Not quite Summer in full swing.

The days are becoming humid with temperatures in the mid to low 80s. It’s just about Summer here in the Mid-Atlantic states.

The spiderworts (Trandescantia) are finishing their Spring bloom cycles but are developing fungal leaf spot, which they always do when the humidity is high. That’s ok. They tend to fall over after the blooming season and look best when cut back to the ground.

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After only a few days I grew tired of all the leaning Rose-of-Sharons from tropical storm Andrea so they all were trimmed back to about knee high. They will shoot back up about three to four feet by Fall. They will just bloom later than normal.

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The hydrangeas along the drive are beautiful, as always! They all were cuttings from one plant which I found behind the old shed when I purchased the house ten years ago.

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While walking around the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University we saw a beautiful fox! He wouldn’t sit still long enough for a good picture and I only captured the below picture of him running away down a path.

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That’s ok. The perennial border looks wonderful as we have had tons of rain! The dahlias are blooming now with the lilies budding out for their next show!

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I am just waiting for the vegetable garden to begin producing some veggies for some fresh and new recipes!

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12 responses to “Not quite Summer in full swing.

  1. Love your hydrangea & the faraway fox!

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  2. Not many people grow plants from cuttings anymore-or if they do they don’t talk about it. Great job with the hydrangeas.

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  3. Your hydrangeas are beautiful…we lost one of our Endless Summer which are supposed to survive the Maine winters. The three remaining ones aren’t doing that well either. 😦

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  4. Summer seems to be just creeping forward here. Temps in the 70s, cool winds, and lots of rain. Great capture of the fox! Too bad about your Rose of Sharon, I hate it when heavy rain makes all the tall stuff lean over.

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  5. Gorgeous grounds at your place. I like the pooch too! 🙂

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