|The late summer garden is producing lots of peppers: ghost peppers, habaneros, bells, etc.|
The second task was to water my herb and flower beds nearer the house. It seemed that the area had a dry spell while we were gone. Of course, as soon as I watered, we got rain, first an afternoon sprinkle, and then days of showers.
August is a hateful month to me. I have never liked the heat of these late summer and early fall months in the South. As sweat poured down my face, I was longing for that cooler climate we left behind in Wyoming and Colorado. National news had also heated up while we were unloading our daughter's belongings from our car and taking hikes in our spare time. The heat of August, I'm convinced, brings out the worst in people.
|The back yard in August, from a distance quite nice|
|A little closer look: zinnias brown with some kind of leaf spot or leaf wilt|
|I removed dead zinnias and basil from this bed, and am waiting to see what reseeds and how it will grow through the fall.|
|Within a week after we had returned home, these sprawling Maximillian sunflowers were past their bloom, and I removed them to provide more light and nutrients for the swamp sunflowers.|
|Butterflies continue to visit the garden.|