“A Few Bright Spots”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
The heat is becoming unbearable. Last night at 10:30 PM, the heat index was still 98 degrees, and this morning at 6:00 AM the heat index was already at 88 degrees. I don’t even want to think what it will be by this afternoon. It does look as if by next week we may get some relief and a more typical summer weather pattern may be established. I sure hope so because those afternoon summer showers are really needed after almost a month of no rain and high temps.
But, I am not going to dwell on the heat (it just seems to make it worse anyway) or the plants that are really suffering right now even with all my watering. There still are some bright spots in the garden.
The Friendship gladiolus are still blooming and look so good next to the small pink vitex tree and Blushing Knockout rose. These gladiolus have done so well that I probably will add a few more next year.
The Yellow Jessamine has started blooming again. It had bloomed earlier in the spring but stopped as it put out new foliage. Now it seems ready to continue blooming through the summer.
My favorite lantana has started blooming. This one is always the last to return after the winter, and this year I cut it back early to make it bushier. This photo doesn’t show the flowers at their best, but you get to see the color, which adds another dimension of color to the “pink” garden.
So, until we get some rain or cloudy weather, I looks like my gardening is on hiatus except for the daily watering. I will have to get my plant “fix” by visiting the more northern blogs and enjoying their plants and flowers.