I have been trying to stay on top of the garden this year as the heat sets in and the spring flowers begin to fade. This is the time my attention usually starts to wain and my enthusiasm begins to wither.
My hope is to keep it tidy enough that the few die hard flowers that perform well in our intense summer heat will not feel like cast offs...a mere after thought, but instead will stand tall like troopers holding down the fort until fall's cooler weather appears.
I've been cutting roses like mad so that their beauty can be enjoyed inside for a few days instead of burning up in the afternoon sun. I have also been trying to save more seeds from my favorite spring annuals for planting in the fall and for giving away to friends.
We are so lucky in Southern California to have 10 solid months of prime gardening with only August and September leaving much to be desired with their 100 plus weather. What about you? Do you garden all summer or do you give up the ghost so to speak when the heat kicks in?