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Some Ugly Irises. 5.23.2020
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.
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.
Sad about your trees Randy.
Wow, that's too bad, Spud. We've had a unusually wet summer. I bet next year, we'll switch positions.
I'm a little bummed out seeing a pear tree die. And next to it is a grim looking persimmon tree. Wonder if it's the soil. Something's killing them. Two newly planted fruit trees aren't faring too well, either. "Suckers" at the base of them are the only evidence of life.
Garden wise, I've cleaned out all my corn stalks and weeds. Potatoes and onions are dug up. Sweet potatoes have another month. New leaves on collards and kale look promising. No worms! I planted snow peas a couple of days ago, but I don't imagine they'll grow to maturity before our first frost.
Most months get around 1 inch.
June gets an average of 0.98 inch. It did this year, but it was in the first half. The second half of June had no rain.
July gets an average of 0.63 inch. None this year.
August gets an average of 0.59 inch. None this year.
September gets an average of 0.83 inch. None so far this year.
Hasn't rained here, more than a few drops, since June 18th. That's 3 months, and none in the forecast for next week.
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