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.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

July 30, 2017

I weeded around the four o'clocks, transplanted the one that keeps getting jumped on, and put in more four o'clock seeds. I moved the wire enclosure around my anemones and mini gladiolus to this spot.

I threw some extra forget-me-not seeds I had into the clematis/four o'clock pot. I also planted new peas. These are FOR the chipmunks so they won't eat my other stuff!

I moved the strawberries to the wall by my pots - as long as I remember to move them if it rains (the roof drains right there) it will be fine. Although I don't know if the chipmunks and squirrels will actually let me eat any of the strawberries....

I put in more nasturtium seeds to soak, watered, and put down a layer of sluggo and liquid fence. It was getting hot and I was accumulating mosquito bites, so I figured that was enough. (yes, I did get rid of the weed pile).

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Garden to-do list

Garden to-do list

  • Weed farthest four o'clock
  • What's eating four o'clock in clematis pot? Remove wire so I can weed and put in smaller cages
  • Remove wire and cage from the one under the bird feeder. It is dead.
  • Weed four o'clocks
  • Add more water to pot
  • Add dirt to calla in corner
  • Remove bulb wire and plant more nasturtiums.
  • Find a better home for the strawberries
  • Weed anemones and put in smaller wire cage
  • add dirt to callas. cut back gnawed on leaves
  • clean out pansies, deadhead, plant extra flowers
  • cut back mint
  • What if i put wire to stand on under the hose?
  • clean out and weed dahlias
  • transplant calla to a separate pot
  • move both callas in together
  • transplant...tomato? to new pot?
  • add dirt to Adam's fruit pots

Thursday, July 27, 2017

July 27, 2017

I checked the garden after dark tonight. Something must be eating things. I only saw 3 slugs by the garden pots though. A lot of spiders, which must be eating something....

I already need to water one dahlia again and add more water to the pond.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July 26, 2017

Hot and muggy. It still hasn't rained. I found one raspberry the squirrel missed - there are lots of buds at the ends of the branches, so hopefully he won't get those! Strawberries are budding too. The pond smells a bit mucky, but the snails are working hard. I think I probably do need a better mini pump though I can't figure out how I'd get one to work.

I pulled more ground elder around the four o'clocks - some are budding, although they have been heavily chewed and are not as bushy as last year. I weeded the clematis/four o'clock pot a little. Why don't the squirrels and rabbits ever eat weeds?

Weeded more ground elder from the big plot. More from the section of pots. Found out why a sprig of ground elder was coming up in my calla pot - it had sneaked a runner in through the bottom! Deadheaded some pansies and pulled some of the dead chives stalks.

Weeded some of the dahlias, the purple one has a lot of buds and I think another is ready to bloom with a new color! Hopefully nothing happens before I get my flower! Watered some of the dahlias and tomatoes. Added some more mosquito bites to my already vast collection.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July 25, 2017

The alternating hot and cool weather and torrential rain and dry spells are not improving the look of the garden. I need to weed, I need to add dirt to spots, I need to cut many, many, many chewed-up leaves and the squirrel has eaten all the raspberries. There are also holes in pots where the chipmunk (probably) has been digging although the liquid fence stuff does not seem to have deterred the baby rabbits at all.

I went back and forth on watering today - it might rain tonight or tomorrow, or it might not. Either way, the pots in the back need watering - it might be too late for the black-eyed susan vine already - so I went ahead and watered. Heavily in the back, sparingly in the front. Some pots are not draining well.

And, in the space of about an hour, one of the squirrel ripped off a blooming zinnia and a couple buds. I know it was a squirrel b/c rabbits can't reach that high and chipmunks (so far as I have seen) either eat or store what they take.

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)