Are you staying cool this summer? We’ve had typical July weather~ hot and humid with temperatures in the 90s. I’m usually out the door at sun up to walk the dogs and then watering and on to other gardening chores and errands, so I can retreat back to the comfort of the A/C by noon to avoid the afternoon heat and climbing temperatures.
I know I’m in the minority when I confess that summer is not my favorite time of year and just the thought of August heat and humidity makes me break out in a sweat.
It’s been dry here with the exception of a few welcome thunderstorms lately that are helping supplement my morning watering schedule and get new perennial garden established.
My hubby is happy his hole-digging days are postponed until October when our fall weather typically arrives.
I did manage to plant a new red bench by my Potting Shed, no watering required!
My new red bench was on sale with free shipping and I fell for it hook, line and sinker when I saw Susan’s benches at Between Naps on the Porch!
The Luciana® outdoor bench is still available and on sale at Grandin Road.
I planted a white mandevilla vine on a trellis next to it between my window boxes, and added some twine secured to the siding for it to climb.
Sweet potato vine planted in my window boxes is growing at rapid pace to the point of crowding everything else, and has already concealed the twine where it’s attached to the trellis.
The vine is starting to climb its way up the twine, and I’m hoping it will continue up and around with additional twine to frame the windows with white blooms.
Limelight Hydrangea can stand up to the summer heat (unlike me ;) and is starting to bloom.
White flowers help me feel cool, at least psychologically!
Bees are buzzing and happy to have some summer blooms.
If you’re looking for a refreshing beverage to keep you cool this summer that’s the Bees Knees, you can find a recipe for Summer Peach Tea Punch, here.
A summery twist on an Arnold Palmer, Summer Peach Tea Punch is a crowd pleaser and ideal for serving for a bridal or baby shower.
It’s also easily adjusted to enjoy as a cocktail party punch for a crowd.