I’m back from my trip and I didn’t get sunburned once! I was also the sunscreen queen and took along one of those lightweight jackets that’s UPF so that I could make my own shade when needed. I probably looked like a feminine unabomber on the beach surrounded by all the people happily crispifying themselves, eh, shrug.
I admit I was very afraid that my garden would be a craptastic mess by the time I got home. My parents promised to water, but 2 weeks before my trip I realized I had a fucking massive spider mite infestation and then literally the day before leaving I found a bunch of stinkbugs in their first instar on my banana pepper plant (AHHHHHHHH). Much squishing commenced as well as diatomaceous earth application.
Anyways, I wasn’t sure what would be when I returned.
Well, happily things are okay. I didn’t get a chance to digging around for more stinkbugs because a massive thunderstorm was rolling in. The good news? None of my tomato plants died off (although the Better Boy is looking pretty shitty after I’ve done a lot of pruning and neem spraying to try to control the mites). Even better? Four of my pepper plants had ripe peppers! I got an Anaheim pepper (it was still green but splitting so I couldn’t leave it to ripen to red), 4 sweet banana peppers, 2 green bell peppers, and 2 glorious red delightful giant Marconi peppers!!!
I love sweet peppers so I’ve been impatiently waiting for these sweeties to start ripening.
On the ornamental front, I’ve finally identified the last plant here from the previous owner (only took me 3 summers, heyyyyyy). Big clump of Japanese anemone plants!!!