five hundred miles

Summer :: 2015

Summer started much earlier than June this year and we've been battling extreme humid and hot temps since may. That's been a bummer to deal with especially since I was already struggling to keep up due to pregnancy symptoms

I have never liked the summer (at least a southern summer) and so I find myself entirely annoyed throughout wishing it would give my poor flowers a break and hating how it awakens all the bad bugs...I've even had Japanese Beetles earlier this year than usual because of it and don't get me started on this weird green bug with long orange striped legs that likes to eat all the leaves of my plants. It's actually quite a funny bug that backs up slowly when it sees my eyeballs seeing him which make me laugh a bit...clever little bug. 

I've actually caught up on weeding two times now but we've just received a ton of rain so I imagine I'll be behind now...and some things I can't even do because it has been too hot but for the most part everything is still doing well. Luckily, a good portion of the plants are old enough now that they can handle some bad bug action and not be effected, so I am keeping a closer eye on the younger plants still unable to fight them off as well. 

The first phase of Hydrangeas are blooming and soon the late summer ones will appear. My lilies are not blooming yet but they are close and boy are they just as lovely as ever and just as HUGE. I had a man stop by to tell me those were the biggest lilies he'd ever seen and we must have wonderful soil! Very sweet of him and honestly, they really are ridiculously huge...I don't know what to make of it but I am sure there are others out there that have super lilies too. 

Everything has been going well with the honeybees and we've already learned so much! They are everywhere in the garden right now and loving our Allium and Lavender (below). 

However, the truth is...we don't have good soil but we've worked super hard to improve it and it has given us the love back that we've put into it but of course there's always more to be done especially when you do everything naturally...organically and naked...okay maybe not naked but it's an angle I wouldn't be opposed to in the summer if we didn't have neighbors.

The blueberries have arrived and they are so good this year. They've always been good but we always felt they could be better and this year, I feel like they've finally hit their stride! We only have 5 bushes but they keep us on our toes and fully stocked with antioxidants.

No matter what, I feel the best times to enjoy ones garden in the summer is right after a rain, very early morning or dusk. Everything looks happier then and you feel much better about things then you did at noon high-kicking Japanese Beetles off your Wisteria.