It’s the height of summer here.
Endless sunny days.
And because we had all those wonderful
Badly needed rainy days.
The humidity is back
So what’s a gardener to do.
This time of the year is basically for maintenance.
Deadheading and weeding and watering are the order of most days.
I love it because it can all be done in little snippets of time.
But there is one more activity for high summer.
For some reason I don’t bring a lot of flowers into my house.
I have a few here and there
But mostly we enjoy them from the inside of the house
Or on the morning garden walk.
So it’s great fun
When I have a reason to make flower arrangements.
Friday night was just such a reason.
We were one of several host couples
For a shower for our minister Andrew
And his bride to be Katie.
Now it’s too hot to have the party in my garden
So it was held at a local lodge.
Decades ago it was part of an amusement park
And has been lovingly restored.
So along with chamber music
Including crab claws In honor of Andrew’s Maryland roots
Family from home
And local friends
We needed flower arrangements
And lots of them – 26 to be exact.
First order of business
Find 26 vases.
I’m embarrassed to say that 25 of them
Were alive and well living in my garden house!
The schedule went like this.
Weekend before dig out all the vases
And wash them
Tuesday the vases were taped with cross hatch pattern
To hold the flowers in place.
It was also the day to cut Euonymous.
They last for days if you sear the end as soon as you cut it
And let them rest in buckets of water up to their necks.
Wednesday morning Linda came to help with the harvest.
We cut buckets of Phlox, Purple Coneflower, Dahlia & Dusty Miller
We added bits of White Balloon Flower, Veronica Spicata, Hellebore leaves and blooms.
Linda and Virginia each cut a bucket of Zinnias – one fuchsia and one pale pink.
I even used the blooms on the radishes that should have been pulled long ago.
Wednesday night the arranging began.
Linda, David, Mary and Gay came on Friday morning to complete the arranging
And haul it all to the lodge.
It takes a village!
Friday was a warm evening.
Not just the temperature.
But the people, the place and the occasion.
There’s something wonderful about small towns.
When I looked around the room
There were people I had known for decades.
We have raised our children together.
We have buried our parents together.
We have thrown a million wedding and baby showers together.
We have welcomed newcomers together.
Those newcomers have become new friends.
What is there to do in a garden
In the mid- summer heat?
Photo Credit David Meara