Like much of the country, last week was hot and humid, with nearly every day in the 90s: it was hazy, still, and repressive. On Friday it reached 100 degrees. By Saturday I had almost lost the will to live, but on Sunday we woke up to a “cool” and clear morning in the 70s, and this week is forecast with more typical New England summer weather. I’m not really a summer person anyway and triple H weather generally drives me inside, but as it was an event-filled week and I was determined to save my garden (every single day the weather report indicated “chance of thunderstorms” but there was not a single drop of rain all week) I spent considerable time outside. What got me through the week: a bedroom air conditioner, garden hoses, sunscreen, bug spray, soft Splendid tee shirts, Witch Hazel, gin & tonics, tents (see below), movie theaters, the Accuweather extended forecast which gave me hope for the future.
With daily watering, the garden survived, despite this bug, which is eating a lot of the larger-leaved plants. Fewer slugs, though, and my lacecap hydrangea has bloomed for the first time in years.
Our summer camp at Winter Island, a very packed harbor, and the reenacting Redcoats’ camp at Derby Wharf early Sunday morning.
July 22nd, 2013 at 8:07 am
Your post reminded me that I saw a bunch of eggs on one of our house plants and I need to clean them off before whatever hatches and eats the plant!
July 22nd, 2013 at 8:49 am
Looks like red lily beetle to me – lovely pics. bit of a heatwave over here too.
July 22nd, 2013 at 9:35 am
I wonder sometimes if we planted a garden just for the bugs, would they leave our other one alone?
July 24th, 2013 at 12:08 pm
lovely pictures. I hate too hot. Far too depleting.