Friday, June 3, 2011

Only Mad Dogs And Englishmen


There's an expression :
"Only Mad Dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid day sun."

Guess what is taking place in the mid day sun around our house........landscaping !
I know, I know, worst time of the year to start planting new shrubs, especially since we now have to water them all summer long.
Bad planning.

We dug up the old shrubs and left the mulch in place, thinking we would have plenty of time in the early spring.
Well time got away from us, and now the First Sergeant has decided to plant.
It's been in the mid nineties for the past two weeks, the cicadas are still buzzing at the top of their lungs, and there's no rain in sight.
Keep us in your thoughts :)

22 comments:

Ed said...

LOL! I have that song on my I-Pod..:-)

Sharon said...

Not English, so I must be a mad dog. Yep, dry as dust out there and my plants were hanging. We certainly could use a shower or two, just not a flood!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Jo, you have such a lovely home!! The landscaping is just going to make it that much beautiful! We've no rain in sight here either, and tonight I dipped into my rain barrel for the first time to water, I hope we both get a soaker soon!

karena said...

Good lord...you're brave. I hope the watering brigade is going to be helping out in this heat...and the mosquitoes are about to come out in full force now...so early watering will be a challenge. I give you a lot of credit...it's tough work moving stuff in this heat. Wishing you and your plant material well. And BTW your ferns on the porch are outstanding...might they be Kimberly ferns?

Mama-Bug said...

I know the feeling Jo. My little garden is really suffering in this heat. We've hit 100 quite a bit the past couple of weeks. We've not seen rain in a very long time.

Vicki said...

Hi,

Oh I SO get it! We have had so much rain here and now it is hot hot as you said! Be careful in the heat and have a great weekend! You always have such beautfil photos...

DJan said...

Oh my, and w almost made it into the 70s for the first time since last October. Tomorrow we will reach 70 degrees! Amazing the difference in temperatures around the country, isn't it?

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

Oh, man, I feel for y'all, especially since your weather will be ours a day later. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate....heat stress is nothing to fool with.

Pierre BOYER said...

Lovely page...
Greetings from france,

Pierre

donna baker said...

From deluges to heat and dry. Thought that was just in OKLAHOMA. Bet it will all be beautiful. Just water water water that first year.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I've never heard that expression - love it! Good luck in the heat :) I do love the sounds of the cicadas XOL

Barbara Anne said...

We did the same thing two years ago, but the plants made it and so did we. Now we're enjoying the fragrance of gardenias as we put 4 gardenia plants on two sides of our porch. That sweet, lovely fragrance says summer in the South to me!

The one good thing about planting around the house is that there is usually a hose and faucet right at hand to make the watering easy. It's those things you plant further out in the yard that are a real watering hassle.

Hugs!

Paul said...

Good luck with your gardening! Floridians laugh at me (an Englishman) for going out in the hot sun. Gradually I am learning that I have to do a lot of outdoor things here in the morning or evening, now that Summer's here and it's getting very hot! I am off out to mow the lawn now while the temp is still only in the 70s F!

Paul
http://fromsheeptoalligators.blogspot.com/

Sandra said...

we have the same thing here, under fire alert all over the state and 4 fires burning, we need rain and it is dry and HOT, upper 90's every day, but it does go down to 72 at night which helps. dog days of summer. i have heard the mad dogs and englishman many times

Stacy said...

Spring didn't get away from you... you probably just blinked. I think it was only one weekend. I remember it was 90 on Thursday... then in the 70s on that Saturday and Sunday (Glorious!) and immediately back to SUMMER!

We made the mistake of moving four azeleas last year on a 100 degree day. They survived but were clearly stressed. After this years few blooms had faded we pruned them back and shaped them a bit and they're looking much better!

Drink lots of water and rest often! No need to rush it!

Banker Chick said...

You have a beautiful blog. I just love the pictures. I have been lurkng for months and finally added you to my reads, so I figured I should comment. I just love your garden.

Barbara said...

Hope they all survive and happy watering. One just has to do things when convenient often even if not the best of times. I am thinking that with all my new technology. Winter time would have been best when I am not wanting to be outside so much.

Love your house and verander.

Katherines Corner said...

giggle, We worked in the garden too. Hugs!

John Gray said...

jo... I would kill my mother, our mother and everyone else's mother to live in that house its absolutely beautiful!
x

Deanna said...

....thinking about you!
d

L. D. Burgus said...

The sound of cicadas and heat are a childhood memory of mine. I guess the hatch better when it is really hot.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Jo, what a beautiful home you have and I LOVE your front porch! Oh to have a porch that big...maybe one day. It's been hot here too with temperatures in the high 90's and triple digits...coming from the mountains of British Columbia I'm not used to temperatures like these even though I've been here for 11 years! I still got out to water twice a day though. My plants were looking wonderful until last Thursday when we got hail that pounded holes through everything other than the buildings. It could have been worse I guess. Your hubby sounds like mine...seems to pick the hottest days to do outside work. Oh well...you've got to love them. Looking forward to seeing your shrubs all in place. I know it will look lovely. Enjoy your day.
Maura :)