It is so hot here in Arizona. Today as I write this post a little early then when it will be posted, it was a record breaking day with dangerous temps. In Arizona you would think that we all would have mass amounts of Vitamin D in our systems because of all our sunny days, but we don’t spend a lot of time outside because of the heat. We have low vitamin D in our systems because of that.
If you can get up early, between 5-8am then you can get some outside work done before it gets too hot.
For the next several months, until late October that is, there will not be a whole lot going on in our Arizona garden. We will be going through what we call our hard months, trying to keep things alive. We’ll loose some plants. This is an Arizona summer.
This month I picked up some plants from the 99 cent store.
I also bought a pretty little hanging pot from the dollar store that had cacti on it.
I had an old tin pot from some plants I had awhile ago and I bought some extra wire plant hangers to add to it. Drilled some holes in the tin pot and painted some flowers on it. That was my re-purposing project for the month.
With the extra hanging chains , I switched out other pots around my garden. I forget to do that last summer and broke a couple pots that were hanging when their ropes gave out.
We found the giant grasshopper that was eating my succulents. It flew in front of my husband one morning and the chickens got it. My husband said he never saw anything so big. It was about 5-6 inches and thick.
My rose bush is struggling, along with my daughter’s Lavender. I moved the pots together, figuring they could keep each other company while they decide on whether or not they will leave our Arizona desert summer. I can’t blame them really…it is HOT here. I believe I have already told you all that. I moved them to the shade, lets see if that helps. This is what happens when you have container gardens. The pots get too hot, the roots bake if you don’t water them enough…your plants die.
Another thing I did this month was to finally get around to painting some river rocks I picked up from Cherry creek behind Our Little Red House up north. For some reason that little town up there is trending. Used to be very private. It’s in the middle of no where Arizona. Now the creaks, the swimming holes, the trails and woods, lakes…it’s all over social media. The townspeople are not happy about that though. They are very private up there…very private.
Up at the river they had lots of triangle shaped rocks that I brought back with me to the city, which are perfect for little cottages.
I painted my old garden table that I have had for many years. It looks pretty in the garden, even beat up, just rustic. Most people would have probably tossed this old table by now.
I have more mosaics to finish in the garden. I have a few projects I want to do.
I started work on a bird bath. Just a little. I might buy a small motor to somehow make a fountain for it.
June in the garden is a time to just hang out and relax. Lazy summer days. Baby doves are still showing up in the garden watching me in the pool. Probably trying to figure out what I am. They are so adorable now that they know how to use those wings of theirs.
Every now and then a bee will pop into the pool and I will have to rescue it. It is quiet out in the garden in the middle of the day. The sounds of the city get lost like background music to the lead singers of this show…the songs from nature.
That’s about it for this month. Just swimming, trying to keep everything alive and that includes leaving plenty of water for the wild critters that visit our city garden. Oh, I almost forgot, the ants have taken over. They never bother my husband, ever. My poor feet have been bitten so many times, and now the ants are showing up uninvited into our home…mean little buggers. They’re taking dips in the swimming pool too. So rude, they are the worst house guest. Reminds me of that Christmas movie Gremlins. And some more bees showed up. Now we have another hive hanging in the tree above the pool. Right under the tree where I hang out watching the doves. My husband laughed and started calling me the bee whisperer.
“ What…how? I’m not doing anything”
“ I don’t know, they just show up around you” my husband answered back.
“ Well I could do without the ants, they are so mean” I say
Apparently bees and ants are swarming everywhere like crazy right now. I don’t believe is spraying cancer chemicals everywhere to kill them so we are all just going to have to figure out how to get along.
Happy gardening adventures everyone.