Sunday, July 23, 2017

July 23, 2017

I went outside to pour some water on the black-eyed susan vine (it's back against the wall so it doesn't get rain). There were several little showers earlier. It was definitely a day for wildlife. I saw...

A hummingbird visiting the dahlia forest (without result since there are only a few tiny zinnias open and dahlia buds). I don't know why it didn't just fly over and use the hummingbird feeder.

Lots of robins wandering around and goldfinches using the dahlia stems as perches.

The chipmunk selecting green tomatoes, settling down on a brick wall to partially eat them, and then storing them in the ground elder. This explains the lack of tomatoes at a lower level on the plant.

The squirrel selecting raspberries for a treat. This also explains the smaller number of raspberries compared to other people I've been talking to.

I put down another layer of Liquid Fence (which I suspect doesn't really deter the chipmunks and squirrels) on the tomato, raspberry, and some of the dahlias that are more open. Also the fenced bulbs in the Monet garden.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

July 20, 2017

Hot and muggy. It rained last night, heavily but briefly.

The pond is overflowing and I adjusted the pump to empty it a little. One of the basil plants is squished. I deadheaded johnny-jump-ups and pansies. I need to shift pots etc. so they're not in the line of the eaves if it's going to keep raining heavily.

I cut dahlias - in addition to the purple-tipped ones that I restarted from last year I have a dark purple one that's blooming. Unfortunately I've forgotten what it's called. I have a really bad habit of not noting what flowers I order. I think it's a Diva or Einstein?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July 19, 2017

Took a morning walk through the garden to see what needs doing. Maybe this weekend I'll get up early.
  • Everything needs to be weeded, especially around the four o'clocks.
  • I need to get some minnows for the pond (ok, I don't NEED to, but I want to) and try duct taping the solar panel a little more firmly.
  • I need to refresh the peas - pull out the old ones and replant new ones.
  • Deadhead the pansies and other flowers (chives? replant?)
  • Deadhead and weed the dahlias - I should probably remove the calla lily that somehow entwined itself around a dahlia
I came home in the evening and it was even hotter and super humid. Mom watered the garden a little, especially the strawberries. The chipmunk selected and devoured ANOTHER bulb. After much travail, I managed to mix some more liquid fence and applied it (again). I think I possibly have a chipmunk with no sense of smell and it is meant for rabbits and deer... I also refilled the hummingbird feeder and noticed one of my four o'clock stems had been snapped off. I might have done it myself when weeding, but it's more likely to have been a squirrel jumping on it.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 18, 2017

Something dug a hole in the tomatoes and the one dahlia that has come under attack before. I sprayed them both again with the deer/rabbit spray. Moving the strawberries outside has got at least one blooming - we'll see if any fruit results. I deadheaded some pansies and found out that the weird lumps in the calla lily flowers are seed pods (which sound like WAY too much work to plant).

It's hot and muggy and several things need watering, but it's supposed to storm tonight, so I'll wait a little longer.

Monday, July 17, 2017

July 17, 2017

The bulbs I dumped the dirt on top of - the chipmunk has figured out how to climb into the fence, collect herself a bulb, and then hang out eating it. Apparently they have no objection to daffodil bulbs. I sprayed more liquid fence over it and yelled at the chipmunk.

I went to Rotary Gardens last weekend and noticed that I'm not the only person who's nasturtiums are a bit weak. Also, they had a Japanese beetle infestation.

I still need to dig the corner calla in deeper, spread more dirt over the areas uncovered by the rain, and water the strawberries, which I moved outside to get pollinated. But it's supposed to rain soon so I probably won't bother.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July 15, 2017

After last week's torrential rains the garden is mostly doing well. A lot of bunnies have been hopping around and I think they are the ones to blame for the major damage done to my biggest calla lily leaves and the poor four o'clocks. The bulbs were washed right out of the ground - I just dumped a bunch of dirt on top of them, although the one calla in the corner is still exposed. I found 2 Japanese beetles in the dahlia flowers and gave them a soapy death. Something is eating the peas, but it's ok because I'm not really eating them. I've seen a few leafhoppers on the dahlias but the soapy stuff got rid of the aphids.

I sprayed again for rabbits and deer, since the heavy rains must have worn everything off before.

In the evening I put more mosquito bits in the pond, pulled a few weeds, and gathered a handful of raspberries. What are the big lumps that form in the calla lilies after the flowers turn green?

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Garden progress

Zinnias look good. I suppose I should thin them out....nah

This dahlia is still recovering from getting too wet. Alyssum is sprouting up at the bottom.

