This has been a very unusual growing season. Very wet and cool in the spring followed by an exceptionally hot and dry July. The Japanese Beetles are fierce and their feeding frenzy appears to be endless. Fortunately other than a few Lily Beetles in early spring, the garden is blissfully free of these shocking red tormentors.
It has been very hard on my tomatoes. Not nearly the crops of last year. In fact one of the plants looks as if it is packing it in for the season - at least 2 months ahead of schedule. And, the squirrels have decided that they also need a little more lycopene in their diet - photo evidence below:
I wish I was there when he started to eat it. I would have made him finish the whole thing.
Old-time and cornerstone of the garden phlox looks pretty horrid. Just didn't get what it needed, when it needed it:
Fortunately there is still enough good left for the pollinators. Let me show you some of the un-shambly bits: The cold wet spring and hot has made for a good show of the Hemerocallis. 'Kwanza' is still looking pretty.
Another one or two from the Bobcaygeon breeder.
An oldie but goodie 'Frans Hals' - notice how much dead there is on the leaves from the lack of rain.
I suctioned off the raindrops off this blossom and placed them carefully on the soil.
The eggplant is exceptionally happy - saw a nice little baby beneath a flower.
These seed heads are a sign that summer is moving right along. And, the come-with-the-hosta - last week in full bloom - this week just sad stems waiting to be cut down.