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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10 responses to “This quick, fast Summer!

  1. I’m glad to see your post. I know life sometimes gets too busy to blog. I was wondering if you had been in the flood.

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  2. I’m sorry to hear about Gus’ cancer, Arthur. Hope you can keep the treatments going till he’s healed.
    On a different note, do you see Jewel weed as a flower or a weed? I’m never sure how to treat it, but tend to leave it to flower.

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    • Ha! Yes, both! I planted one jewelweed last year and this hear is has filled in an area about 20 feet by 20 feet and to about 5 feet tall! It is a nice little jungle which requires no care. But I also have Perilla (Shiso) which volunteers aggressively. I am just happy they require no care!

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  3. Jackie

    Thanks for sharing what’s coming up in your yard right now. We have many of the same… ..tiger lily, hardy wandering jew, rose of sharon, phlox, etc. My naked ladies did not return this year! Sorry to hear about Brody. Prayers for Gus for continued improvement… It has been a tough summer.

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  4. Hang in there with Gus’ caner & treatments! he looks like a cool dog. Lovely photos too! 🙂 xxxx

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  5. So sorry to hear about your poor cat. We are just through some cancer treatment with our golden retriever Arnie. Fingers crossed, we seem to have beaten it. I’m amazed how many plants we are both growing at the same time. I am growing all but the banana plant- which didn’t make it through the winter. All the best – Karen

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