Sunday, June 24, 2018

June 24, 2018

Sunny and warm, in the high 70s/80s. I weeded the four o'clocks, noticed that the honeysuckle hasn't died (but hasn't really grown much either), and weeded the Monet garden. I spread more four o'clock seeds, nasturtium seeds, and planted the nasturtium seedlings in my little bird pots. I watered everything and I'm going to try my new critter ridder when things dry up a little. I also ordered bulbs for the fall, since the chipmunks and squirrels have so vigorously dug into them. I tried a new company, Dutch Grown.

  • Daffodil fragrant mix
  • Mini daffodil Jetfire
  • Daffodil peach cobbler
  • Tulip Ancilla
  • Tulip Stresa
  • Tulip candy apple delight
  • Anemone St. Brigida
I also ordered Ziva paperwhites for the fall.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

June 23, 2018

After several days of rain and cool temps, I took stock of how things were going. I need to transplant the seeds outside and start thinking about replacement bulbs for the fall - the chipmunks (and squirrels) have gone to town. More weeding needed, dahlias growing well, everything is very green. Except for the stuff the rabbits took a nap on. My St. Brigida anemones never came back - maybe I'll do them in a pot next time?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June 19, 2018

We had torrential rains yesterday and this morning. The chipmunks have moved on to eating my bulbs. Not sure which ones, but they're small - probably the daffodils, since critters aren't supposed to eat those. I have lots of buds on some of my dahlias and something ripped up one of those and snipped off some others! The Aristotle basil is dying, I don't know why.

I sprayed on some liquid fence and called it a night.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

June 16, 2018

Catch up from the last few days. I watered Thursday morning and realized I probably buried my petunias and other flower seeds too deep - they're in those capsules that need light to release. Also had to plant more pepper seeds. Somebody, probably a squirrel, dug very deep into my raspberry bush. The dahlias are all growing well.

Friday evening - the bag was off one of the peas, but I think it just blew off. There was also a chunk broken off one of the raspberries. My landlord promised to cut off the branch of the dead pine that stretches over them, but hasn't - I might see if I can take it off. I watered everything. Of course we then had a major thunderstorm that night. I need to weed, I have some more seeds to plant, fill in holes with dirt, transplant seedlings, and the chipmunk has almost eaten all my boring seed so I will try my hot pepper seed next.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June 12, 2018

Aughhh!! The evil stripy menace, aka chipmunk, ATE THE TOPS OFF HALF MY LETTUCE!! I was gonna eat that! It was NOT FOR YOU! It must be revenge because I didn't refill the birdfeeder after he emptied it yesterday.

Somebody also dug into my peppers - only one viable plant left now. I planted some more seeds. Tried my new mosquito repellent (AFTER I had been bitten multiple times. I know.) and it seems to work ok.

Monday, June 11, 2018

June 11, 2018

I watered a little last night. Yes, it had rained all day. It was soft and didn't get up next to the house. This morning I deadheaded pansies, refilled the birdfeeder AGAIN (the chipmunk now has at least four birdfeeder's worth of food stored in his hole), and sprayed insect soap on the window box pansies (aphids were back) and the raspberries - something is eating the leaves but I don't know what.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

June 9, 2018

There are two chipmunks! They are in a fierce struggle for this prime territory. It rained heavily last night (I slept through it) so everything except my pots right up by the house got soaked. I planted petunia and calibrachoa seeds, fixed the wire around the strawberries, and weeded. Last night (or maybe the day before?) I planted peas and nasturtiums inside to transfer later.

Both gazanias are flowering but one is bright yellow and one orange. I'm disappointed - I had wanted striped. Note to self - buy already-flowered plants or seeds next year so I can tell!