I keep–or try to keep–a written journal of each gardening year, especially for marking my planting and harvest times. I also try to keep track of what worked, what didn’t, and just how much work it took to get it to work!!! I usually start out strong, chronicling my seed-starting and planting precisely, then trail off once I’ve gotten to the just maintenance part. Last night I caught up with my journal after a 2-week hiatus.
I did it again—neglected my garden journal.
Everything has grown like crazy–temps summer-like and humid.
Front porch: wicker planter and houseplants out 6/13. Fountain is cool.
Hydrangeas — cut back to clear window 6/12 and now rain has front blooms on the ground. Need to cut them all back. Blooms cut from back are drying on front porch. Laid soaker hose.
North Garden — added daisies, pruned and trimmed, put riprap around edge, added soaker hose.
Butterfly/Bird garden (east) — Lovely! Added a flat dish hummingbird feeder and hung all 3 from trellis. Read an article that said this may discourage bully-hummers, but..? Planted honeysuckle at N end of trellis—hoping to train it to cover top. Added soaker hose.
Daylilies — Huge (will need to be divided this year). Not sure I appreciate them enough for the work of constant deadheading the slimy blooms.
Pineapple Sage –okay. Holly — good. Soaker hose to all .
West (front) garden. Saw a mom goldfinch land on a coneflower, shadowed by her young’un. She tried another and decided finally on a large, more open bloom down the way. Baby followed and she showed him how to munch the seeds from the flower, then flew up to a branch to watch proudly as he/she fed like a pro. Black-eyed Susan vine growing like a weed and the Moonflower Vine is Alive!!!
Edibles— I do believe I’ll have ripe tomatoes by the 4th of July! Almost lost the bush zucchini, but I covered a broken spot with dirt and it looks like it’s surviving. fingers crossed. 3 of the ca wonder peppers look crappy, others okay.
It has rained the last 2 days and today’s high is predicted to be 97 degrees!!! Sounds extremely sticky, so I’m glad the pool is up now. Olivia and I are headed over to Henderson for lunch and to check out the Handy Blues Fest.
Stay cool, wherever you are!