Friday, July 20, 2012

It's Friday

My zinnias are now blooming in the garden in spite of the heat 
and drought and because I water almost daily.  I'm beginning
 to get weary of dragging water hoses around and wonder 
if it's all worth it.  The water bill will be enormous.  How 
about those of you in the dry areas of the country.  Are you
 still watering or giving it up?

This big turtle stopped by the house this week to get a drink of water before moseying on down to the pond.  This summer has been so hot and dry that I feel sorry for
all the animals.  We did get a few tenths of an inch of rain Wednesday night.  I didn't mind being woken up in the wee hours by the sound of thunder.  It sounded good!

I've been watering the veggie garden as well as the
flowers.  We have gathered a few tomatoes although they
are small this year.  The cherry tomatoes are doing well.
How does your garden grow?  

The squash and zucchini are still blooming, but I've only picked a couple.  They weren't very good and the lone cucumber I've picked was bitter.  Like me.  Yes, I have to confess that I've been a bit out of sorts with this crummy weather.  Sorry.  I can't say that every day is a smiley-face day.  Well, okay, most days are good.  My aunt and I braved the heat yesterday and went to our Big City and ate at our favorite Chinese restaurant.  Then we stopped at our favorite resale shop.  We had a great visit.  It was a good day and it looks like it will be a nice weekend.  What are your plans for the weekend?  I hope whatever you plan, it will put a big smile on your face!

Until next time...


  1. bitter like you? i don't think so! :)

    now you know why i don't plant flowers. i have 2 small lantana plants that i water and a patch of moss. otherwise, even the few potted flowers i've had dry up, bake and get eaten by grasshoppers. they even took my trumpet vine this year. UGH!

  2. blogger must be acting weird. 2nd comment i am trying to leave. weird? i love your zinnias. yours are so cheerful in bright pink. we do not water because of crazy community & their water prices. although i would love too. a rain dance every once & a while. but the neighbors start laughing at me so i run inside. ha. ha!!! hope this comment works, fingers crossed. (:

  3. It's hard to remain chipper through thick and thin. Those tomatoes look beautiful! I'm sure the little animals appreciate your watering. Did you take the bitter out of the cucumber?

  4. Oh, I wish rain for you! Your flower is absolutely gorgeous and no, no garden here, but I wish we had! We grew squash one year and it just wasn't good. But that year we had a ton of jalapeños!

    Speaking of rain, we must be getting yours! It has rained here in Florida for two or three weeks some time each day! It has kept our heat down!

  5. After our heat and drought last summer, I didn't even plant flowers this year... so I sure am enjoying yours!! xoxo ~ tanna

  6. You are so right... not everyday can be a smiley-face one. But I must admit I broke out in a big grin when I saw the turtle. Reminded me of my childhood. Enjoy your weekend. My hubby has been gone all week, so I'll be happy to have him home. take care.

  7. Hi Cheryl, OH--how I know how you feel when it comes to watering and trying to 'beat' the weather... We've been there--done that SO MUCH.

    Lately though, we've gotten some rain ---and the grass is even greening up now... Hope our 'drought' is over for now --and hope yours will be over soon.

    Have a nice weekend.

  8. Hi Cheryl, the garden is good, my flowers are blooming with all the water I`m giving them,rather thirsty. Love the picture of the turtle,tomoatos to. Thats a nice outing with your Aunt,Blessings Francine.

  9. Love that pink zinnia! It is so pretty. Love the red red red tomatoes too. And that turtle - that was so awesome. You have a wonderful back yard.


  10. My water bill is going to be awful, too! But I can't just sit back and let every plant in my yard die.

  11. Always love stopping by your blog :]

  12. sounds like a nice visit to the city.
    cute turtle! I don't have a garden yet. :) Your tomatoes look so good!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  13. We are still watering. As I type we are watering. Hope the well holds out. I have a big cranky on Cheryl over this summer heat and drought. Not every day is a smiley-face day here either. NOAA is saying that it could go to Halloween. Please no. I say my rosary every night for rain. I am ready to murder the hoses. Hoses so seem to have their own agenda and isn't about going where I want them to go! My container plants are hanging on but I am about to let them go. We are trying to keep our trees watered. Our burning bushes, dogwood and redbud are fried. I think we will pack a bag and head to Florida where it is cooler! Take care and stay cool Cheryl it going to heat up some more!

  14. i am still watering, primarily because the water bill comes quarterly and i haven't seen it yet!!

    i fear my garden will bare zippo, i am still hopeful for tomatoes!!

    have a great weekend!!

  15. I water almost everyday. My water bill doesn't get to high. In the desert you either water or forget having any kind of yard. The heat does makes me cranky too.

  16. Yes Ma'am, we are still watering the flowers and the teensy garden. Have sprinkler and hose, both out front, and in back. So not so much luggggging of hoses. Ugh. That's difficult.

    Love items which you do have growing!!!

    Glad you had a nice day out!!! Very glad!!! We need a perk-up now and then, especially in miserable weather. :-)

    "I don't ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful."
    ~Pete Hamill

  17. Thankfully we had enough rain to revitalize the grass but my plants are still showing signs of the blistering heat.
    Also, due to the lack of available food, I have been invaded by hungry voles who took out all my cantaloupes. Sigh. I was so looking forward to cantaloupe sorbet this year.

  18. Ugh. We've had to water everyday thanks to a very rain-less season so far. Your veggies look great though! My squash has produced quite a few so far but I'm still waiting on tomatoes..... :)

  19. It has been a tough summer, Cheryl, both for people, animals and plants! I pray you get some much needed rain soon, we are getting some relief from the drought, but not from the heat. Great photos!.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  20. For the most part things are good here. Except for the family arguments about whose house to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yes, insane, I know. Your photos are pretty! We've only had a few zucchini, but a lot of summer squash. And thankfully some rain. Hope you're doing better! Enjoy the weekend.

  21. my zinnias have been blooming but now have gotten the fungus on the leaves and leaves are drying from the I pulled a bunch this a.m. & the rest I will pull soon cuz it rained today and they don't like water on their leaves. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Its hard to keep anything green and alive when its so dry, but I keep tiring.
    Happy weekend to you, Cheryl.

  23. I've done the rain dance all week- until I have scared the neighbors.
    Nothing but that little quarter inch. I'm out of sorts too and hoping for fall, then regretting that I am wishing my life away. I need to remember to feel blessed for every day I wake up- drought or no.

  24. I know exactly how you feel about being tired of dragging the hose every night. We finally got rain a couple of nights ago but tonight I will be at it again.

    Your flowers and plants are all beautiful despite of the heat.

  25. I, too, am tired of having to drag garden hoses, but we've gotten a couple of inches of rain over the past three days, so I have a little reprieve.
    And I have a volunteer zinnia from last year. YAY!
    Be sure to "tune in tomorrow": I have a surprise for you!