Lazy Hazy Days of Summer
Not exactly lazy, but don’t lose spirit because the best of Connecticut is before you. Take a moment to enjoy alfresco dinners with friends and family, or steal a quiet moment alone in the garden to contemplate and renew your energy.
In the garden it’s a time to reap the rewards of your efforts. The excessive heat can bring your Hydrangeas to their knees at midday but they will cleverly revive themselves in the cooler evening air, so all is well.
However, the issue at hand is the huge amount of rain Connecticut has experienced combined with excessive heat. This has caused mites, white flies, rust, black spot and all sorts of fungus. I cannot think of a better example than the Dahlia for lasting summer color, but this morning the usually carefree plant needed additional attention to assure its kept beauty! If you brush up against any of your plants and see tiny flies taking to the air, or if you notice discoloration of the green on its leaves - reach for a good organic spray. It can be a matter of life or death (for a plant). Spray early in the morning, on a day with no rain and little breeze.
When it is hot and humid, I favor the effectiveness of hedges, or precisely trimmed evergreens which bring a little order to the garden landscape with their lax flowers in the heat. Sitting outside under my large umbrella, I am reminded it is a perfect time to ‘roll out those lazy, hazy (crazy) days of summer'!