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Peak Summer in Houston is upon us- 100 degrees during the day, mid 80s at night. Nothing much is blooming at the moment because of the heat and lack of rain also. We've had very little rain this year, which reminds me of the drought we endured in 2011. Certainly my garden is the driest that it's been since then.
Lady Ann Kidwell is dead, Lemon Spice and Queen of Elegance are on the way. Start of summer death season. In ground, Archduke Charles looks pretty bad. We need rain.
Due to the lockdown, I really miss wandering around locally looking for new plants to buy. Since I had an illness in March (was it COVID? I don't know, no test), I haven't left the house at all. I've slowly regained my strength and started doing chores around the garden again. I'm behind on weeding (always), but a lot of the roses and other plants have grown large enough that they shade the ground under them and cut down on weeds considerably. Bermuda grass and some invasive weed that I haven't identified are the main problems (along with baby trees always coming up everywhere- arg). I set up a new potting station and my husband got me a new wheel barrow to mix dirt in. I have more vegetables than ever growing this year, mostly in pots. I had help setting them up, because I was just too weak to muscle it all around. Most stuff I started from seed, but just before everything went haywire in late February, I was able to buy a lot of baby tomato and pepper plants locally. I haven't bought any new roses since I'm just about out of room now, and happily my rose pot ghetto is down to about 30 plants (or less, I haven't counted), including several seedlings of mine (some of which I really like). There are still several flats of perennial seedlings that need to grow on a bit before they need to be planted, so hopefully I'll make some headway on the weeding.
Doing some mid-summer weeding because we've had a cool front push through dropping the temps down into the upper 80s during the day and lower 70s at night. Woo! It'll only last for a few days. Roses are pretty much sleeping right now, though Puerto Rico,Trinity, Maggie, Miss Caroline, Viridiflora and Peppermint China are still blooming.