Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Garden Stress

Our garden is stressed, and I can feel it.

We returned early yesterday morning from our venture to Alaska (a second visit and loved as much if not more, but that for another day) to a stillness and unseasonably hot temperature which reached 107 degrees by afternoon. Leaving the garden in summer is not what we do, but this was a trip that had been planned around some business activity.

On several occasions while traveling, thoughts turned to the state of the garden, but they were quickly dismissed. I learned long ago that worrying about something about which nothing can be done, is a waste of time, energy and thought.

The greatest concern about leaving was the vegetable garden, but we found it in great shape upon return. We had decided to keep it on a twice a week for thirty minutes automatic watering system. On the other hand, the flower garden zones were turned off until our return, and yes, the majority of the perennials are stressed and not very happy, but they will make it. When it comes to our water source (a well) and its usage, we are careful and respectful.

As you well know, it will take time to get back into the groove of things at home and begin organizing the photos and notes about our trip. I am excited about sharing some of that with you in the coming days.

For now, it will be another record 107 degree day. Early morning and a current 80 degrees find only bumblebees and these Western Tiger Swallowtails out and about.

Phlox paniculata 'Robert Poore' finds frenzied feeding, while the Buddleia blossoms experience a gentler approach.