Six on Saturday – Dragging in the Garden – July 20, 2019

It’s been really hot. Temps in the high 90’s and today predicted to be 100 with a heat index of 115 Farenheit. And no rain in sight so I am dragging hoses around the yard trying to keep my gardens watered until we get some rain.

  1. I must admit I was tempted to take a seat on the bench this morning and cool off.IMG_9194

2.  Rudbeckia are blooming — and taking over this bed. In the fall I need to seriously thin this patch.

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3. Limelight hydrangea with an Arabella clematis that just keeps blooming.

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4. The hoops removed from rotted half wine barrels have been repurposed into a sculpture perched on the stump of a clump of river birch removed last year. The heaps of chips are from the huge load we got a week ago. They were not great chips as they had alot of leaves in them. Next time I’ll remember to get them earlier in the season before the trees leaf out.

I got them all moved around the yard but didn’t have the energy to spread them.  But we can pull the car closer to the garage now.  I can do a little spreading early each morning. The photo was post watering.

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5. I moved this crepe myrtle to another part of the yard several years ago. Apparently I didn’t get all the roots as it is now putting on a show with the other crepe myrtles that have begun blooming. Once established crepe myrtles don’t seem to mind the hot humid weather on the Eastern Shore.

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6. A baby pumpkin. Why do I keep doing planting squash that just provide a banquet for borers? There is probably a therapy group for people like me. Borers Anonymous anyone?

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That’s my quick six for this week, a meme started by The Propogator, a UK gardener. I learn something every week from the participating gardeners. This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in. #lovemygarden

 

 

13 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Dragging in the Garden – July 20, 2019

  1. You are amazing. Always look forward to Six on Saturday. My tomato plants look terrible. No leaves. Ones I planted in hay bales are doing great. May use hay bales in raised bed next year and forget planting in ground.

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    • The potatoes I planted in a hay bale gave up the ghost. I’ll have to find out how you did tomatoes that way. Lunch was nice but it was really hot. I was glad to leave when we got our checks. You made a good decision. Next year…

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  2. The temperature you have is the one I will have in 2 days, because a new heat wave arrives with temperatures around 100°F! Watering and shading necessary. Difficult to work in these conditions but it’s necessary!
    I’m surprised that your hydrangea is resistant to this heat, it must be well in the shade.
    Good luck and take care

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    • The Limelight hydrangea is not in the shade although it is on the other side of a trellis so may get some filtered relief from afternoon sun. It is the only hydrangea I’ve had any luck with. The heat is horrible. I’m spending time watering but things in my garden don’t get any special treatment like shading.

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  3. Crape myrtles dig the heat, which is part of why they are not so happy here. They are certainly worth growing, and should be reasonably happy. They just do not look like they do elsewhere. I still dislike them so, since they are so overly common, but almost never maintained properly. We will be adding several here this winter, which sort of makes me cringe. By the time they need to be maintained, I will not be here to do it.

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      • No, I have not, probably because I dislike them so. Not only are they too common, but they are almost never pruned severely enough to do well here. They get so congested, and then grow slower, and then consequently get overrun with homopteran insects, their honeydew, and the sooty mold associated with it. I think that the harsh weather in other climates is better for them, and prevents most of the congestion. ‘Crape murder’ is a poor excuse for not pollarding correctly. In our mild climate, ‘proper’ pollarding works very well for them. the new growth that develops every spring is more vigorous than the insects and diseases that afflict them. It eliminates much of the twiggy growth that the pathogens overwinter on, and also improves air circulation. I happen to prefer pollarding where it is practical. However, most crape myrtles do not really need to be pollarded if merely pruned to eliminate much of the congestion. Every cultivar is different.

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  4. Hi Mala, I sympathise. It is unusually hit here the next few days. I spent over an hour soaking one border last evening only for there to be a thunderstorm last night. Oh well. I have some rudbeckia this year. They certainly seem to be enthusiastic! I think I will divide them again at the end of the season.

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    • We were supposed to have a day and a half of rain yesterday but didn’t get much. Every little bit helps and the temps are down a bit. 10 degrees helps alot. But no rain in forecast now for over a week. That rudbeckia will take over if you let it and self seeds vigorously.

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