Let’s Garden! The Heat Index Is Only 105!

Hey, I’m only in Austin three evenings a week, so I don’t have a lot of chances to do outdoor activities. Monday it rained. Yesterday I had a phone meeting, so we had time to go buy some plants afterwards but not to do anything with them.

Beautiful blooming oregano plant, new cushions, and my smelly gardenia.

So today, even though it’s 95 degrees out, we repotted and rearranged everything. I was really happy to find huge oregano plant that I can put in the frighteningly sunny part of the deck.

Cheer for the blazing sun area.

I also put a couple plants that are less perky back there, and added happy sun-loving healthy plants to make it look better.

Swing area.

After adding some portulaca I topped it all off with new cushions for our very old chairs that echo the blue bistro set. It was on sale, since summer is in full swing.

Cushions in the hot area.

realized the old cushions weren’t in that bad shape, so I put them on the little chairs outside my bedroom. I sometimes sit there early in the mornings and watch the mist rise. All the plants there came up from last year’s!

Suna’s seating area and free plants. Much basil.

I enjoy our old rotten deck. We don’t want to spend a lot on it, but just a few plants and things we enjoy make it great to look out of. The views and plants really relieve our stress, too.

We got a new hibiscus for the entry. The poor fish is next to where we put the dog poop.

As I look at all my pictures, I’m reminded of my mom. She had a beautiful photo album for my childhood home, showing all the improvements she and Dad did. I guess I like keeping records, too.

Come and visit and sweat a lot.

And indoors

I lost my African violet so I got another couple of small plants for my greenhouse window. I love that window, even if it’s “dated.” I enjoy indoor plants so much. They keep me surrounded by nature!

It’s cheerful to me.

So, tell me about your gardens!

Between my indoor plants and my huge windows, I feel surrounded by trees.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

2 thoughts on “Let’s Garden! The Heat Index Is Only 105!”

  1. We grew cats in our garden window in San Antonio. At least, it seemed that way. We had a few hardy plants in there years ago. Then we got Pericles. Pericles took over one of the pots. And, of course, killed the plant. That was the beginning of when the cats took over the window. Since it was double decker like yours, it comfortably slept four cats, but frequently we’d find more than that in there.

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