This dahlia got a friend - calla lilies. I have no idea how. It also got aphids, but I think I got rid of them.

A dahlia flower! No aphids! This is one from last year that I resprouted. Looks lovely!

A lot of the dahlias are still pretty puny. The tomato is also small and sad. Maybe a bigger pot next year? Definitely a bigger pot for the raspberries.

Basil is growing well!

I can't decide if I should pull up the chives and start over, or what. They're rather spindly, but they regrow themselves so....

I think whatever was eating the morning glories is full.

My anemones sprouted! and my mini gladiolas! and a morning glory that I didn't want!

Finally got a good covering of nasturtiums going

Pond needs some more water. I'm still thinking about adding some minnows. Snails still seem happy though!

Something is still chowing down on my four o'clocks

Monday, July 3, 2017

Pests part 2

AUGHHHHH!!!! these were not there yesterday i swear!! what are they? the whole stem is covered in them! Do i chop off the flower and burn it? wipe them off with a wet rag? spray vigorously with water? WHAT ARE THEY???

What is eating my raspberry leaves? Why is the bush half yellow? I want my japanese beetles back! at least I could see those and pick them off easily!

The tomato is not thriving

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Garden pests?

Fireflies don't eat plants. So who is devouring my morning glories?? (and everything else)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Garden right before July

There are freshwater snails in my pond! I don't know how they got there or where they came from, but I am extremely thrilled. Yes, this picture is underwater, even if it doesn't look like it.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Garden update

No pictures, because I couldn't be bothered.

The clematis continues to wilt in weird spots. Maybe it doesn't like being by the a/c? I really need a better vine to go here. The pond has developed algae, but the pond plants are happy. I put in more mosquito bits. Now that the squirrels and chipmunks have eaten everything they were interested in in the big garden, I weeded, planted more nasturtiums, morning glories, and then a section of anemones and mini gladiolas by the steps. I was going to spray with my new deer/rabbit spray, hoping it would affect squirrels and chipmunks, but of course the spray thingy broke. So I sprinkled it instead.

I took off the wire from the mini rose and basil, hoping the spray will work. I need to deadhead the pansies more... the purple calla has bloomed. I still need something to hang the hose on. Something is eating the morning glories (and everything else). Leaf hoppers? I haven't seen any though. Fireflies? Elm beetles? I didn't think those ate plants. I haven't seen any slugs.

I planted the last dahlia outside. The one with a broken stem has sprouted a new stalk, which is good. The tomato is still depressed, but I've gotten some peas. The zinnias are sprouting well. My two new dahlia pots were impossible to poke holes in - I kind of got some in one, but gave up on the other. So I just put rocks in the bottom and called it good. Well, now it's soggy. I mean, there's several inches of water in it. The last storm was a little too heavy.

I planted my new tuberose inside. Everything smells like rotten fish, but I am assured the smell will go away.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Garden update

Pond doing well. Can see the reflection of the wall in the pool.

This four o'clock is going well, but I need to weed a bit more groundcover

Hard to see through the wire, but the clematis is growing well even if it's spindly. Why do other people have nice bushy clematis? I'm planting something else next year. 

Need to weed more so the four o'clock can breathe

I had to replant these because the squirrel kept JUMPING on it. No, I am not kidding.

Cleaning out this section for tulip bulbs and nasturtiums. I'm going to transplant the tulips. I think I might want to dig the wire enclosures a little deeper.

Got rid of the last of the chicken wire. It looks awful now, but at least I can weed it and get the morning glories going and plant some more nasturtiums.

The morning glories did not appreciate being uprooted

Neither did the peas. But it had to be done.

My one nasturtium

Best calla!

These I grew from seed

Just one of my pots of zinnia seedlings

The tomato is not doing well. I don't think it appreciated having to share its pot with the peas.

The sprout on the side is a dahlia. Which is growing very, very, very slowly. So I let the other things stay in the pot. I'm not really sure what they are. I thought morning glory, but now they look more like four o'clocks...

This is my only dahlia that has shot up to reasonable height. Something is eating it and some of its leaves are yellowing. Not enough water? Too much sun? I dunno.

This is the 2nd year I've had the raspberry. Now I'm wondering if I should have cut it back farther. It exploded into bushiness and put out a lot of flowers, but there's nothing really to pollinate them and now it's yellowing. I have no idea what THAT's about.

This dahlia's stem broke while it was being transplanted. Will it grow another stem? I don't know.