Yesterday it was 99 degrees here and I wanted to get out this morning to take some photos before I lost my sweet peas to the heat. Right now I have hollyhocks, sweet peas, lavender, and sunflowers. I have sunflowers blooming and some just sprouting, so I hope to have them all summer (as long as I remember to water them!) My three lavender plants all survived last summer's heat and it was DREADFUL here last summer...some days were 120 and 122 degrees! Ugh.
I am constantly amazed at the hollyhocks. I tried them last year and only got 3 plants. This year those 3 (which survived over the summer because I DID remember to water them every day!) are still with me and 4 more! I have white, light pink, dark pink, and 2 more that haven't opened up yet.
My sweet peas are AMAZING this year. Last year they got zapped EARLY with triple digit temps, but I just checked them and they all survived yesterday's heat.
The sunflowers just do their thing...grow and smile.
You know, it IS so relaxing just to go outside and marvel at this beauty. I have finches and sparrows and verdin who now come to visit the sunflowers. Bees come to the lavender and hollyhocks. I set up 2 chairs to just sit and watch the birds, bees, and hummingbirds. I seem to be down to just one male hummingbird right now. There were 3 that over-summered here and were here, but they seem to have moved on. This one is content to stay.
We have such a short spring here before the triple digit temperatures hit. I am really enjoying watching everything right now!