|A riot of Echinacea live for the "Dog Days" ©2013 BDG|
Where did the phrase "Dog Days of Summer" originate? I ask this question as it has been driven into my mind by a mad spin instructor who likes to play a song by Florence and the Machine, "Dog Days are Over". Who knows what the song means, but it seems as though life is heading downhill in the song. Me, I can't wait for them to be over as I love the weather in September, but I am enjoying these few nice 80-85 degree days.
|Verbena never wilts under the heat ©2013 BDG|
Loosely translated, the "Dog Days" are from mid-July to mid-August and, for most of us in New England, these are the hottest and most stifling days of the summer -- days best spent on the beaches of the Cape and Islands or on a lake up north. The phrase comes from many ancient cultures (Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and others) who noted the time of year when one of the brightest stars in the sky, Sirius, rose with the sun in the morning. Romans believed that this bright star combined its heat with the sun and made these days unbearably hot. Sirius for thousands of years has been known as the Dog Star as it is the leading star in the constellation of Canis major, which is one of Orion's hunting dogs. So during the year when Sirius rises in the morning, it is considered to be the "Dog Days of Summer." In the interest of disclosure, I gathered this information from a few astronomy sites and the previous link.
With that, following are some images from my garden during these "Dog Days".
|Nicotiana (Flowering Tobacco) standing tall ©2013 BDG|
|Zinnia that is still mad that I missed watering a few days |
during the heat ©2013 BDG
|Classic Verberna bonariensis just|
starting to flower ©2013 BDG
|Clethra alternifolia's fragrance in the|
late summer evenings ©2013 BDG
|Clethra barbinervis flowering in the dappled sun ©2013 BDG|
|Geranium 'Rozanne' will flower til frost ©2013 BDG|
|Love this neon red/orange Geranium against the|
chartreuse foliage ©2013 BDG
|More Echinacea thriving in the heat ©2013 BDG|
|Not a flower, but bright colors for the|
shady entrance ©2013 BDG
|"Sun Power" Hosta adds great contrast color|
in a sunny spot ©2013 BDG
|Angelonia always reliable in the sun ©2013 BDG|
|"Bright Eyes" Phlox ©2013 BDG|
|Bee Balm (Monarda) finishing in front of the Echinacea ©2013 BDG|