Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Dog Days

The hot, humid weather of dog days plays havoc with my carefully planned flower beds. The saving grace is that the grass is green from occasional showers of rain. When the grass seed heads are clipped off and weeds mown down, the garden looks neat despite my lack of attention during sultry afternoons.

What are dog days without a dog?

The picture above has dried seed heads of Black eyed Susans.

Shady spots still boast a few BES.


Butterflies and Zinnias enjoy hot sunny days.




I planted Lantana montevidensis and lilies; 
Melampodium and Tithonia planted themselves.


A Gulf Fritillary enjoys Tithonia.


Licorice Plant and Persian Shield are good companions.


Buffy still enjoys a romp with her Teddy but there isn't much left of Teddy.
He lost all his stuffing, his limbs and most of his head. 

Flowers and text are from the garden of Nell Jean at http://www.blogger.com/www.seedscatterer.blogspot.com in the hot, humid depths of Southwest Georgia USA. Join us in a glass of iced Ruby Tea, dark and barely sweet.

20 comments:

  1. I love your use of the purple foliage.

    Cute Buffy. Glad to know it was a STUFFED animal and not another kind!

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  2. I think plants really prove their worth during the dog days of summer, don't you? I love how my lantana laughs off the heat. Melampodium is a star later in the year :-)

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  3. Don't you love it when blossoms plant themselves? I do. Of course, sometimes I move them around a bit when it's still Spring.

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  4. My plants are being tested this year for sure. Great independent plants featured here. You just can't beat zinnias.

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  5. Poor, poor Teddy. He has been SERIOUSLY maimed. I think we should have a moment of silence :(

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  6. I've been away from blogging for a while. It's nice to see Buffy again and I see that Teddy is a faithful friend to Buffy.

    I had promised myself in the spring that I'd plant Persian Shield. It never happened, so it's good to see yours.

    donna

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  7. Nell, we are having the same terrible weather here.

    Nothing bears a closeup inspection...then there are the Japanese Beetles.

    Even the trustworthy rudbeckias and heliopsis have about given up.

    Not the lovely ss melampodiums though and ss vincas. Nothing seems to bother these old standbys. I believe your melampodiums are much taller than mine.

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  8. It looks like you've got lots of blooms going on during these dog days...and, they really are the "dog days." Hope you're getting some rain!

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  9. I love your interpretation of dog days -- with Buffy as the star dog. -Jean

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  10. Hi Nell Jean,
    I'm glad I enlarged the first photo, and saw the smile on Buffy's face. That was awesome. You can tell he's a happy dog, enjoying the dog days of summer. I think we're going to have some more of them, too.

    We've had about 6 inches of rain above the normal, but it's also been hot. The rabbits have been bad, and most of the vegetable crops that have survived are late. I guess some of them were late getting planted because of the weather.

    My tithonias did not plant themselves. I wonder if it's because I'm in zone 5 and the winter is cold. I did plant some more, and haven't gotten them thinned. They are about 8 inches tall, so I better be doing it.

    Your blooms are looking great. I like the layout of your new template, too.

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  11. Nell Jean, I am amazed how resilient many plants are to the brutality of this year's dog days. Like you, I find that if we keep the grassy areas neat (we don't have 'real' lawn, mainly clover and weeds) my garden doesn't look too bad. Yours looks great! Pam x

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  12. I'm always thrilled to find flowers that will hold up during the toughest parts of the summer. Yours seem to be doing beautifully. Had to giggle at Buffy's picture (so cute) and nearly dead toy. My dog has a stuffed moose that hasn't looked like a moose in quite some time but he's still the favorite chew toy. Hope you're having a nice weekend.

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  13. We have had about 20" of rain, and more coming. It is o.k., much better than drought, but it is still hot!

    I love your flowers. I just can't wait for September to cool us down enough to enjoy the garden again.

    Again, I cannot see the picture of Buffy and Teddy. My PJ used to keep a stuffed toy. She would keep it for a long, long time, then one day I would find that she had killed it. I often wondered if she planned to kill it all along, or if it was just a spontaneous crime. Too bad puppy dogs can't talk.

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  14. Hot, humid, dog days are heavy upon us! Thank goodness for BES are many of us would be without flowers! Buffy is a cutie pie pup! gail

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  15. Dog Days of Summer indeed... You need to take Buffy's Teddy to the doctor for a rehab :-)

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  16. AWWWW! Buffy is having a good day! She's beautiful! I like your blooms...the zinnias are gorgeous. My lantana are not performing well this year, for some reason. The foliage is fine but the blooms aren't as full this year. ?!?! It definitely is hot.

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  17. I don't think there's a chance I'll end up with an armadillo in my havahart trap, but years ago we did find a skunk. I won't go into details as to how that story ended. lol

    I just luv seeing pictures of Buffy.

    donna

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  18. I LOVE the action shot with Buffy running in the background!! (Great spin on 'dog days'!)

    I splurged on Licorice Plant ("icicles") and Persian Shield this summer... what an excellent combo ... and thriving in the heat! (will have to repeat next year) -Shyrlene

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  19. what a darling dog baby you have! I've never visited your blog before, you visited me on blotanical a while back. I will definitely be back. Thanks!

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  20. Despite dog days your garden looks lovely.

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