Thursday, September 21, 2017

September 21, 2017

The unexpected heat continues to ravage the gardens. I got one blue/purple St. Brigid anemone (seen above) but it quickly withered. My Einstein dahlia that has some kind of scale or fungus is getting worse, but at least it's not spreading to any other bushes. The Gingeroo is producing smaller and smaller pompom dahlias. I put the strawberries outside - I got a few berries off them, but they got little webs of some kind of bug and the berries in my living room window were pale and didn't look good. I got a few more good berries off one and the chipmunk at the substandard ones. Still getting a few raspberries now and then. I've been watering in the evening, which isn't the best, but it's when I have time. It's in the 90s during the day. Ugh.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

September 9, 2017

The chipmunk has taken to sitting on my windowsill in the morning glory vines, eating morning glory flowers and other small tidbits. They better be tidbits. If she's eating my bulbs she's in trouble! My dahlias aren't putting up a very good show - I don't think I watered them enough earlier in the summer and I should have pinched them back. The mysterious daisy things I planted look awesome though. Even if I can't remember what they are. I need to divide the chives and refill the pond.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Fall/spring garden plan

I'm buying bulbs now so there needs to be a PLAN.

Four o'clock garden
  • No more clematis. I will try a gold flame honeysuckle in the hummingbird feeder pot, or maybe a Lonicera. Meanwhile, I'm going to let the four o'clocks reseed themselves and I also have a lot of four o'clock seeds left that I can add to this area. In the spring I'm pretty sure I'll need to clean and restock the pond. I would be surprised if the goldfish lived through the winter, as well as the other plants since I'm pretty sure the pot will freeze. I want to try a water lily next year. If the pond plants come back, there might not be space. If they don't, I really only want to replace the little viny ones that look kind of like little water lily leaves. I might have to buy a new pump as well.
  • I'm going to plant daffodils in the space behind the pond and scattered around the area. They're supposed to spread.
Monet Garden
  • If the crocus come back, fine. I am going to try not to stress about them getting nipped off. I'll need to ask my landlord's wife if she wants her bamboo inside for the winter - I've been keeping it on the wall for her. The peas will be done of course.
  • I'm going to pull out all the nasturtiums and morning glories, dig the beds, then plant the bulbs.
  • There will be several stands of tulips - I'm going to put green wire baskets around them. I'm buying
    • La Courtine (single late)
    • Johann Strauss Kaufmannia
    • and a mixed bag of Triumph
  • I'm also going to plant more Dutch iris (blue diamond) and try some Chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow)
  • Then I'm going to edge everything in daffodils.
  • There are anemone, crocus, hyacinth, and muscarii (which have never bloomed) but if they come back fine, if not, not.
  • Once I've planted everything reasonably deeply, I'm going to add several more bags of dirt, then put down the wire (so I'll have to mark out where it's going) then throw all the vines back onto it as cover for the winter.
Herb and Flower Garden
  • I want to make sure I get viola - plants or seeds, as well as pansies and johnny jump-ups, for the pots next year. I would think the mint will probably come back. I'll need to buy more aristotle basil (it doesn't sprout from seed) and a new miniature rose.
    • I bought seeds for the spring
      • Johnny jump-up
      • Moulin Rouge pansies

  • For the fall, the calla bulbs will come inside. They can be packed in a box - they don't care about getting dry.
  • The chives really need to be divided. I'll have to figure out where to put the extras.
  • The black-eyed Susan vine doesn't grow particularly well from seed - I'll clean out the pots and use them to start indoor plants and then buy a couple for next year.
  • This will be a good opportunity to straighten the cement wall.
Dahlia forest
  • I am going to try to winter the dahlias inside again - this time I need to get something to pack them in because they dried out badly last year. I will start them inside again.
  • Ok, I bought more dahlias from Swan Island
    • September Morn
    • Awe Shucks
    • Teddy
  • I'm going to branch out from the zinnias. This year those pots will have
    • Tithonia (Mexican sunflower)
    • Osteospermum (need to buy - still looking for the ones that change shades)
    • Raspberry lemonade zinnia
    • Double take cosmos
    • California poppy (mixed sunset)
    • Strawflower (tall mixed)
Indoor garden
  • Trying to get the amaryllis to reflower sounds like a LOT of work. I think I will move it outside for a couple months to cool it off, then repot it and see what happens. The squirrels better not eat it!
  • My tuberose never did bloom, but it's still growing. I guess I'll just wait. I'll keep the strawberries going as long as they're alive.
  • I'll get more paperwhites from the nursery later this winter.
  • I might try some chives indoors this year, although they haven't done well for me in the past.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

August 31, 2017

The weather has turned chilly and the dahlias seem to be mostly enjoying it. The zinnias are wilting a bit though. I got one glorious St. Brigid's anemone and then something bit off the other buds and SLEPT on the patch! I put wire around it. My gingeroo dahlia bloomed and I have lots more buds coming. Hopefully the cool weather doesn't put them off. I watered the pots a bit and sprayed some liquid fence on the anemones.

Friday, August 25, 2017

August 25, 2017

I feel very productive today. I finally cleaned the pond (the goldfish did not appreciate this). There were 2 snails left. There were also some interesting sort of clear bubbles on the trailing water plants. I saw a spider with a mostly white and black body and spindly legs and several bees and yellowjackets. I put in a pond tab and fed the goldfish. I'm not sure it appreciated this either. I didn't get all the algae off the rocks, sides of the pond, and pump - is the pump still working? I'm not sure. The fish seems to be getting enough oxygen and taking care of any mosquito larvae, so I'm going to call it good.

I finally saw bumblebees! I have been missing the bumbles this year.

I planted the things that I thought were callas but now I don't think they are which I pulled up from the dahlia pot in front of the pond. I also watered things. I scrubbed clean the birdfeeder and will be putting out new seed and trying a new hummingbird feeder.

I ate a couple ripe raspberries and my one ripe strawberry. Tiny but sweet!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

August 23, 2017

One of the plants I stuck in a bare spot in the pansies might bloom soon. Of course I have forgotten what it is. I swear someday I'm going to remember to write these things down...

I think the goldfish ate all the snails. The pond is extremely mucky! I am determined to clean it out this weekend.

I have an anemone almost ready to bloom!

I don't have any bees this year and I've only seen one hummingbird, before most of the flowers opened. Just not a year for them? Found a better spot elsewhere? Effect of my aphid spray? I only used it once. Liquid Fence? It shouldn't matter to the bees and hummingbirds though? I don't know.

I watered pretty thoroughly.

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.