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Bearded Iris Summer Care and Planting Some New Ones. 7.21.19
Rufus and the cow. What an interesting meeting. Makes me wonder why they got along so well.
Daniel, that scene of Rufus and the cow is delightful! What great pals; do you suppose the cow would go with you on your walk? Then your majestic ducks making their quacking way right in line; I don't know about the chickens, but if you put some grain in a pail and rattle it every now and then, the whole flock will get right in line. This kind of reminds me of "The Bremen's Town Musicians."
Hahahaha.......she's so cute. I guess they'll just have to visit.
I guess you'll have to adopt her for your dog!
That's so cute!
Loam, I chose early, "short season" varieties, but we have some savage late and early frosts. We live on the north side of Mt Spokane in a system of ridges and valleys. I have seen two commercial greenhouses go out of business near Newport since I started coming here. The elevation of Newport is 2,142′ and we live up a valley of a watershed that flows into Priest River out of Priest Lake. It is an incredibly beautiful place.
I choose Canadian seed companies for some of my seeds and get good results with zucchini and cucumbers.
I will try your suggestions next year, using the greenhouse to start them and transplant them into the boxes when the soil heats up to 50°F.
Monarch butterfly on a Milkweed (Asclepias)
The most common varieties are:
orange Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
pink Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
white Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)
red Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
There are dozens of other varieties from which to choose. They all have beautiful attributes.
Milkweed grows easily and many call it a weed; it is anything but a weed, it is the major food source for Monarch butterflies. It is a beautiful plant, tolerates drought conditions, and self-sows. You do not have to replace the seeds each year, the plants reseed themselves. They come in red, orange, and yellow making a showy display in the summer garden.
This is a welcome caterpiller in the garden, it feeds on the milkweed plant and then produces the most lovely of butterflies.
I envy you corn growers, my corn crop never produced corn silk last year and this year, all I got was tall grass, a total failure. Next year, I will try pre-sprouting corn in Jiffy pots in the greenhouse and planting the seedlings in the raised beds and in the small patch I prepared beside the greenhouse. I doubt we will have enough well water to support these experiments, but it is worth a try. I love corn, freshly picked and cooked within minutes.
If you have any ideas, please share them with me. I live in former USDA zone 5, changed to zone 6A. We have a short growing season, colder than Spokane, and I don't believe we are in 6A. I plan for 5B.
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