Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer is Upon Us

One day I'm complaining about how cool the weather is and the next day it's 30 degrees.  The heat and humidity have set in thick and we have a case of the muggies.

Spring plants wilted in the sudden rush of heat.  Iris and columbine lasted only a short week or so before collapsing.

Columbine were brought as seed from the west coast and
now bloom happily every spring in my garden on the east coast

They were beautiful while they lasted.  For a short period of time the garden seemed to bloom almost exclusively in purple.

Caesar's Brother Siberian Iris
Siberian Iris, Ligularia and Mountain Bluet
Clearly I have a passion for purple when it comes to gardening.  Oddly I haven't got a single piece of purple in my wardrobe.  

Blues have faded and bright yellow is now beginning to dominate as the temperature heats up.  

Isn't it funny how the flower colours seem to mimic the temperature?  Hot days are paralleled by hot colours like orange, red and yellow.  There must be a reason for that but I haven't a clue what it is.

The first dahlia of the season has arrived and it's orange!
As for me, when it gets hot the garden starts to lose it's lure on me.  There's only one place to go when the thermometer goes too high.

If you're lucky enough to live close to the water I highly recommend getting out and making the most of it.