We are oh-so happy that July has arrived in the Midwest with bright, sunny skies!
We really need a little sunshine!
Our weather in June made the record books. It was our cloudiest June in 122 years and the fourth wettest June in Illinois history. Last month our area had eight inches of rainfall (twice the average June rainfall) and some areas south of Chicagoland had fifteen inches of rain. Roads flooded and rivers overflowed their banks. One terrible night, nine devastating tornadoes ripped through rural communities south of Chicago. What a month!
It’s time to look on the bright side of life…
Our gardens here are lush and flourishing!
Let’s take a quick walk through the backyard garden today.
I really wish that we could spend more time enjoying the garden together today.
However, along with the flourishing blossoms,
the mosquitoes are flourishing, too!
They are biting like piranhas and are really attracted to me.
News reports warn that Chicagoland will have the second largest mosquito population
in the United States this summer.
(Only Atlanta is predicted to have more mosquitoes than us.)
This week, as new broods of mosquitoes hatch, they are chasing me from the garden.
In midday, I wear long sleeves, long jeans, a hat, and garden gloves,
but still get bitten, and my face is covered with bites.
The brief moments that I take off my garden gloves to take photos,
my hands are covered with bites.
In addition to the discomfort, the bites can be dangerous.
Mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus and Chikungunya, a newer mosquito-borne virus.
It’s important to empty the standing water
from birdbaths and bee baths in the garden.
A green approach to keeping mosquitoes away includes planting
The Basil and Lemon Balm in our Herb Garden are said to repel insects, too.
I’m afraid that insect repellent
will be a necessary item on our shopping list.
I still dream of lingering in the garden on summer afternoons.
Yet this is becoming a very challenging gardening season!
Hope you can share some helpful ideas with us…