Friday Quiet Days

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Fridays usually are “quiet days” in my weekly schedule, set aside to be still and know God, whether in my garden or my library. This year, however, near constant triple digits have burnt up my perennials and even ornamental trees, leaving me feeling helpless. Only the herbs put up with the dry oven-like heat, especially the sage . . .

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. . . Italian parsley with its wide flat leaves . . .

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. . . and French thyme, albeit a bit scraggly.

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Chives sometimes rebloom following a cooling spell.

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Lavender keeps the bees happy . . .

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. . . and the Russian sage, too. I’ve grown quite fond of these billowing bushes that thrive in this desert climate of Eastern Washington state.

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What’s surviving/thriving in your mid-summer garden this year?


Celebrating just over fifty years of holy matrimony, I am blessed to be a mother of two and grandmother of seven. Much of my writing speaks to the culture and tradition of the Deep South, where I spent the first thirty-five years of my life before relocating to the Pacific Northwest. As a poet and essayist, I’ve published both online and in print media. I launched this INVITATION TO THE GARDEN blog the summer of 2017 on I look forward to hearing your stories, too!

2 thoughts on “Friday Quiet Days”

  1. Everything is thriving, but then we haven’t had as much heat as you have in the west, and tons of rain! My vinca sometimes looks a bit draggy from the heat, but has revived, and I’m still eating lettuce from the garden. The grass is as green as springtime.

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  2. The heat has gotten to several of our plants, most noticeably our lilac Bush and a dwarf Japanese Barberry. Thank goodness my veggie plants seem to be okay, although not producing much. You still have some lovely flowers, though!


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