An unusual "superpower" is as the center of Aimee Bender's "Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake," in which 9-year-old Rose discovers she can "taste" the true emotions of people through the food that they cook.
Is it just me, or does this summer seem hotter than usual? Maybe I just cannot take the heat as well as I used to. With temperatures bumping the 100 degree mark in recent weeks, it's been tough on those of us who like working in our landscapes and gardens.
After a burst of spring flowers, summer can be a little drab. Summer-flowering shrubs, though, can keep a lot of color in the landscape and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. With just a little planning and planting, they'll help keep the garden attractive all summer.
As a lover of grass (turfgrass that is), I have thoroughly enjoyed my fescue lawn this spring and early summer. The ample winter and spring rains had my fescue lawn and many others looking as good as ever. Other than battling some clover, its been a great year for fescue.
Often, I find myself thinking of the wisdom of my daddy. His observations and experiences continue to guide me daily, 11 years after his departure from what he sometimes called, "this ol' vale of tears and sorrow."
Those tiny vegetable transplants and seeds you planted early this spring should now be coming on strong. Soon they'll be burdened with a bounty of fresh produce. Don't jeopardize the fruits of your garden labor. Trellis those vegetables before it's too late.