Thursday, August 26, 2010

Notes from my swing

We're experiencing a brief respite from the heat wave and it was positively blissful out on the swing this morning. Not a pretty sight out back right now, the heat really takes it's toll on the foliage. Plus we really really work on conserving water.. so no lush paradise for us. My black stemmed hydrangea has produced some odd ball looking flowers this year, you can see they're drying up. I wonder if Miss Jean has had the same experience, she's a wonderful gardener and I believe she found one of these last year.

My figs are perking along. Good thing my mother is stopping by today, she can pick that fig while she's here. Hardly a meal though, that's one tiny fig. Not as tiny as the one last week which was the size of a peanut.. a shelled peanut. What the heck?

My nemesis is back.

Hope you guys are keeping cool where you are! xo


Blogger Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

isn't this heat something else!?
my flowers are suffering, too.
stay cool!! promises of cooler weather coming our way. 107 is not for me either. it makes my brain shrivel up!!


8:31 AM  
Blogger Miss Jean said...

Hi Pam! I agree, the yard just doesn't look good after all this heat. Plus we're a little hotter than even you guys are. It's like this every year. In the spring my yard looks glorious. By the time August comes around it's a mess. Plus Maggie isn't helping matters any this year. She has dug up two areas of flowers at least three times. I give up! At least till it's time to plant pansies, and then I'll try again. The eternal optimist vs. the marauding Scotty!

I went up to the foothills last weekend and some of the shops had the most gorgeous pots out front filled with beautiful flowers and foliage. What's up with that? Anyway, I have the black stemmed hydreangea but it didn't get all speckly. There must be more than one black stemmed as mine are more of a lace cap variety. I'm not sure about the speckles, could be a non-serious virus. I bet the good folks at Alden Lane could help and it would be a good excuse to go there. Love that place! My good friend (Miss B) and I are looking forward to Quilts In The Garden!

Stay cool!

9:13 AM  
Blogger happy zombie said...

Your hydranga looks so cool! Knowing nothing about plants, I don't know if it's a bad thing or good thing... but I like it! And love your one tiny fig!

OMG... your old nemesis is back! At this point I think you should name him. Looks like he's on patrol looking to scope out any unattended patio umbrellas in your yard.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

My computer will not let me see the pictures. I just hope your nemesis isn't me.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Hahaha -- E's comment cracked me up. Your hydrangea is beautiful. And the cousin squirrel -- call 1-800-Rent-a-Cat and hurry!

2:39 PM  
Blogger Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

We've had a hot, hot summer here in NH but there are signs of fall all around. But the weatherman tells us it will be in the 90's again by Saturday so we still have some summer left in us. Just not looking forward to the snow and cold.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I love hydrangea. Even if it has spots. As for that nemesis. Get out your B-B Gun! Or is that allowed. Please do not call the animal protection people on me. I like the thought of fall, but not winter. Especially here in Utah. Yucky!

4:14 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

OMG... you have your own fig tree!! I am jealous. I love figs, even the little ones. Oh no, make sure Mr. Squirrelly squirrel doesn't get his little paws on it!

4:40 PM  
Blogger schmidt1016 said...

That's one scary looking squirrel! What has he been into?
I'm not a gardener, so the hydrangea looks pretty to me. Stay cool.
Leslie S. in MN

9:58 PM  
Blogger Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

Can I come sit on your swing???
Our grass is crunchy and even my lavender plants have shriveled up!
I love hydrangeas. That 1 fig deserves 1 cracker and some gourmet cheese.
Looks like your Nutty Nemesis is carrying some nest making material...yikes!
{I decided to sign your blog with my google so I too can have a cute icon :)}

7:03 AM  
Blogger The Chicken Lady said...

You can send me your squirrel if you want. :) I do love the hydrangeas with spots. I hope you're cooler now, fall is almost here!! :) I would send some cold weather if I had some.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Library Gal Quilts said...

My hydrangea didn't get watered for two days and poof...a fried hydrangea it did become...Chico is a pizza oven. As for the squirrel...I believe I see a quilt pattern in his/her honor called Nutty Nemesis...haha. xo Pam in Chico

6:50 AM  

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