Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hot and Humid

Here it is nearing the end of July already. It is hot and humid here. The humidity drains us of energy. I was out for awhile this morning trimming, weeding and had to quit because it is just too awful outside. It is clouding up and looks like we will get some more rain. We've had a lot, so much so that it's hard to keep up with everything. It is becoming more and more of a jungle as some things take over. We sure look forward to cooler weather. I just checked the weather site and it is 85, but with the humidity feels like it's 105.

Below are some pictures, click on them for a larger view.

This first one is of Pink Pet, or Caldwell's Pink.

This is of our driveway.

This is crepe myrtle.

Mexican petunia

Rain lily.

This is Tork, our helper and mostly overseer for projects.

Hope you all are enjoying your summer,

keep cool,

don't work too hard,

drink plenty of water to keep re-hydrated,

take breaks,

and have fun.

Musings from FL zone 10

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes
on the grass under the trees on a summer's day,
listening to the murmur of the water,
or watching the clouds float across the sky,
is by no means a waste of time."
Sir J. Lubbock


L. D. Burgus said...

Your music is always a welcomed surprise. Your photos look great. I am not familiar with the myrtle other than seeing them in a catolog. Your roses look great. I hope the rain will cool it down a little for you.

lilsista said...

Beautiful flowers....sweet kitty...oh to be a cat sometimes :0)! Hope you are having a great day ....Smiles all day long :0)!

Debbie's Garden said...

Tork the Overseer looks like quite the slave driver! Our 2 cats are grey tabbies with green eyes too.

I love the roses in your driveway over the little shed, so pretty.

Your heat sounds miserable, we can hardly get to 80!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

It is the humidity that really does it. We're lucky that most of the time it's not too humid here. I love the rain lily! Your gardens look very lush and happy, they must like the rain you've been getting.

sweet bay said...

Tork looks both very helpful and very wise. :) I have a couple of garden helpers too and enjoy their company.

It's humid here today, but I bet not as bad as you have there... it can be difficult to get anything done. Sometimes you actually feel as though you're swimming rather than moving through air!

Mrs. Mac said...

I like your driveway ... perfect!

Nell Jean said...

Can you take a pole and knock down a good sized piece of your Nightblooming Cereus? They root easily in regular potting mix and will bloom the next year. That way you could see one up close and SMELL them, the best part.

Crape myrtles are just now starting to look fine here. My mexican petunia just sits out there and looks forlorn, hasn't bloomed in 3 years.

Anonymous said...

That Pink Pet looks very similar to the roses that grow in the hedge by my driveway. I wonder if they are the same. Your drive looks so cottagey. I love the cottage look!

FlowerLady said...

L.D. ~ Thanks. Glad you like the music. I picked soothing music with no words so as not to distract reading. Crepe myrtles are all over down here in the south. I also have the Queen Crepe, which has larger blossoms. The regular crepe I have two colors of. The rain does sometime cool things down, other times it makes it feel more like a sauna.

Lilsista ~ Thank you. Cats do have it made, lounging around most of the time.

Debbie ~ I just love tabbies. I like the roses over the shed too. There is also a bougainvillea there with the same color blossoms.
Gosh, it would be nice if it only got to 80 here. We'd think that was heaven this time of year.

Catherine ~ Yes, it is the humidity that makes it miserable. The rain lilies are really pretty and I love seeing them in bloom. The plant life is doing too well from all the rain. I can hardly keep up with it all.

Sweetbay ~ Sometimes Tork likes to be carried around through the garden, other times she's at my feet though, almost tripping me. ~ You are so right about how sometimes it feels like you are swimming rather than moving in air. You walk outside and your clothes immediately start collecting moisture.

Mrs. Mac ~ Thank you. The driveway does look good when it's green. Pulling into our driveway from the four lane road out front is like pulling into a different world.

Nell ~ I will see about doing that. I think there might be a piece or two that I can get a hold of. Thanks for the tip. I think it's cool that you keep yours going in your greenhouse come winter, along with other tropical type bloomers. Crepes are in bloom all over town. I love them. I have 5-6 of them, plus babies that I need to dig up and plant elsewhere. Have two different colors of the regular crepe, then the purple flowering Queen Crepe. Oh yea, I do have a purple flowering regular crepe, but it doesn't always bloom. This year I see buds on it. I'll have to take pictures of it when it does bloom.

Thrifty Woman ~ Pink Pet is a great little rose that grows in different areas of the country, so you might have it there. It sure is an easy one to grow and blooms regularly. I love the cottage look too. Glad you like our driveway. We recently found that huge (10'-11')fish dumped on the next street over. Since I'm a pisces, and we do live here in FL, we had to bring him home. At the end of the driveway was the only place we had to hang him. I know some will think we are crazy, and we are a tad that, but we like the whimsy he adds to our place.

Have a great week everyone and thanks for visiting and leaving a msg.