When it’s hot outside, I want to be in the garden. I find it challenging to sit in my office writing articles or producing radio shows when nature beckons me to be nurturing the earth. In summer I spend several hours of every single day digging in the dirt whether it’s early in the morning or after dusk because my chores are never finished. My gardening wardrobe usually consists of my bathing suit and shorts allowing me a quick cool down with a spray from the garden hose. As my daughter was working in her garden in her bikini she telephoned to declare that she was carrying on our family tradition. “I realize I come from a long line of bikini gardeners, “ she giggled. I thought of titling my next gardening book, The Bikini Gardener, but then perhaps readers would expect to see beautiful bikini clad bodies instead of gorgeous gardens. I promise not to be photographed!
Baby, it’s hot outside and we gardeners have work to do. We have to be water conscious, yet we see the bare spots in our landscape and yearn to make our personal paradise a more beautiful place. What are our options?
Planting annuals and perennials offer the answers to filling in those areas that just never seem to seed well. Between the turkeys, deer, and raccoons, our landscapes have many hurdles to overcome and I’m determined to continue to find ways to succeed.
Here are a few of my favorite recommendations for adding sparkle, individuality, and excitement without the extra water and work this season.
I’m grateful for the summer and for the heat, so I’m signing off to go play in my backyard in my bikini. Stay cool and enjoy your July family festivities.
Happy Gardening and Happy Growing.
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