Gardening in Florida in the middle of summer is a real challenge. With daytime temps in the 90's and heat index at 100+ most days, who wants to go outside and "play" in the garden? Even if you wait until the evening, between the mosquitoes and humidity you're fighting a losing battle.
Our daily summer rainy season is here and with that brings weeds on steroids~ they pop up over night and are already a foot tall! "Volunteer" vines come to life and grow anywhere and everywhere. Even my lovely wedelia ground cover has gone crazy and shot up a couple feet since Spring.
I don't know what other Florida gardeners do, but this gardener chooses NOT to garden during the month of August. I'll admit it ~ I'm a wimp when it comes to the heat. I don't mind getting sweaty and dirty, I just don't want to pass out in the heat!
My back yard is so overgrown I think there may be wild animals hiding out in the jungle like vegetation. Try as I might to avoid looking at the problem, there are times when I actually have to outside and I just want to cringe. I'd be sooo embarrassed if someone were to come to see my garden now. Any other time of the year you're more than welcome to visit ~ just not the summer. I did take my pruners outside this weekend for a couple quick five minute trips to get some of the wild growth in the front beds under control. The least I can do is try to keep the front beds somewhat controlled since those are the ones visible to the passing public.
Since I love to share my garden with fellow garden lovers, here are a few pics of my garden BEFORE the jungle took over. It takes all my will power not to grab the pruners and hit the back yard right now.
Have a blessed week friends. Hugs ~ Mary
"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is Good.
His love endures forever."