Here is the seawall garden, freshly weeded and looking its best, compliments of a dear friend visiting from the northeast.
This tenacious weeder and I spent two and half days working from the pointy end to the far fence, wrangling out weeds and the invading roots of our St. Augustine lawn.
I fear it's a no-win situation with that grass - it can't believe its not welcome.
Twelve inches down we found fat healthy runners and pulled up five foot lengths!
(That little strip of metal edging is not a barrier of any sort.)
But we had a great time, taking breaks in the pool, working through rain and baking humidity - the kind of activity only real garden nuts enjoy!
The purple day lilies have taken over from the peach and yellow varieties.
Up close they look like watercolors, right down to the crenelations between the colors.
Also in a lavender shade and just beginning to show are the liatris.
These native perennials are sometimes called Blazing Star or Gayfeather.
The big surprise was the number of rampant kitchen garden volunteers that seemed to spring up overnight.
This zucchini set root between the chives.
I pulled another that was overwhelming the tomato cages.
All the rain and mild temperatures have created a perfect zucchini environment.
This squash vine was tangled up with volunteer tomatoes and zucchini plants, all crowning the compost heap.
And the best surprise was this big fella, cascading over the stone wall in the east corner garden.
When we pulled back the leaves we found a pumpkin!
Surprising because I've never tried to grow pumpkins or even compost Halloween pumpkins.
The rains came and went, and the water was rough, but we did manage a boat ride. We hadn't seen the house from the water for a long time. It's so nice to be surrounded by moisture after all the dry months. The plants feel the same way!
Happy gardening, friends!