|Glads, happily blooming in an old whiskey barrel, on the deck.|
Just a sprinkle. This, on the heels of 2 consecutive, afternoon rains has me hopeful the tide has turned.
|Clematis drape across the other side of the deck.|
By all outward appearances, it has not been a good summer.
Oppressive heat, our western landscape so deadly dry... We went for 37 days without a drop of rain.
And, then. A rash of scary wildfires. Too close for comfort.
The wind carried ash in the breezes and left a reminder of this danger, as a layer of dust in the garden.
|Sky Blue Flax, a volunteer wildflower, makes her home in the raised veggie bed.|
The smoke. The heat. The... oh, give me a second and I'll come up with another excuse..
|Penstemon, Primrose, & Geraniums|
I've been calling this my non-gardening year.
And, it's all because of.... a brand, spankin' new drip irrigation system!
Every single summer day, schlepping hoses dominated my life. Moving sprinklers, to and fro, caring for my flowers.
This year, I threw in that proverbial towel and automated the joint.
|Catmint & Valerian|
Oh! Joy! Free Time???
|Plentiful designer weeds|
In fact, I never really minded, since I love putzing with my flowers. But, it's given me the freedom to experiment with all kinds of precious posies I shied away from in previous years.
So, there ya have it. I've been a lazy gardener. And, a lazy garden blogger. Heck, I've been such a slacker I forgot to celebrate my 6th blogoversary (May, 2012.)
Here's hoping you're having a wonderful growing season, too.
Happy Bloom Day, Everyone!
Pay a visit to Carol @ May Dream Gardens to visit more flower lovers for this Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day monthly meme.