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Even though the high temperatures of 2009 stand out in my garden memories, this summer of 2014 will be remembered as a “real” summer. In fact, it is already the hottest summer on record.

It’s been a stellar season for the garden this year. The gardenias bloomed for about 2 months.

Gardenia jasminoides "Kleim's Hardy"

Gardenia jasminoides “Kleim’s Hardy”

The jasmine, weigela, lantana bushes, orange peel jessamine and kerria japonica are still blooming. The flowering quince had a second round of blooms.

Cosmos "Diablo"

Cosmos “Diablo”

The Heptacodium miconoides (Seven Son Flower) and diablo cosmos are just getting going. The sunflowers came and are spent now. I have never seen so many buds on my camellia sasanqua “yuletide”, promising an abundant winter bloom.

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The huckleberry bushes are loaded with berries and they have never been bigger and fatter than they are this year – AND THE BEES!!!!! I don’t remember seeing such a multitude of so many kinds of bees in quite a few years.

All of this would not have happened without the exceptionally warm and sunny summer combined with regular watering.

Now it’s time to harvest those huckleberries, prune and pull a few more weeds once the ground is moist again. Every year I have a vision of a perfectly weeded and pruned garden (in which I also planted legions of bulbs) that is just waiting for me to come back in the spring and plant more. If only I actually got all of that done before the rain and cold come back.

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