Aren't these just the prettiest flowers? We planted these "Teddy Bear" and "Honey Bear" Sunflower seeds back in May and have had fresh flowers on the kitchen window sill for several weeks now. They are super easy to grow and last a good week before they start to turn. I'm going to plant lots more next summer, in both the front yard and backyard (usually I like Sunflowers just in the backyard).
The most you can hope for in July in the Arizona desert is to just get through it. The same for gardens, too. Up until now we've had a profusion of zucchini, cucumbers, cantaloupe, hot (killer hot) red peppers and tomatoes. We've had a few red bell peppers and around six crookneck squash. We also planted the classic American Giant Sunflower (see above) but I don't love those so they won't be back next summer (they tend to start looking a little too much like something out of "Little Shop of Horrors" ).
Have you ever seen an eggplant in the "garden way"? That's it above. I love that it looks like purple Christmas balls in the garden (not that I decorate with purple Christmas balls, just so you know). The eggplant is just now coming in and I've got several on the vine. I have a beach umbrella firmly planted in the soil next to the eggplant to protect it from the blazing sun.
That's the herb box above--not a great pic but it's the best I could do in the AM and it's too hot to take photos after 7:00 am. The basil is gorgeous, and the lavender and oregano were thick and healthy. The bedraggled flower garden behind the herb box is being prepared to be solarized. Just couldn't pull out those sweet Sunflowers yet.
Had to show you the root from ONE tomato plant--impressive, huh? No wonder the tomatoe plants are so sturdy! Next year I'm going to plant the tiny Sun Gold tomatoes. They are so sweet and Jill had great success with them.