It’s hot and dry.

Here in the Mid-Atlantic states we are in the dry August-September season. This is our typical dry season with the exception of a hurricane or tropical storm. Many broad-leaved deciduous stubs will drop their leaves during this drought period.

But it is fig season!


And blooming ginger season!


With temperatures near 100f we find activities to stay indoors!

Last weekend we hit the museums!

North Carolina Museum of Art:

A 1920s menora


A 1700s icon screen 


The Rodin sculpture garden


The North Carolina Museum of History


Quailridge Book Sellers


And there is always time for an iced mocha latte at Cup A Joe


And a night cap at Ruby Deluxe


And the Tropicals in the garden enjoy the heat and humidity! The bananas are lush!


And if I don’t leave a window cracked in the Fiat it’s a little warm in there at the end of the day!


I am ready for Fall! 

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This quick, fast Summer!

This summer has gone by so quickly! It seems so much has happened to distract me from the garden!

The heat and humidity has forced me to stay inside. Gus’s cancer treatments have forced me to only plant a vegetable garden this year and not the hundreds of annual around my half-acre lot which I usually plant. It’s a good thing as I do not need to water daily and endure the ticks and mosquitoes.


So I have been enjoying the gardens and plantings around Raleigh. The above planting in Cameron Village Shopping Center of alocasia, coleus, and lantana.


A blooming and fruiting pink banana at JC Raulston Arboretum at NCSU.


The farmers market at NorthHills Shopping Center.


Naked ladies (lycoris squamiger) at JC Raulston

Rudbeckia lanciniata in my garden.


Jewel weed in my garden.


A pale pink rose-of-Sharon in my garden.

A small hydrangea bloom in my garden.

Monarda Jacob Cline in my garden.

Tiger lily in my garden.

Pineapple lily in my garden.

Hardy wandering Jew in my garden. (Tinantia pringlei ‘Panther’)

Woodland phlox in my garden.

Perennial sweet pea in my garden.


Pineapple lily


Unfortunately, one of the cats, Brody, was diagnosed with lung and stomach cancer and was euthanized.


Gus is still continuing his chemo for the lung cancer he was diagnosed with last winter and it has slowed its grown. It is expensive so I am not sure how long I will continue to afford it but for now we continue ….


With temperatures near 100f the Fiat 500 becomes very hot when sitting in a parking lot all day!  Whew!!

It’s hot!

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Blooming today…

Incediball hydrangea 


Gus and old-fashioned hydrangea 


Basjoo bananas, hydrangea, gingers 


Rose-of-Sharon


Hyperion daylily 


Double orange daylily 


Heaven (iced mocha latte)


Are they not cute! Poppy the whippet and Andy!


The Updated Agenda –


Now get to work!!!! Be the change!

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