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Planting Annual Flowers, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tomatoes. 4.23.18
The rain makes pulling weeds easier ... and our area lakes are once again filling to capacity. A few days of sunshine should bring on more fruiting in my garden. :)
Daniel, Ning's bee meadow of last year is the inspiration for mine. With all the rain, I have plenty of plants just no blossoms yet.
Daniel, again, I'm reduced to jealousy and envy. Why do you torture us so? Magnificent photos of a beautiful setting. Woe is me.
After all that HOT weather, we are now having April showers. Too cold for seeds to sprout. I will probably have to reseed everything I started the last weeks.
Don, what a magnificent progression of your garden. Your temperatures must be at least as cold as it is in Newport, WA. We had unusually hot weather and now a streak of near freezing and rain. I'm sure the seeds can't decide whether to sprout or stay dormant.
Daniel, your iris look stunning! What a beautiful variety you have. It looks like you have some iris pallida variegata.
I like Ning's Bee Meadow. It looks as I would like to see in our bare ground. I will nurture the soils and attempt to create such a place of beauty. Please tell Ning that I like his plan and will try to duplicate it.
We are still in a messy phase of gardening. Because we took out so many trees for a fire break, disturbing the soil, and creating a place for the greenhouse has made a greatly disordered area to be restored. The soil is pure sand with an occasional streak of clay. I tested the soil pH, 7+- throughout.
My fall and bout with a blocked bowel knocked the wind out of my sails, even more than the cancer. I have some challenge to get busy, however, yesterday, with clippers in hand, I trimmed up some of the forest edges and loved every minute of it. I came in very weary and satisfied. The fire danger declines with each of our activities, making me feel safe and secure in my new forest home.
Bird feeding stations all along the woods edge should draw in some birds. I play song-bird tapes during the day. We live very close to the headwaters of the Little Spokane River, and the Pend O'Reille Lake and River and dozens of little lakes left over from the Ice Age and Missoula Flood surround our property. Deer, elk, moose, and an occasional brown bear and bobcat wander through.
Dominic, this splendid black Lab stays by my side wherever I am, in the forest or the home. He leaves me only to check on my new little great-granddaughter, Brooklyn. She is now ten months old and almost walking.
I am content here.
iris pallida variegata
Fantastic! Your bee meadow is so beautiful!
Right, Randall. I fertilize with Miracid and with organics, and I mulch with pine needles, but still have problems--except for the two that bear well. It's odd. Friends with similar trouble have told me they've had luck transplanting to a different spot. So far I've been too stubborn to try that.
Sorry about adding the "e" to your name, Don. Inadvertant. I can commisserate with you about your blueberry bushes. Over the years, I've planted maybe 20. 3 survive, one barely. Acidy soil is extremely important, and mine is highly alkaline. I add aluminum sulfate to bring down the pH.
Also on the left (green now) is a black currant bush in it fourth year.
On the left are 8 highbush blueberries. I've had some trouble with them down through the years. Two have thrived, two have endured, and the others have been replaced more than once. Don't know why. This season, two of the newer ones budded and leafed out well, but now some stalks seem to be dying back. Must be something in the soil. I probably should give up on the plantings that just have not worked and put new ones in elsewhere.
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