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.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 16, 2017

Something is eating my dahlia flowers. They're sheared off all around on some blossoms. I would suspect Japanese beetles, but I haven't seen any! Last year they were very obvious. Weird. It rained this evening, nice soaking showers. I have lots of nasturtium flowers now. Still need to clean the pond badly.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August 13, 2017

Everything blooming pretty well. A new dahlia opened - now I have two that are white with purple tips (one is tips, one is centers), purple pompoms, and little orange pompoms. I'm hoping to see blooms from the last three, as they all have buds, but I don't know. I keep finding purple petals on the lawn but can't figure out where they're coming from which is driving me crazy!

The tomato remains spindly - next year it's going to have a bigger pot. The raspberry is still yellowed. Why? I don't know. Maybe it needs a bigger pot too? If we ever cut down that dying pine tree in the corner I could maybe put in a raised bed just for raspberries and tomatoes. It's a nice thought. The zinnias are blooming enthusiastically and the alyssum is a snowy carpet.

The pond is not clean. The snails have disappeared (did the goldfish eat them?) but I haven't figured out how to clean it out. There are more four o'clocks sprouting. I staked the mini gladiolas, deadheaded some pansies, and cursed the chipmunk for digging MORE holes in my basil and pansy pots. The nasturtiums are starting to bloom. I also restacked the bricks and got the basil/mini rose pot to be level. Finally! It was driving me crazy.

The hummingbird feeder hasn't got much interest, that I've noticed anyways. I had a flock of female house finches at the bird feeder today (which needs to be cleaned).

I watered around noon today, then went out later and cut flowers and sprayed liquid fence on a couple spots the chipmunk has been digging.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August 8, 2017

A few days ago I found dahlia petals all over the lawn. Never figured out where they came from though. All my plump green strawberries are gone. Dang it. I watered. I think I need to figure out a way to clean out the pond. Not sure how though. The nasturtium finally bloomed and so did the mint. New peas are sprouting and the four o'clocks I reseeded.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August 2, 2017

I bought a goldfish for $1.50 at a bait shop. It's not dead yet... I also bought two bags of mulch and a couple more stepping stones. I put the stones on top of existing stones that were sinking into the ground. One bag of mulch around the birdfeeder and four o'clocks, one where the hose is. I also unclogged the birdfeeder. The hot pink four o'clocks are blooming and of course I left my camera somewhere.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 1, 2017

Planted the nasturtium seeds that have been soaking. Refilled the pond. Watered. It's hot. Possibility of thunderstorms later on, but I doubt it.