Well here in southern Ontario we were tricked a couple of weeks ago into thinking summer was taking a quick exit. But then, as soon as we took our pool down before it got too cold which makes it difficult to dry out completely, the hot blast of summer was upon us yet again! I'm not complaining, I enjoy the warmth while it's here, but I've been spending lots of time outdoors and not getting onto the computer too much. The past two weeks have been up in the high 20C and low 30C, and last week was brutally humid on top of that (I am complaining a bit about the humidity!!). I thought we had turned off the air-conditioning for god, but last night I walked into the house after running some errands and it was hot and still, so I flicked it back on for a comfortable night's sleep. I'd love to sleep with my windows open, but since we're in a bungalow, I feel safer with them closed at night.
The garden flowers are dwindling now, not a whole lot blooming in the front garden at all. But in the back gardens, there's still some colour surrounding the patio, which I quite like. This garden is getting a little crowded, so I think next year I'll have to thin out a few things.
The creeping thyme really did well in the small tin planter. Still considering planting this somewhere in my front lawn to take over the grass. I didn't see it flower, but the tag said it should ... maybe in the spring? It looks really cute with the rudbeckia bending over it.
I have a lot more plants in pots this summer, and they've all done well. It's going to be rather crowded in my kitchen with plants over the winter!
Cheerful, sunny rudbeckia!
This just reminds of something from Whoville.
Pond garden a little like a jungle now too. The columbine look great even though they suffered a bit from the heat. I trimmed them back and now they're taking over this space ... as is the grass!
My son restocked this pond with shebunkins earlier in the summer, but every fish except for one died within a couple of weeks. It was very frustrating, but the store we were buying them from said the same thing was happening to their fish. We ended up with just one lonely fish. Then a week ago I noticed there were two tiny little babies in there! So exciting. One of the fish that died must have had babies before she died, and these two little guppies survived. They've already grown quite a bit, but impossible to catch on the camera ... here's the adult fish through the netting.
Weigelia still blooming ... and so is my lavender in the front garden.
I think this could be my last miniature rose of summer.
So, yeah, if summer wants to hang on a little longer ... I'm happy with that for now ;)
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