The garden – like the rest of us – is desperately trying to turn the corner to fall.
It was not to be this week – with summer still making itself known by delivering temperatures over the century mark.
With the surrounding rice fields drained, even the crawdads are trying to seek safe haven.
I guess the word is out that we rescue, as most were scooped up and transported to our pond.
After a very hectic and full-house summer, we delighted in sending 14 dogs home last weekend. However brief the respite, there are, thankfully, a few open spots in our kennel “dorm.” I think all of us could use a bit of a rest from the crazy pace and heat of summer. Like the garden, we are a bit wilted and worn.
I look forward to cooler days and fall projects. Last year was the entry way – freshly planted and a looking a little bare this time last September –
now full and flourishing.
And the re-worked Iris bed. Last September, we carved out some center space for annual color while the irises take their own rest.
The summer plantings have completely taken over and will look even more beautiful as the season changes.
There are bulbs to thin and plant, beds to re-work, and trees to install as the season’s cycle begins again. But all of that will have to wait until we have a bit of cooler, crisper weather suitable for hard labor. Until then, we’ll just enjoy the company of dogs.