“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!
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.
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?!