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Thank you Joan, Spud, Patricia, Randy, and anyone I missed, for your comments. Being able to share is like having neighbors or family walking through the garden and orchard and yard and flowers, together. It makes me happy in this difficult world and gives me hope.
Today I spread fir bark dust mulch on the border by the woods, which lead to a ravine that has a running river in winter. This is the area that I cleared 2 to 3 years ago, from blackberry brambles, planted perennials that I intended to compost, as well as rhodies, cypress trees, and a dawn redwood. It's also planted with many Spanish bluebells, camassia, snowdrops, and daffodils. Deer like this area, and my goal was that if something was going to be eaten, so be it. For example, they are the Spanish bluebells, four o'cocks, and muscari but not daffodils, peonies, or echinacea. It's turned out pretty nice. Last year I spread arborist chips, which suppressed most of the weeds for a year but is self-composting. So this time, I spread bark dust to see if that lasts longer. That area also has bearded irises, which I read can not be mulched, but I wonder if that's other mulches. The bark dust seems dry and might prevent disease? I don't know.
I visit this area every day, and sit on a bench made from stumps and a big board, and ponder.
I'm very sore, so that's it for today!
There are two packages of daffodils,, from Bi-Mart, to plant. Maybe tomorrow!
Loam, you never show too many flowers or photos. Your work inspires me.
Randy, I think Zinnias don't take much care. I grow them as a row crop, sort of like radishes or beanss or onions. That way it is easy to weed between the rows. Same with the cosmos, although it's rangy and needs ore room.
I wondered if these pawpaws would survive the summer. It was so hot and dry, in the 100s and no rain for many weeks. I had a difficult time watering, but I did try to water the pawpaw trees once weekly, for most weeks. And they have a leaf mulch.
The apple in the photo is average size, Rubinette. It's quite good, but is here for comparison to the pawpaws.
I love flowers. Wish I could/would spend more time cultivating them. Keep the pics coming!
Nice looking "wild" flowers, Loam.
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.
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