Summer has arrived

It’s the first day of summer, the longest day of the year, and I have weather on my mind. My heart goes out to those, including some of my offspring, in areas of the country that have been hit so hard by storms over the last few months and are about to be hit again by another deluge of rain, flooding, hail and/or tornadoes…. and high temperatures.

Lady's Mantle - June 2019

In New Hampshire, we’ve been fortunate. We’ve had plenty of rain accompanying our cool temperatures. Gardens around here can handle what nature has doled out so far.

June 2019

In fact, for ornamental gardeners it’s been amazing to have steady rainfall every couple of days this spring. My favorite garden color green dominates the landscape, from the lime green of Japanese Spikenard ‘Sun King’ and lady’s mantle to the blue green of hostas.  The lushness of the landscape has been fed by our life-giving spring rains and plants from perennials to shrubs to grasses and vines have exploded in growth.

June 2019

Temperatures in New England have been cool but I fear that as soon as the heat of summer hits us, the door will be open for an assortment of bacteria and fungi that thrive in heat and the moisture we’re having. And, for sure, there will be an increase of unwelcome insects… like slugs and worse. Already arriving this week are newly hatched LARGE mosquitoes that chase us indoors at dusk. Sigh….

Aralia 'Sun King' - June 2019

Rain is a welcome treat right now, but too much rain during the summer months can cause plenty of problems for us in the garden. We will simply enjoy it while we can.

14 thoughts on “Summer has arrived

  1. Garden looks lush. Mine do too. Until, of course, I get too close and peer under a leaf and oh my gosh but are the weeds prolific as well. My veggies look like they are frozen in time. I don’t think they’ve grown 3-4 inches in the past four weeks. I can’t even imagine a tomato crop at this point. So, I’m off to pull weeds for a while as we have a break in rain but not wind. And, here I thought I left the wind in the midwest. 🙂

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  2. Have exotic species of mosquito moved into your region already? There are billboards in San Jose to warn people of new (in 2015 or so) Chinese mosquito that is active all day, rather than just in the evening like the native mosquitoes are. It is big and voracious too.

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