The Wilted and the Wonderful

cafe au lait dahlia

Happy Saturday!  This week flew by faster than usual around here. There is a lot happening in the garden and sadly, it’s not all good news. The persistent heat and lack of rain have wreaked havoc on much of the garden, but this season of sweat and tears has also brought forth extraordinary beauty. Like much of life, it’s the good and the bad all mixed together.

Let’s begin with the bad. What was otherwise a hearty little crop of arugula is now plagued by heat damage — do you see the white spots?

heat arugula

I think we can now officially call these dead beets. It’s time to pull them out and add something else.  Any suggestions?

dead beets

Who exactly says persistence pays off? Pulling up failed cucumber batch number two, it just wasn’t my year for cucumbers.


Moving on to the good news. These Thai peppers are ready for the dehydrator, it’s a great way to make them last for a few months.

thai peppers

These brassicas are hunky-dory — yes, I had to check the urban dictionary to find out how to spell that word correctly.


The loveliest thing is happening in my garden right now, my Café au Lait Dahlias are exploding.


I planted a row of ten, all the same. Café au Lait are my absolute favorite dahlias, why mess around with any others? It’s a burst of one long row of dusty pink perfection.

cafe au lait dahlias

cafe au lait

This one is more yellow that the others but no less fabulous.  See how the back petals are pink?

garden flowers

It’s supposed to be another scorcher next week. If all else fails (brassicas, don’t let me down!) at least I have these beauties to comfort me as I melt or turn to dust. It could go either way.

cafe au lait



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5 thoughts on “The Wilted and the Wonderful”

If you’re planting the cucumbers in the same place each time, it could be something (a blight or bug) in the soil from a previous planting. Try rotating them to another area next year, and see what happens. Also, be sure to dispose of all of the dead material at the end of each growth period and consider ammending (adding nutrients to) that particular soil with fresh soil and organic matter so that other plants will have a better chance of doing well there in the future. Good luck!

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