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Comment by kathy: ky on May 31, 2017 at 12:30am
I always have great luck starting plants from cuttings. Trees and shrubs anyway. Things with rigid stems. Not any luck with flower cuttings. I think they take more patience than I have.
Comment by kathy: ky on May 31, 2017 at 12:25am
Beautiful photos. I noticed yesterday my aster has bloomed. Not aster! Which one is it that blooms in heavy shade?? I hate when that happens!
I feel for you Daniel. I've taken up all the yard work except the mowing. Mowing the two acres, plus everything else, is more than I can find time for. We pay a friend to come and do it. With all the rain it's having to be mowed every week. Sometimes more often.
I love the alliums but I don't think I get enough sun for them. I scattered sunflower seeds on the side yard that's been lying fallow for three years. The rock hard red clay has turned into workable soil after being bedded down with straw and leaves, with some compost thrown in, for that time. I forgot to tell the man who has been mowing to leave it. I may have to bed it down with straw again if it starts washing off. There's some grass and some weeds growing there that I've been leaving to help hold the soil. I hadn't decided what to put there. With all the cold and rain, and everything else, I haven't had time to give it much thought :(
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2017 at 7:20pm

Of course, a horse chestnut tree! I didn't have one in my yard in Spokane, but a neighbor did, and the squirrels planted many in my garden, which I quickly pulled out. It was too big for my little city lot and all the other things I grew. 

I wonder if Laura and Larry would go along with having running ducks? They are so pretty, they have interesting behavior patterns, they eat slugs and they don't tear up vegetable gardens. I'll have to approach the topic gently. 

Daniel, your yellow rose has a very nice shape and the bud can stand up to any other variety. Your alliums remind me of my home. That gives me a comforting feeling. 

I like your decision to thin the buds to get bigger fruit. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 30, 2017 at 12:34pm

I like those purple allium globes.  Very attractive.  The yellow rose is also.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 30, 2017 at 7:15am

Daniel, gardening is suppose to be enjoyable. So, yes, you might need to cut back on some things. I'll sit in a lawn chair to allow my lunch to digest, but before 5 minutes are gone, I see a job that "can't wait". That's no way to relax. Nice photos, by the way.

I planted two more rows of corn yesterday. I like to stagger plantings to lengthen the season. However, my earlier plantings are a total failure. The cold and wet spring has caused the seeds to rot, evidently.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2017 at 4:11am

I enjoy seeing these lovely roses, they lift my spirits. I am not familiar with the beautiful pink flower. 

The chickens and ducks look healthy. Are ducks as destructive to gardens as chickens? Both species provide excellent nourishment to growing things. 

You ask a good question about the name for the female duck. The search is on: 

"A baby duck is called a duckling, and an adult male is a drake. An adult female duck is called a hen or a duck, and a group of ducks can be called a raft, team or paddling. Generic terms like bird, chick and flock also apply to ducks."

https://www.thespruce.com/fun-facts-about-ducks-387094

So, you have a raft of ducks or a paddling of ducks. I didn't know that!

Comment by kathy: ky on May 29, 2017 at 8:50pm
I transplanted some sun flowers today. The bed they came from were volunteers from last year's flowers. Some places were thicker than hair on a dogs back and some were thin. They didn't even wilt down and it was hot today. But they are just seedlings. A lot of them went beside the chicken coop so I'm hoping they will help shade it and help keep the hens cool. Plus they're very pretty.
Comment by Randall Smith on May 29, 2017 at 7:48am

I was pretty upset to find 3 of my 4 kale plants laying (lying?) inert on the ground, evidently chewed off by a wascally wabbit. It didn't bother to eat the leaves. I got 4 replacements (from my kid's organic farm). Like so many other plants, I'll cover or fence them up at night.

I pulled a bunch of radishes yesterday and froze them. I googled how to do it. Hope it works.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 28, 2017 at 1:53pm

From what I read, the white fungus is good for gardens.

Comment by kathy: ky on May 28, 2017 at 1:25pm
We're having more rain and storms : (
Now it's hot and humid. Seems we just can't shake this weather front.
 

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