Six on Saturday – Getting an Early Start – 7-14-18

  1. It’s too hot to work in the garden past 10 a.m. I can begin watering early, but on this particular morning the colors in the sky beckoned me to walk to the water’s edge so I abandoned hoses for watching the sun rise on the Miles River.

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2. When I got back to the house a few minutes later, I fastened on my toolbelt and began working. I don’t know where I acquired this small toolbelt but I couldn’t garden without it. There is a place that perfectly holds a pair of Fiskars scissors. The orange handles mean I don’t often lose them. They are inexpensive and the tool I use as much as my Felco pruners. This time of year I carry a roll of plastic tape with me as there always seems to be something that needs tying up. And I always have to have something for a drippy nose.

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3. The dusty miller is blooming. I don’t remember seeing it bloom before. This variety wintered over in a pot where a slip of coreopsis was tucked in this spring. It keeps blooming as long as I deadhead it.  The  whorls on the upper left are the remainders of clematis blooms.

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4. Rudbeckia is beginning to bloom and will be gorgeous in another week or so. They droop in these dry conditions but perk up after watering. They are a reliable perennial in my garden withstanding flooding and drought and clay soil.

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5. The veggie beds are not producing well with the heat and dry conditions, but I am harvesting cucumbers. The bumble bees are busy on the cucumber blossoms. The *&%$ squirrels ate the two gorgeous Shah tomatoes I had a photo of last week. I was not happy!  My bed of tomatoes at the community garden is beginning to produce. I’ll be canning tomato sauce in a couple of weeks

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6. Quite a few of the Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum succulents) are sending up blooming stalks. The rosette at the bottom of the stalk will die so there will be some maintenance required on these hypertufa planters I made last fall. I have tried some of the other colors of sempervivums, but the green ones reliably winter over and spread for me.

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I hope you enjoy my Six on Saturday for this week. The meme was started by The Propogator, a UK gardener. This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.

 

 

 

19 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Getting an Early Start – 7-14-18

  1. I never have any luck with Rudbeckia. They never survive the winter. May have to give them another go. Lovely sunrise picture.

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  2. That first photo is a real prize winner. Makes me wish for a nearby river at dawn. Well, to be honest, there is an inlet not too far away, but I don’t seem to make it there early in the morning. Love the bumble bee in the cucumber blossom.

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    • The best thing I found in one of my compost heaps was a silver teaspoon from my kitchen. I am quiet careful now. As far as tools go, I often spray paint the handles of smaller tools. Neon green works as well as orange.

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  3. A girl with a toolbelt! It makes me cringe. I gave my mother my great grandfather’s (her grandfather in law’s) old hatchet years ago, and have never been able to get it away from her. If something gets in her way, she just cuts it down! She has a shovel too! Oh my! The HORROR! If I complain to my Pa, he merely tells me to stay out of the way. He does not care what she cuts down or digs up as long as she keeps growing rhubarb to make a pie for him whenever he comes to California. There are more important things that rhubarb!
    That sort of dusty miller seems to continue to bloom once it starts. I prefer to cut the flowers off to promote more foliar growth, but it does not work very well. It just keeps trying to bloom anyway. By August or so, I just let it do what it wants to do, and then cut it back over winter. It is nicely evergreen here.

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    • For many years I told my husband and kids that what I wanted for my birthday was a Bobcat rental for one day. I was handy with the chainsaw, but we lived on 30 acres then and there were projects that needed a Bobcat. That never happened but makes a good family story around the Thanksgiving table. Rhubard pie is pretty high on my list, too, but mine is rhubarb custard, a recipe from my Iowa born, farm raised mother. Sometimes I think that growing up with parents who lived through the depression is what makes me want to fix things rather than throw them out. It’s probably one of the reasons I wear a toolbelt.

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      • It is more than growing up through the Depression. It is also a matter of growing up with things that can be repaired rather than replaced. That is why I still drive my 1970 Dodge. It was the first car I owned, and has outlasted a few others. I can fit all the tools I need to repair it in a small toolbox.

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  4. I wear a belt for morning dog walks & when we get home, rip it off before taking off my boots or giving the dogs a treat. Wouldn’t be able to stand it in the garden, so am a trug sort of person. Saying that, your belt is a fab idea for people who can wear them, which undoubtedly are most. Sorry your veg are unhappy, but your blooms are doing fine. Very nice bee as well!

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    • It’s a small tool belt. I couldn’t stand to wear one of the larger ones with hammers and stuff hanging from it. This just gives me a couple of easily accessible pockets.

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      • Quite nifty looking too, w/all those pockets, & also looks durable & when wearing it, you certainly aren’t going to walk away from your tools. Great idea.

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