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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


The Fall Garden

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Just when the season of gardening is coming to an end, the opportunity is here for the planning of next year plantings.  Now we can evaluate what worked, which plants were placed in their ideal location for optimum performance, or in some cases, the realization that some plants will have to be moved.  Many perennials will need to be divided like crowded Bearded Irises that can be lifted now, separated and relocated.  Spring blooming bulbs should go in this fall to allow the roots to get established.  Keep after those weeds and do not allow them to bloom and set seed for next year!  You will save yourself a lot of work in the spring.  In the picture bellow, Rudbeckia or Coneflower, has just about finished blooming, I like to leave the seed heads for winter interest.  The Goldfinches love to perch on the stem and feed on the seeds. Here Rudbeckia was under planted with Aster amelus. At it’s feet, a young Ceratostigma plumbaginoides.

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