the berries not ripening, but they are short on pickers.  No one wants to pick berries in the rain, even when U-Pick prices have been slashed by as much as 50% by some farmers.  I lost the little container of lettuce we’d already eaten from — it simply mildewed at the soil level and turned to mush.  Fortunately, it’s easy to replant.

cali_blueThe Calibrachoas are thriving, as is the shade-loving impatience.  It could be worse, I suppose, but it sure would be nice to have a few days of sun…without the moisture, please!