The Garden


It is HOT here.  Really really hot.  But I bet you already knew that.

In April we received three tiny trees from my sister and brother in law to plant.  One did not make it because our gardening negligence.  The five gallon bucket the saplings arrived in collected too much water during a couple of rain storms.  We planted all three trees hoping for the best.  The hawthorn and the crab apple (?) have decided to continue living.


This spot had a dogwood sapling and Frodo decided it was very dead and ripped it out of the ground.  He is an expert gardener!  He was so happy to have a twig (dead tree) to romp around the yard. Yesterday, we went out to fill in the empty spot.  After much deliberation, we chose a butterfly bush.  At our last house we owned, we had a screened-in porch surrounded by butterfly bushes. It was beautiful.  We loved how quickly they grew and enjoyed all the bees, butterflies, moths and hummingbirds that visited.


Our little vegetable patch is growing nicely. We planted tomatoes, basil, peppers cucumbers and a few kale.  So far the rabbits, ground hogs and deer are not interested in eating any of it.  Let's hope it stays that way.

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  1. I love seeing your garden. I wish it were hot enough around here to grow peppers well. I have not had good luck with cucumber. I would love to have them though, they are a staple around here. blessings!

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  2. Really great garden. My garden looks very healthy and robust...almost overgrown, but very little yield so far this year. We are still trying to figure out the best way to have a vegetable garden in this Arizona heat.

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  3. The yard is looking good. I have lost quite a few plants through benign negligence. I applaud those who can grow things.

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  4. Lovely garden! We are sweltering here. It's supposed to get up to 100 degrees...ugh! Have a great weekend!

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  5. You have a very pretty garden. I just came in from picking tomatoes in mine. It's hot here too, Yuck!

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  6. Love the butterfly bush! And your raised beds are looking beautiful! Stay cool.

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  7. I just adore your veg patch, my runner beans aren't looking too healthy at the moment, need your magic touch!

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

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  8. Butterfly bushes are just grand!! They attract all kinds of visitors. Your garden is looking good. We are expected to hit triple digit temperatures this weekend... much better than last year when we had already been there for weeks!! Think cool breezes. blessings ~ tanna

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  9. i love butterfly bushes! And yay for your garden our kale took off this year and I have more than I know what to do with :) Made a juice with it this a.m. inspired by Cory, it was umm interesting.

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  10. Oh your garden looks lovely...I would love some summer heat these days and some nice cool lemonade.
    Enjoy your summer!

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  11. What a lovely garden! I was not familiar with butterfly bushes I love this.
    I have stopped trying to grow anything deer, chipmunks and shade are a deadly trio ;o)

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  12. It was 100 degrees in Denver on Monday! I love my butterfly bushes! I have two of them by the front of the house.

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  13. Karen ~ do you have slugs back east? we left for work this morning and my lettuce pots were completely covered with icky slugs ~ I'll trade you a groundhog or two for some pacific northwest slimy creatures ;)
    Melissa

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    1. shoot ~ I forgot to add that it's been in the 50's most of the month of June...we've had one official day of sunshine all month. I know you love that!!

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    2. I do not think we have slugs and if we do they are very very few! I would love to be in the 50's here :D

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  14. It is sweltering in RI, too. We have a butterfly bush that my husband's grandmother planted many, many years ago ~ every season when he prunes it back I hold my breath that he doesn't kill it! ;) My niece used to love to run after all the butterflies when she was little ~ lots of good memories. Your gardens look wonderful!

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  15. There was a butterfly bush in front of our porch when we first bought our home but it didn't survive through the 2010 winter. I was thinking along our driveway would be a good spot for them (I am constantly trying to figure out what to plant there!).

    Your garden is looking quite lovely! And it is always nice to have a willing paw (or mouth? in this case) to help with the gardening tasks!

    Stay cool.

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  16. It's been really hot here too. Your garden looks great! I wish the critters would stay away from mine.

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  17. Beautiful garden. I hope you have way more hummingbirds than groundhogs.

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  18. love it! I daydream about having raised beds. Right now we're all pots. All 22 of them!

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