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Summer Seed Plantinbg Experiment: Perennial flowers. 7.14.18
We have also lost many gardens due to heat. Everything seems to get fried, & no matter how much watering is done, it doesn't prevent it. The drainage here is so fast.
Im not crazy about extremes. Summer is so productive and the flowers are so beautiful, so I like that aspect.
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.
Patrucia, you got that right! The hens are standing around with their wings spread out wide, to cool off!
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.
Very unpleasant in my books!
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!
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?
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.
Echinacea must be the proper name for coneflowers. I have plenty of them.
As an aside, I'm not a Martha Stewart fan. Ugh.
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