Garden Gab, week 21….a cool down, a loss and a nursery rhyme

Mary Mary quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row,
And pretty maids all in a row.

That’s how the nursery rhyme goes, however I was disturbed when I looked up the meaning of the rhyme. It’s about Queen Mary, torture and executions.

While torture would accurately describe the weather here in Texas the last month or so, it does not really describe gardening at all does it?

Or maybe it does.

No, No, No…..I love gardening. I love the beautiful green plants. I love planting a seed and watching it grow into a beautiful plant. I love knowing I am growing things that help to feed my family and friends.

Bugs and heat be damned, I love gardening.


My garden is doing well……..

The okra is blooming and blooming. I’ve got tons of little okra-ettes.

The new bean plants are doing very well, green and blooming and lovely.

My mint is surviving the heat.

The carrots are still growing.

I lost my green pepper plant to the extreme heat, but the Hot peppers are doing well.

Strawberrytopia is still expanding. I think the strawberries would be happy to take over the entire raised garden! They don’t produce many strawberries, but they sure do spread quickly.

The squash seedlings are still surviving the heat. I failed to take a picture of them though.

Speaking of heat, it got cooler Thursday. The wind blew. It felt nicer outside.

It smelled like rain.

Best. Smell. Ever.

It did not rain, but it was noticeably cooler. The 102+ degree heat we’ve been experiencing is brutal, so any coolness is exciting to me.

How is your garden growing?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll be back on Monday!



  1. Your garden looks like it’s coming along fabulously. Sorry about the green pepper loss.

    • Thanks! It’s the heat. Next year the peppers will do better. 🙂

  2. Thank god for okra right. I think the heat killed the last of our tomatoes. Looks like your garden is doing great all things considered.

    • It is surviving. It’s getting a lot of water. 🙂 I’m sorry you lost your tomatoes. Bummer. 😦

  3. Lots of the old English nursery rhymes are a bit creepy when you look at them (Ring a Ring of Roses is about the plague for example)! The garden is looking fab, must take a few snaps of mine. Love the okra-ettes 🙂 Have a fab weekend yourself!

    • I know. Creepy

      ashes…ashes we all fall down.

      So strange.

      My okra-ettes thank you for the support! 🙂

  4. Ours is not growing well, except for the tomatoes. The Midwest got a bum deal this summer. June was cold (like hats to soccer camp cold) and wet which killed a lot of plants and than it got stupid, Texas like hot for two-three weeks with no rain at all. Now for the last 3 weeks we have gotten record rainfall. My poor garden is a mess.

    • It’s been a crazy, crazy summer. I’m in Texas and it’s been a scorcher this summer. I’m sorry to hear that your garden is struggling. I hope we both have much better luck next season.

  5. I see my rain dance did not work! I planted 20 strawberry runners and they have multiplied like crazy. We get the odd strawberry as I think the tortoise snacks on them 🙂

    • Tandy, your rain dance did work some. It rained a bit on Saturday. Keep dancing. We still need rain.

  6. The hot peppers love the heat and not only that, but they are even spicier after a heat spell!

    • I do not doubt that at all. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment.

  7. Janice

    Yeah, my garden is struggling some too. Lost a couple of plants. I have other plants but they haven’t produced any fruit or veggies yet but my little jalepeno plant sprouted 2 peppers. I’m looking into doing raised garden beds next year….

    • Ugh it’s the heat. Hardly anything can survive. 🙂 Next season, hopefully, it will be cooler.


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