Red Hot At Mid-June

Hummingbird Moth on Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm)

Hummingbird Moth on Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm)

A Hummingbird Moth was attracted to the scarlet flowers of Monarda didyma yesterday morning. I did not notice there actually were two moths until I saw the photograph below.

Hummingbird Moth on Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm)

Hummingbird Moth on Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm)

The garden at mid-June is hanging on by a thread, or rather hanging on by a hose. If not for early-morning watering many plants would be crispy and brown, the way the grass is becoming. Fortunately a few things, like Monarda, are tolerant and seem to manage fine.

Rain would help, but with none in sight, heat is the main story this week. Today it is already 95°F/35°C at mid-afternoon. Expected highs on Monday and Tuesday are 98°F/36.6°C and 99°F/37.2°C—unusually severe for this early in the summer.

Alliums are generally short-lived in my garden but this group of Allium Atropurpureum has managed to return for the past couple of years.

Allium Atropurpureum

Allium Atropurpureum

Last night I made an unexpected discovery on the back side of a border, a rabbit nest I think. Never identified much with Mr. McGregor and I will not be running around with a hoe, but I am definitely keeping the little blue velvet jacket if Peter snags it on the fence.

Rabbit Nest

Rabbit Nest

Rabbit Nest

Rabbit Nest

Rabbit Nest

Rabbit Nest

32 thoughts on “Red Hot At Mid-June

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, that’s a good word for it Matt–draining. Being outside early to water has advantages too–nice to enjoy the garden when it’s nice and quiet out.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Jason. I think I’ve seen a darker red in my neighborhood, perhaps Raspberry Wine — very elegant. This one is just the plain old Monarda and it’s hard to plant anything with it that complements that red color.

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  1. Cathy

    The hummingbird moths are magical creatures and you got a good shot there. I shall be running around with my camera to try and capture some of ours again this year… they are so fast! I love the red Monarda flowers but gave up on them here after mildew got them. I hope yours continue to stand up to the hot weather. It’s been scorching here too, but this morning is cooler after an overnight shower.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cathy, the hummingbirds moths are amazing. I’ve enjoyed seeing them on your posts. We don’t come across them often so it’s a treat to catch one up close. Powdery mildew is always a problem with the Monarda here too. That overnight shower sounds wonderful–glad you got a little relief.

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  2. Julie

    Oh Wow Susie, lovely photo of the Hummingbird Hawk Moth, we rarely see one here. You seem very calm about your rabbit nest, do you mind them in your garden? I hope you get some cooler temperatures and rain, that does sounds hot!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Julie. There usually is a rabbit or two each year but this is the first time I’ve seen a nest. Not sure if I should be more worried but am serenely calm so far!

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  3. rickii

    This weather is putting my attempts at xeric gardening to the test. I don’t think I can hold out much longer before dragging out the hoses.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      That’s interesting Malc. It’s been blistering hot here, much earlier than normal. I thought it seemed early to be seeing one, but maybe it’s because of the heat. Good luck this year in spotting them.

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  4. P&B

    Lovely photos and a lovely color Monarda too. I hope the rabbit hasn’t done much damage to your garden. I used to let them hang around on the lawn but since they’re getting too comfortable lately (eat my seedlings on the patio) I started chasing them out.

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  5. Donna@Gardens Eye View

    Oh you will have fun with the rabbits….momma will be nursing at dawn and dusk and the babies will be out and about 4 weeks after birth and then out of the nest 3-4 weeks later…so if you see baby rabbits well keep an eye on them as they like to sample many things. I have lots of clover to satisfy them now so they stay away from the plants.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I”ve left them a little clover so hope they take the hint. Actually saw the mama and a tiny one twice (not sure if it’s the same one or siblings); no sightings in 4-5 days so maybe they moved on. Would be nice…

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