Most of my posts are scheduled and this is a double post but I need to vent. The heat and the lack of rain has not helped. I don't know if many gardeners ever feel like this because I don't know anyone crazy enough to attempt to do what I am doing. Yesterday, (Saturday) I was exhausted. We get water from a well. One well fuels the house and the back gardens. Another well, does the front. The back well went out, now we are fueling the house with the garden well. This has added more stress because my plants are already waning.
I had a couple of goals. Have a certain section screened by bloom day. Have all the plants at the greenhouse planted by the 20th of June, and have the backyard project completed by August 1. I completed the first goal, but yesterday I was so exhausted. The heat index is hitting 100 degrees most days making almost impossible to work outside. I think I need to regroup and pace myself more because right now, I feel very defeated.
The roses that have been screened and mulched (seem to be doing better). They are not yet irrigated but I think for whatever reason it has helped.
The last layer I used leaf mold. Since the heat is so hot, I did not want to waste the time going to the co-op for mulch so I opted for leaves.
Well, at least I got that accomplished.
The roses behind here are being overcome with weeds. Two of them are from cuttings I actually made work.
We haven't finished wiring the manifold yet, but I felt it was better to screen first. Maybe I should start irrigating.
Some of the plants at the greenhouse are full of ants. To the point, where I almost want to abandon them. This is an azalea bush that I really want to plant but it' overcome with ants..
The greenhouse is a wreck. The weeds are very high and stuff is everywhere.
The cold frame has plants that are doing okay but are overcome with weeds. Instead of planting, I am considering repotting.
The bigger plants seem to be okay but some have ants all in them..
I think it's too ambitious to get them in the ground.
The azaleas my mother gave me seem to be okay. The rose cuttings that grew over the spring died. I just couldn't attend to them.
The hydra bed is overcome with weeds and growings from trees I had cut down but the root system remained.
I have roses in this section but you wouldn't know it for the same reason as the one above.
This is more manageable. I think my goal is to keep as many plants alive, and quit trying to save the failing ones.
Dollar General distressed roses didn't make...they might have but I didn't water them enough...and I think I will stop trying. However, many did make it.
I think it's a gonner
This is Isabella....she is a priority. I grew her from seed.
This rose bed seems to be doing better but I wish it would rain more.
This section got over run with trees that I cut down but the root system remained.
I don't know why the screening made things better...maybe because it looks better.
Any plants on daily water timers are doing immensely better.
The front bed is overrun with weeds. Some look like perwinkles but having trouble determining which ones.
The junipers are suffering. They are supposed to be able to live in sandy dry soil but they are doing well.
Especially this one.
The driveway roses need to be pruned. They are on an automatic system but the weeds like the water too. It's not screened.
Needs pruning but this can probably wait.
Creekside roses are also on a water timer but overrun with weeds.
The grass is unmowed and weedy. The pollen has been fierce on me this year.
Raintree and peachtree are okay.
Husband mowed the front field. It makes me feel better. The wildflowers he left. I have several packs of wildflowers I am very tempted to just throw in there an be done with it.
The perinneals and ornamentals are okay. I have been diligent in watering the willow.
The garden well has a hose running to the main well. Did it lose prime or is the water table down? I looked up the water table...I think it lost prime.