Favorite Thing Friday: Bright Orange!

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After weeks of waiting, my baby nasturtiums finally started blooming. One morning I woke up and found a bright orange flower showing the rest how it’s done!

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A little nasturtium blooms!

My other three nasturtium plants continue to grow, but they have yet to produce a bud. I’m hoping all they need is a little more time. However, the intense heat of summer is making it tough for my plants to survive, much less grow. On average temperatures are around 108 degrees, which is a little overwhelming for delicate flowers. Still, if one can bloom then so can the others!

Despite some luck on the plant rack, the vegetable garden is struggling. Between super hot weather and “empty” soil, everything is fighting to survive. Whatever isn’t  struggling to live is getting attacked by blackbirds. My poor tomatoes keep getting gutted before I can pick them. This weekend, we’ll be investing in some wire caging.

On the up side, my bell pepper plant from last year is blooming and is likely strong enough to produce more peppers. I seriously cannot wait for that happen!

Another positive is a recent growth spurt on the snap beans. I’m being cautiously optimistic as they usually don’t hold up to extreme heat very well.  I’m hoping a little extra water will pull them through!

The garden may be growing slowly, but every little bloom is reason celebrate!

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2014