this has been, by far, the best summer ever (8 yrs.) here in my neck of the woods. the whole time it was so hot up north, we had cooler than normal temps. we were also gifted with normal summer rainfall (which usually means a quick downpour every afternoon).
i seem to have gotten the worst of my enemy pests under some kind of control (spinosad and the ever present castile soap) and my garden has looked pretty darn good throughout and the plants all seem happy...
if plants are happy, i'm happy.
Yes, and lack of rain.
It is a full time gardening job to keep everything watered.
I keep most of the containers watered,but now some of the small hanging baskets
are drying out. Next year, I will use only the larger hanging baskets. They will be lined with plastic
and use the moisture retaining potting soil. They will be mulched on top too.
I've been gone for a year to Calif. Now I'm back home and the people who said they would take care of my garden for me DIDN"T keep their word. Now I have to battle the weeds and reclaim my garden. Roundup where are you?
orchidman1; Orchids are beautiful We only get a few that grow wild like Lady Sliipper,,Only I have been to Florida and a few greenhouse displays ,just to see them.
Just a curious light question,are the doors open while you work so Hummingbirds might visit? Kind of a humorous question though, I know.
I imagine with near 500 , you might be one of the benefactors displaying at some of the shows.
Battled - lack of rain/City cutting off our water for four days... Then the rains/winds came, with hail. Had hail the size of golf balls and sometimes baseballs. It was a nasty year in our end of the city.
I added a new raised bed for my dahlias. I had a kidney shaped bed in the front yard but wanted one just for dahlias (may add lilies also). So I had a 2' wide arc shaped bed put in with a 3' path between.
Thank you, yes they do..so balanced that they move quite easily in a simple breeze! Each year I add several pieces..just ordered from same artist a metal girl, dimentional, arms outstretched holding a butterfly.
Love your gardens..love dahlia's and yet have never planted them.
This summer has been a BIG challenge. I battled drought, extreme temps, squash bugs, & cuke beetles. My veggie garden survived, but production was extremely low. I was vigilant and conquered the squash bugs by hand picking & smashing them. Then the cuke beetles tried to take over just as the heat & drought subsided. More smashing, using rotonene, & kaolin clay. I'm optimistic about my Fall crops. The garden varieties that survived the heat, drought, pest attacks, & kept producing have a permanent spot in my garden.
lasagna bed just laid down whole newspapers, layered with garden/potting/ backyard compost and red mulch...watered it everyday, my impatiens are just now starting to bloom, weird weather, weird temps, no rain, tornado winds, and worst insect pest of this year.. mites on everything!
oh, I have started using sunflowers with my arbors for added morning glory support. tying them down and trimming is a fun thing to do, sitting under it is even better.