It’s hot as h*** here today. Is is hot where you live? Last weekend, we had a little reprieve from the hot and humid weather. It was so pleasant last Saturday that we worked outside about 5 hours. Leo was cutting the grass, and I worked in our flower bed that is in front of the garden fence.
The roses in this bed had been ignored for about a month because our attention has been on the vegetable garden. So the first thing I did was to fertilize and water the roses. Despite the heat and neglect, the climbing roses that we planted in early spring beside the arbor are doing well.
A few of the canes had grown tall enough for me to attach them to the arbor while I was working Saturday. See the weeds in the background? They are gone now. I did a lot of weeding while the weather was so nice. I also pruned a few of the climbing roses and deadheaded the Knockouts.
As I was pruning one of the climbers, I found this.
One of the prettiest things in this flower bed is this combination of flowers growing on the fence. The red flowers are mandevilla and the yellow ones are black-eyed Susan vines that are volunteers. I didn’t plan this combination, but it is just stunning. I had planted two mandevillas in early spring before any of the black-eyed Susans had come up.
We had some pine straw delivered from Jay’s Trading Post, and I spread some of it around the trees in front of the flower bed. I need to get out early tomorrow morning(in order to beat the heat) to spread the rest of it in the flower bed.
Around the corner, the Angel’s Trumpets are blooming.
The cherry tomatoes are loaded with tomatoes and blossoms. I’ve used some of the cherry tomatoes in making Pioneer Woman’s Bruschetta. A really, really good way to use the over-abundance of cherry tomatoes that I know many of you are experiencing, too.
Our other tomatoes are still producing tomatoes, enough for me to put up 14 more quarts of tomatoes yesterday. Y’all do know what it means to “put up,” don’t you? It means WORK for Jane!
I’m glad that we had some nice weather last weekend so that I could get some much needed work done. The heat’s back. Stay cool.