I'm sure you can understand and sympathize when I say I have not enjoyed this summer because of the unbearably hot and humid weather we've had to endure.
I've planted and replanted flower beds and urns two or three times, trying to find some variety of flowering plants that wouldn't cower and shrivel under the relentless rays of the sun.
Some of you may remember the beautiful Bougainvillea I planted in May.
Well, it has been on what I call "death row" for several weeks now, and, I'm sad to say, finally succumbed to the heat yesterday.
After I took that picture, I put it out of its misery and set it out for the trash people to carry away this morning.
The sun-loving Lantana I planted in my urns didn't fare much better ...
And our watermelon Crape Myrtles have suffered, too, producing only a few faded, sparse blooms ...
... in comparison to the profusion of flowers they usually have this time of year.
After digging up and replacing withered flowers a couple of times, I finally decided to just "go green," and bought two large Asparagus Ferns for my urns and some variegated Liriope for the flower bed around our waterfall area.
So far, they're doing well and I hope to keep them healthy enough to be able to save them over the winter.
Ahhh ... doesn't the word "winter" sound wonderful! I'm sure come January, we'll all be wishing for some of this August heat, but wouldn't it be nice if we could have just one winter day in August!