We are finally getting rain this evening. It started rumbling around 6:00 P.M. and has rained off and on since then. It seems to be getting a little more serious about it now. I just puttered around the garden today, watering and fertilizing the container plants. The tomatoes are starting to get to the "to many at once" stage, so I need to find someone to take them off my hands, or get out the canner kettle. The pickles, beets, and green peppers are still going strong despite the lack of moisture. I think I will plant some potatoes and some more beets this next week.
I planted this "Tiger Eye" sumac this spring. I bought it last fall on a clearance and did not get it planted. It over wintered in the garden, and the rabbits pruned it almost beyond recognition. I didn't have much hope for it, but it has done very well. It looks especially good next to the tri-color beech. I was a little concerned that it would get to large for this area, but read somewhere that you can just trim out the largest branches, and it should stay at a manageable size. It really looks good with purple, so I have planted coral bells, and "Red Emperor" sedum next to it.
It is supposed to rain all day tomorrow, and then get very hot again this week. I'm hoping that we get enough rain that I won't have to drag hoses around all week.