Monthly Archives: July 2013

July Garden


The mixed border

The mixed border: Echinacea, Yarrow, Monarda, Coreopsis and Rudbeckia


In July the garden is filled with activity.  My perennial beds are in full bloom and the pollinators are out in force performing their annual dance from bloom to bloom.  Thanks to my resolve to have a complete organic garden, bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are abundant and collecting nectar for their daily sustenance and the birds are busy in and out of the plants looking for food for their broods.  It is a whole world of complex life out there.

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Equinacia.

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Echinacea.

All photos in this post courtesy of the very talented photographer, Audrey Davis.

Busy Bumble Bees

Busy Bumble Bees

As many of you have noticed, our hot steamy weather and tons of rain, have promoted and abundance of weeds as well.  Just the kind of weather they need to thrive.  I have spent most of the last week revisiting all my beds and doing a thorough clean up of all emerging weeds.  The thing is, we must get them before they bloom and are able to set seed.  You will save hours of weeding in the fall and next year by weeding now.  For all of you who hate this particular chore, my advise is get yourself some good music or book on your iPod, wear something cool, and consider it your exercise  for the day.  Take a little time to observe wildlife while you are out there!

Euphatorium dubium, Joe Pye weed.

Eupatorium or Joe Pye weed.  A favorite of all pollinators.

Hemerocallis, Day Lilly.

Hemerocallis or Day Lilly. My personal favorite variety.

“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day-like writing a poem or meditating”   Anne Morrow Lindberg


Shopping for seeds

The Gardeners Coach

Chroniflower, of the subspecies caulicannabanis

My vegetable raised boxes are filled with wonderful mushroom manure and compost and I am ready for the season to begin.  Choosing what to grow and what seed to purchase has become quite a daunting prospect.  For a gardener who specializes in perennial and shrub borders, I suddenly was faced with an entirely different set of rules and growing techniques.  I was then faced with the most important decision of all:  what type of seed to order.  Genetically Modified Organism or GMOs also called Generically engineered or GE seed,  Open pollinated heirlooms, F1Hybrids, Organic…   Really?  I am seriously overwhelmed!  And if this is my thinking, I would assume there are many of you, first time vegetable gardeners in the same position.  Here are some of the main facts that have been helpful in sorting out where I should get started.

GMOs are in my mind out of the…

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