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Godless in the garden

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Comment by Loam Gnome on July 15, 2018 at 9:30pm

That's a hard thing to have happen.  Hope this year is better!

Comment by Patricia on July 15, 2018 at 9:15pm

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.

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.

 

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