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.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

In which I improve the pond and take some panorama shots of the garden as well as some shots of the invasive ground elder or Aegopodium Podagraria

Seeing the squirrel getting a drink gave me an idea - now it's a birdbath!

Thanks to many libraries I identified my invasive and annoying groundcover as ground elder or Aegopodium Podagraria