“Keeping Busy”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Finally, we seem to be getting back into our normal summer pattern of afternoon showers every three or four days. We had a big thunderstorm last Thursday, and unfortunately lost our electricity for fourteen hours. Thank goodness it was from 6 at night to 8 in the morning. I don’t think I could have taken the daytime heat. We had another good shower today and received 1.07 inches of rain with more expected tomorrow. The rain does bring cooler temperatures and much needed moisture to the plants, but it does stop any garden work.
About the only thing blooming right now is the cannas. They just love the heat. Tropical Sunrise is one of my favorites even though this is only the second summer it has been in our garden.
Before the rain started, I discovered azalea caterpillars on the front azalea bushes. Because of the Fourth of July holiday and a family get together on Sunday, I haven’t been able to do my daily walk around the garden. This is when I am able to just check things out and catch problems like the caterpillars early. Boy, these guys can chomp through azaleas in no time. I usually don’t find any of these caterpillars until around the end of August, but they seem to be early this year. I guess I need to check all the other azaleas that are planted in other areas even though I haven’t had any show up anywhere but on the front azaleas. But, of course, there is always a first time.
It seems there is always something to keep a gardener busy.