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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


Blizzard ’10. The aftermath

Euonymus alatus.

One of the major casualties of this storm was my beautiful “Euonymus alatus” or Winged Euonymus; thirty feet long and fifteen high; it proved to be very vulnerable to the monumental amounts of snow we received at the beginning of February.  Not only did we get 24″ of snow, but we got to keep it for over a month.  It is only now that I can finally see the ground and assess the damage.  This hedge, I am afraid, will have to be cut down. The weight of the snow caused many branches to split and break. A little more patience is needed until the ground is dry and safe to walk on.  Then the pruning can begin.  Euonymus will come back even if it gets cut to a foot above ground.

A pair of  Mugo pines on either side ofthe driveway are completely flattened.  This is an evergreen and will not regenerate new growth when large branches are cut down, for static reasons yet to be assessed, they may have to go. The list goes on and on.  Early March and I should have been out pruning all trees and shrubs, it looks like we are getting a late start on our garden chores this month.

One more thing I like to do now is apply corn glutten to the beds to prevent weed seeds from germinating.  It will save a lot of work later in the spring.

“A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself…”  Margaret Atwood