Sunday, August 20, 2017

August 20, 2017

Hot and muggy. Yech. I'm working on organizing my garden tools and pots in the basement. I watered the dahlia forest a little and brought the strawberries inside - I'll pollinate them by hand because I'm never going to get a strawberry if they are outside! I might not get any inside either, but at least the critters won't eat them!

Argh, bugs in my birdfeed AGAIN. Moths this time. I tossed the container and am investing in a new one, as well as some new birdseed.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 16, 2017

Something is eating my dahlia flowers. They're sheared off all around on some blossoms. I would suspect Japanese beetles, but I haven't seen any! Last year they were very obvious. Weird. It rained this evening, nice soaking showers. I have lots of nasturtium flowers now. Still need to clean the pond badly.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August 13, 2017

Everything blooming pretty well. A new dahlia opened - now I have two that are white with purple tips (one is tips, one is centers), purple pompoms, and little orange pompoms. I'm hoping to see blooms from the last three, as they all have buds, but I don't know. I keep finding purple petals on the lawn but can't figure out where they're coming from which is driving me crazy!

The tomato remains spindly - next year it's going to have a bigger pot. The raspberry is still yellowed. Why? I don't know. Maybe it needs a bigger pot too? If we ever cut down that dying pine tree in the corner I could maybe put in a raised bed just for raspberries and tomatoes. It's a nice thought. The zinnias are blooming enthusiastically and the alyssum is a snowy carpet.

The pond is not clean. The snails have disappeared (did the goldfish eat them?) but I haven't figured out how to clean it out. There are more four o'clocks sprouting. I staked the mini gladiolas, deadheaded some pansies, and cursed the chipmunk for digging MORE holes in my basil and pansy pots. The nasturtiums are starting to bloom. I also restacked the bricks and got the basil/mini rose pot to be level. Finally! It was driving me crazy.

The hummingbird feeder hasn't got much interest, that I've noticed anyways. I had a flock of female house finches at the bird feeder today (which needs to be cleaned).

I watered around noon today, then went out later and cut flowers and sprayed liquid fence on a couple spots the chipmunk has been digging.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August 8, 2017

A few days ago I found dahlia petals all over the lawn. Never figured out where they came from though. All my plump green strawberries are gone. Dang it. I watered. I think I need to figure out a way to clean out the pond. Not sure how though. The nasturtium finally bloomed and so did the mint. New peas are sprouting and the four o'clocks I reseeded.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August 2, 2017

I bought a goldfish for $1.50 at a bait shop. It's not dead yet... I also bought two bags of mulch and a couple more stepping stones. I put the stones on top of existing stones that were sinking into the ground. One bag of mulch around the birdfeeder and four o'clocks, one where the hose is. I also unclogged the birdfeeder. The hot pink four o'clocks are blooming and of course I left my camera somewhere.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 1, 2017

Planted the nasturtium seeds that have been soaking. Refilled the pond. Watered. It's hot. Possibility of thunderstorms later on, but I doubt it.

Monday, July 31, 2017

July 31, 2017

I transplanted the calla that was conjoined with a dahlia. I hope they both survive. Actually, now I'm not 100% sure that IS a calla. It's awfully reedy. I added dirt to several places and planted my three new plants. I also watered and asked the landscaper if he could aim the grass clippings away from the pond.