welcome rain

Last night we heard thunder and soon it was pouring rain. It continued to rain off and on during the night and through the day today. The garden is much relieved. My “Orange Tremor” daylily got so dry it dropped all but a few buds. One of those opened this morning–wow. Here is a picture:???????????????????????????????I have another fancy daylily in a similar shade but I forgot the name. It just glows in the garden. ???????????????????????????????And the orangey-yellow double “Condilla” opened today also:???????????????????????????????This one had a big crab spider on it so I tried to get a close-up:crab spider on condilla daylilySmall but powerful! I got too close with the camera and it threatened me. Brave spider!

The daylilies really steal the show right now. David took three “panorama” shots of the front yard, and it’s hard to see anything other than the splashes of color the daylilies make:front yard panorama 1front yard panorama 2???????????????????????????????In the vegetable garden, the potato onions decided to make more of themselves–at least, that’s what we think they are up to–they look like aliens, a little. Here are two pictures of the same onion:??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Beautiful morning in the garden

Did a quick tour of the garden this morning and laid down some hay mulch in the square garden. Here’s the mulched garden:???????????????????????????????I saw this earwig bug face-first sleeping in a daylily flower. I thought, “What a nice way to spend time! Wish I could do that!”yes 026The coneflowers were glowing in the sun. White ones are my favorite:???????????????????????????????yes 039???????????????????????????????Some nice daylilies appeared this morning, too. Here is Fairy Tale Pink:???????????????????????????????And a nice red just opening:???????????????????????????????I got some nice photos of the gooseneck loosestrife, too:

the patch

the patch

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hay mulch is the answer

First, the vegetable garden. The heirloom corn of several varieties that David got from a friend and planted was laid low by a very strong wind. We went out a few days later and gently pulled them upright, then David painstakingly tied them up with knotted baling twine, supported by a few metal step-in posts. It looks beautiful, and is still growing–rapidly.

This morning, inspecting the corn and looking for zucchini

This morning, inspecting the corn and looking for zucchini

tassels!

tassels!

the baling twine holding the stalks upright

the baling twine holding the stalks upright

beautiful corn

beautiful corn

In a wet rainy year you can have too much mulch, but this year with its moderate rainfall we lay it on thick. Here are some photos of the vegetable garden I took this morning:

chard

chard

onions and parsley

onions and parsley

baby cucumbers

baby cucumbers

red currents--the birds left us a few

red currents–the birds left us a few

perpetual spinach

perpetual spinach, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes

beans

beans

mulch

a variety of veggies, and lots of mulch

In the pictures above you do see bare, mostly weeded soil, but between rows of vegetables, around the toes of the larger crops, and in the pathways we put down a lot of hay mulch. In the back yard yesterday I used a shovel (some call it a spade) to chop the lawn back a little, then I laid down newspaper (very thick) and covered that with pads of hay mulch. I also used some of the old loose scraps of hay from the haymow to mulch inside the bed. Here is the scrappy hay pile:???????????????????????????????It has dust and pigeon poop and dust in it–good for soil creation. The stuff I put around the outside on the newspaper is newer hay. Here are some pictures of that:

top of the backyard bed

top of the backyard bed

This is how the edge looks BEFORE being newspapered and mulched--a low rock edge and then a patch of bare dirt.

This is how the edge looks BEFORE being newspapered and mulched–a low rock edge and then a patch of bare dirt.

After--it's a little messy looking, but by golly it stops the grass.

After–it’s a little messy looking, but by golly it stops the grass.

Here are a few pictures of the riot of color the flowers make in the back yard: echinacea, daylily, monarda, false sunflower, delphinium, larkspur, and yarrow:????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????As usual, I’ll end with a few cat pictures:

Tater in the driveway

Tater in the driveway

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Getting ready for the garden party

We got more bales of mulch hay from the field across the street. David stacked them neatly under the pine trees. ???????????????????????????????I’ve been putting it on the garden in thick slabs, which the plants and the critters just love. I weeded and then mulched the daylilies against the cellar stairs this way and the cats both decided this was a wonderful place to relax. ???????????????????????????????I also continue to bring home tubs of wood shaving mulch in my “mulch-mobile”, also known as a Subaru Impreza. ???????????????????????????????I got a nice beebalm from a friend years ago, a deep wine-red color. I also got, from the store I think, a soft light pink. This spring my pink patch was sprinkled with a deeper shade of cherry pink–I think it crossed itself with the darker kind, if that is possible. Here’s a picture of it:???????????????????????????????The other day we had a very strong wind that took down one of the black walnuts, and knocked over all but one of a patch of ornamental sunflowers. Most other plants survived, although they all look a little lean-y. ???????????????????????????????The two giant old maples in the front yard scattered dead branches large and small all over the garden, and I decided to use them to make a fence. Here it is!??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????I’ve been weeding and mulching indutriously to prepare for the garden party on the 15th. Daylilies are starting to bloom, just in time for the guests. Here’s a nice orange one that opened this morning:???????????????????????????????The cats are such good garden company. As soon as I sit down they show up to get petted and encourage us to relax. This morning I had my coffee sitting on a little cement-block/wood plank “bench” under the apple tree, with Mr Fluff next to me and the morning sun lighting up the garden. Heaven! Michele, I can’t compete with your beautiful river view, but this is a close second!morning sun

Southside path efforts continue–and high summer flowers arrive

The southside path has a lot of potential, but I haven’t quite figured out what to do with it yet. It’s better now but still needs work. This is how it looked on May 1 this year. You can see the daffodils are starting, the forget-me-nots are tiny, and daylilies just emerging:

May 1

May 1

Below is the same scene at the end of May–the poppies are just ready to bloom, and have taken over the path.

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June 17

June 17

Here is how it looked on June 20:

June 20

June 20

Then a few days ago I widened it even more by pushing back the daylilies:

July 9

July 9

The other garden news is the arrival of the high summer bloomers: echinacea, monarda, daylilies, and yarrow. Here are some pictures of them:????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????july garden 039