But enough about the weather. The weather is monotonous and boring and will be the same every day for awhile.
Welcome, August! Hot, hot, hot, hot August.
I've got some passalong hostas that truly deserve the common name August Lily because they actually bloom in August. They also have a nice scent, the kind of scent that hangs in the hot air so you can't miss it.
In August, we start to see that some seedheads and berries can be just as pretty as the flowers that came before them.
These are the seedheads on my shrub clematis, Clematis integrefolia 'Alba'. I think they are pretty, even though they aren't flowers.
In August I should finally get to harvest more tomatoes and corn. Perhaps the vegetable garden didn't get the memo about the change of month, because most of the harvest this evening was squash (again).
I can explain that big club of squash on the left next to the trug... well, I can't really explain it, but I have some theories about it. It was just way down by the ground and I guess I didn't see it or the garden fairies were hiding it from me so they could get a good laugh when I finally found it. I think that one is even too big for bread making, and too heavy for me to lug it into work and try to pawn it off on someone.
So it will return to the garden later as compost, an honorable and fitting way to dispose of enormous squash.
The little squash I sliced up and am marinating to eat later.
I saw the rabbit in the garden this evening. He saw me. He casually sauntered off as if to say, "It's your time in the garden now, I'll come back later". He knew I wouldn't chase him on a hot August evening, so he took his time. It appears as though he hasn't eaten any more tomatoes, nor has he tried to eat the tomatoes in the trap. Like I've stated before, he can stay as long as I get my fair share, which is most of the produce.
And a reminder to my family. Don't forget to flip to the next month in your hoe calendars. I don't want to visit and find your calendar still showing July, or June, or any previous months. The hoe of the month for August is a real beauty, you won't want to miss it!
And for everyone else who didn't get a limited edition family hoe calendar from me this year, here's the hoe for August:
Happy Dog Days of Summer!