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Alice Wachenheim in her Rose Garden. Early 1960s.
I love to look at beautifully coloured flowers!
Please forgive me if I post too many flower photos. With some flower experiments going nowhere this year, these give a sense of peace, and hope, and wonder. I look at them every day. They grow unprotected, and most have been blooming for months.
Joan, I like your ground cover choices, especially portulaca. It has beautiful flowers. I also like the looks of purslane and clover.
I liked the clover in our lawn when I was young. I remember looking for 4-leaf-clovers and found ones with 6 or 7 leaves.
This spring, you thought it would be a good idea for me to give my avocado tree another year to see if it would come back. I left it, but one day I touched it and it felt loose in the ground. I gave it just a slight tug and it popped out. The roots were totally rotted.
I took down the little greenhouse I had around it and now have corn there. I planted them at least a month late, but I looks like I'll get some.
Daniel, your yellow echinacea is lovely! It will give you years of pleasure. I had a clump in Spokane and loved it. I also had a patch of white and of course, I had the usual purple. It provided me with a lot of pleasure and they were not difficult to grow, not the least bit fussy. The self-sowed into masses.
I must admit, I had automatic soaker hoses that kept my garden well watered but not overly so.
Daniel, I agree, stop fighting nature if we can. I have made the meadow my wildlife viewing place and that is where I watch the birds, deer, and that chipmunks remain after our very effective and efficient cat cleared them out. I try to make safe places for them, however, the cats outsmart the little critters and me.
I have my garden in the greenhouse and on the terraces but I am going to have to put up some kind of barrier if I want flowers. I have a couple of experiments going, one using deer resistant plant choices and the other using electric wire if L & L approve. If they don't go along with my idea, I will figure something else out.
You deer photos give me peace.
Joan, thank you for the ground cover information. It's good to know. If I remember, I'll look for white clover seeds during my next trip to home depot. They've had them before.
Spud, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you to get more rain! I was thinking, if I had the ambition, I could grow an avocado in my sunroom. But I don't have that much ambition now. I admire you for yours!
Patricia, what's next for your harvest? We are winding down for most of ours.
Today I cleaned up more of what was formerly a bed for sweet corn, and after that onions and garlic, and 3 years ago was blackberry bramble. Now without planning to make it so, it's a bed for bearded irises. I planted a few more. It will be nice if they do well and bloom next May. I also bought some daffodils, some "Heirloom" California Softneck garlic to try growing, and a yellow hybrid echinacea. Can't call it purple coneflower if it's yellow!
These are a big determinant of what I try to grow, and how I try to do it. One of my resolutions is no more planting trees that will need protection from deer. I have fenced areas that I will continue to use for deer and rabbits, for some of the vegetables. Today there is a family of a doe and 2 fawns that are nearing adulthood. It takes a lot of eating plum trees, apple trees, pear trees, cherry trees, squash plants, tomato plants... to make hundreds of pounds of deer. If I don't grow stuff that I have to protect, then I can enjoy looking at them and not feel like I'm at war.
Photos are today. Sometimes I get close and they look at me like they want to say "OK. I dare you to get closer!". I'm guessing, since the tail is black, they are "blacktail deer."
I'm sorry to learn of all the lost trees and the long periods between rain. We had a heavy downpour yesterday.
All our time and energy goes into trying to keep the smelter from being built in Newport and the effects it will have on the forests. I am going to a meeting tonight where a forester will be discussing the impact of smelter discharge on the forest --- not good, I hear. I hope to talk with him after his presentation.
My prediction of drying soils, drying forests, massive fires appear to be his message.
Daniel, yes, I use weeds as a groundcover, but I am selective in what I use. for example, purslane is an excellent protector of soils,
purslane (portulaca oleracea)
portulaca (Portulaca grandiflora)
Broadleaf Plantain (Plantago major)
My avocado tree died from the cold winter. If I buy a new one, I'll make sure I build a much better greenhouse for it to grow in before I buy it. I'll also modify the soil to provide better drainage. Maybe I'll also put a heating cable in the soil.
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