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Summer Seed Plantinbg Experiment: Perennial flowers. 7.14.18
Randy, your porch is beautiful and a nice place to sit with a fresh brew of coffee and whatever appeals to your taste buds. A lovely meditation spot.
I can almost smell them......so pretty!
A few flowers around the yard. Finally starting to get caught up on mowing so I can stop and smell the flowers;
Plus some flowers on a chestnut tree. Most of the flowers are male. That might be due to the youth of this tree.
Beautiful porch by the way. How much time does it take to water all those flowers?
Randy, why can't they be insured?
"It's about 4 years from planting the (milkweed) seeds." What does that mean, Daniel, oops, Loam?
A little clarification: my house is separate from my farm (5 miles). I've lived here for 41 years (107 yr old house). The farm land has been in my family for 154 years (now 120 acres).
We received 4" of rain in 24 hours, flooding fields and basements. My raspberries took a major hit being pelted with large raindrops. But that's nothing compared to the damage done on the organic vegetable plants at the farm. Hopefully, they'll recover. Unlike soybean and corn fields, they can't be insured.
Joan, good luck with those flower seeds! I hope you will keep us posted!
The cleome, bachelors' buttons, and cosmos have not germinated yet, but it's only a few days. With weather in the 90s, they may not grow. Also true for the last sweet corn that I planted. Watering daily.
Joan, thank you for the reminder about dead heading. I have some roses that need it now. The daylilies have only just begun to bloom. This year, I want to taste-test to see which daylily flowers taste better. Last year, I sometimes just broke off flowers and munched them. They are mild, crunchy, juicy. Good in a salad.
Randy, you have a great looking front porch. I'm very impressed that your home has been in your family for so many generations. Reading about your raspberries, I checked my blackberries. Some are starting to turn red now. I did eat a handful of mulberries today. We picked 5# of sweet cherrires, and enough tart cherries for a pie.
A milkweed plant. These flowers are very fragrant. It's about 4 years from planting the seeds.
Geraniums. I keep them dry for the winter, in the garage, then start them up again in Spring. Each year, they get bigger and more lush. There is a Four O'clock plant among the geraniums. I think it's from a 2 or 3 year old root.
The tallest of the chestnut trees, planted winter 2016. This one bloomed, but only one flower was female. Another chestnut also bloomed, so I placed its male flower up against the female on this tree. Who knows if a chestnut will result.
Red raspberries are in "full force". Hard to keep up picking--and beating the Japanese beetles to them. Cloudy day, so the picture isn't too great.
Second photo is of my front porch (still a cloudy day).
Oops--photos reversed somehow.
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