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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Late summer garden

It is still hot here in Arizona and not much you can do in a garden right now. You can still run outside and quickly do something at about 6 o'clock in a morning when it is finally getting a little cooler but other than that there is no time for gardening yet.
During day I am quickly running outside to walk dogs and it is brutal... I am surprised that my garden has survived this summer! We had some wonderful monsoon season rainy days earlier this Month, I wish there would be more! The desert needs it !Well, on a positive note, my roses are starting to bloom again which is a good sign. That mean Fall is almost here with it's moderate temperatures. I can not wait :)Another nice thing is that we got our first harvest of bananas! We planted this small banana bush 3 years ago with intention to give our garden a tropical flair. Well, 1 bush turned into the tree, than another one, and another one... it is very pretty and huge now but the sad thing is each tree dies after producing fruits. Pity ! The good thing is the new one is quickly growing since it is multiplying from the rhizomes. There is still hope we will be lucky to have it for years to come! :)
I did some canning (yes, I thought of my friends & family, the jam is a lovely Holiday gift) and finally digged out the spring bulbs of freesias, hyacinth and paperwhites. It is time to dry them and prepare for the Fall storing!

8 comments:

Sasha and Veronika said...

Lovely post! I'm surprised to see bananas in AR! :) The canning jars looks very yummy :)
Here in NJ, we also, had very dry and high heat summer, not as hot as your though :) We expect some organic Sugar baby watermelons soon :)

Arctida said...

Cool bananas harvest :) We had tones of mushrooms and berries this year but I only took pictures of them, no canning :( You kicked my #¤%& in that department :)

Katrinshine said...

Interesting post! Very beautiful rose!

daimblond said...

so lovely dogs! :)

SocksAndMittens said...

Thank you, guys! Well, I did not know we have edible mushrooms here but my friend said yesterday they are picking them up everyday, canning them (24 jars already!), making mushroom soup... They live up north but it is still just 2 hours of drive away from us. I just need to go there! with my big buckets :)

IrinaN said...

Great garden! And dogs :))

Dyche Designs said...

Great post and beautiful pictures. We could desperately use some cooler weather and rain here too.

Tom Bjorn Designs said...

Yeah, just got back from home (Israel) and we went to harvest bananas, avocados and grapes :))

Now in Sweden I will go to gather some mashrooms for canning or drying :)