Summer is in full swing in Virginia. The hot, humid days are here. I must admit to really not liking the really hot days in the garden. Daily watering is a necessity for pots that quickly dry out when the temperatures soar over 90 degrees. June is in the rear view mirror. We received almost eight inches of rain during that month! Our gardens certainly enjoyed the moisture and I certainly liked not having to water. Along with good things, bad things happen as well. Our city sits along the Rappahannock River. Occasionally when we get so much rain, and rain up stream, the river floods. Last weekend was one of those times.
This is our city parking lot that extends to those crepe myrtles you can see. When we were downtown, the city was towing cars out of this area before the river crested.
To the right of the parking lot you can see the river has encroached behind the Center for Creative Arts. The river is actually in the distance!
Sadly, this garden is flooded as well.
A lot of folks along this street had flooded basements.
And completely flooded gardening sheds!
As well as parks totally underwater.
The water completely covered the street. Thankfully, within a few days the water receded and the cleanup began.
In my own little garden the flowers are enjoying the summer temperatures.
The Balloon flower is a perennial that really likes this spot in the garden.
I do not grow many orange flowers in my garden, but this Kwanza Daylily was given to me years ago and its double blooms are very attractive and quite hardy.
These red daylilies are a favorite of mine. They were a gift from a friend years ago as well.
The vinca in the brick planter is really taking off in the hot weather. Last year we had trailing vinca here and I must say I prefer it to the upright.
This red hibiscus is really old. I bring it inside for winter and of course return it outdoors when all danger of frost leaves our area.
I hope you have a good week ahead and enjoy your Forth of July celebration. Be safe and find JOY in every day! ♥