Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Loam Gnome on July 15, 2018 at 9:10pm

Im not crazy about extremes.  Summer is so productive and the flowers are so beautiful, so I like that aspect.

Comment by Patricia on July 15, 2018 at 8:57pm

Oh the poor things!

Personally, I do not like summer in any way shape or form. Heat makes me headachy, nauseated, dizzy, & the drenching sweating is most unpleasant.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 15, 2018 at 8:14pm

Patrucia, you got that right!  The hens are standing around with their wings spread out wide, to cool off!

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 15, 2018 at 8:11pm

Randy, cone flowers.  There is something called corn flower, I think, but the cone shaped flower of Echinacea gives the name.  That's my theory, anyway.

Comment by Patricia on July 15, 2018 at 8:11pm

Very unpleasant in my books!

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 15, 2018 at 8:09pm

Today was too hot in the garden.  102F.  Not humid but still...   I did mow in the am, and a lot of watering.  Summer's here!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 14, 2018 at 7:09am

Daniel, thanks for the info on blackberry species. I'm going to look them up. My wild ones just don't measure up.

"Corn" or "cone" flowers? I always say cone. Am I wrong?

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 13, 2018 at 2:14pm

Randy, you are right.  Echinacea is cornflower.  I think they are native in your area, but not here.  They are nice to look at, pollinating insects seem to love them, and deer and rabbits leave them alone.

Today I dug up the first of the garlic.  There are some nice heads in there.  I also dug some potatoes. 

Here are some more blackberries.

Prime Ark Freedom. - A very new introduction from Arkansas State University.  Once established, this cultivar sends up canes in Spring that bear fruit in the same fall (Primocane), but also bears on year-old canes, now.  I like these more than the Columbia Star - juicier, and more berry flavor.  Some people don't like the seeds.  I don't mind the at all.  Very vigorous and no thorns at all.  none.

Columbia Star - A trailing type, the Western type of blackberry.  Also a very modern cultivar, I think form Oregon State University but I could be wrong.  Not bad, also totally thornless and I think the seeds are the same as Prime Ark Freedom.  Some people say these have smaller or few seeds. 

Ebony King - old cultivar, supposedly thornless (but not really.  but less than the invasive blackberries).  Most days I think these have better flavor than the other two.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 13, 2018 at 6:17am

Echinacea must be the proper name for coneflowers. I have plenty of them.

As an aside, I'm not a Martha Stewart fan. Ugh.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 12, 2018 at 11:35am

Randy, that's thoughtful of you to plant them for others, since you don't care for them.  I don't know if I do or not - I just like growing stuff.

Gooseberry/rhubarb - nice!  I can't grow gooseberries here.  Some kind of bug strips them bare and kills them.

Joan, I thought about electric fence.  I think I'm at a stage were I need to streamline and cut back some.  After this, I have a shed to build, then I think that's all I want to do, construction-wise.  I've learned most of the plants that get eaten by herbivores, and when.  I just need to be diligent and make better choices.

Here are some flowers those animals don't touch.  Just starting blooming. 

Echinacea - grown from seed 2 years ago.  I read they don't like the Pacific Northwest winters, but here they are.  I might plant some more again.

I keep having to divide and replant the Crocosmia.  They do really well here.  Nothing eats them, and they don't need watering.  Hummingbirds love them.

I plant zinnias and marigolds in rows, like vegetables.  Martha Stewart would scoff, but I like them this way.  Just starting to bloom.  They also don't need water and the herbivores don't bother them at all.


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