Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Gardening in the Heat of the Summer

Now that the peak heat of the summer is here I make a point to get up at dawn so that I can get whatever yard or garden work completed.  During this time I can weed the gardens, deadhead the flowers and water the plants.  However I need to wait a few hours to use any of my electric or gas operated garden tools. 
Watering lilac shrub in summer

I was going to use the electric grass trimmer to manicure around the flower gardens but decided to hold off on this project until next week when weather will be 20 degrees cooler. At 9:00 this morning the temperature was 89 degrees and I thought it was too hot.

Other than that maintaining the garden, I find it is a full time job to keep the container and specialty gardens hydrated. The plants get a good watering in the am with a soaker hose but come noon the top soil in containers and garden beds looks like dust.  So I am outdoors again in the late afternoon to water the hosta, coleus and fern plants because the heat of the summer is causing them to feel stress.
Cosmo flower like hot weather
Zinnia flowers grow best in hot sun

The only plants in my garden that are flourishing are the zinnias, cosmos and four O'clocks. These heat seeking plants are producing multiple flowers and the plants do not bolt when the summer weather gets hot.

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