Hot and Dry

July 16, 2011

It seems like almost a month since we had a good rain.  The grass is going dormant.  I watered the shrubs today and a few other new plants.

A few weeks ago I took this picture of the drought garden I planted last year.

The zebra grass is more full this year.

Shasta Daisy ‘Alaska.’  We have a lot of daisies in the yard and frankly the past two years they have been kind of a mess as the fall down a lot.

Liatris ‘Blazing Star.’  Behind the yellow coreopsis you can see the Joe Pye Weed just starting to get some color.  In the top left corner is boltonia, one of the tallest perennials in the garden, and autumn blooming.  On the right is the bluebird house.  I was very sad this week to find two dead baby bluebirds in the house.  Was it the heat or can we improve the house?

Hummingbird clearwing moth.  Looks like a hummingbird, but it is really a moth.  The eggs produce large hornworm caterpillars.

July view of vegetable garden.  The zucchini patch gets so big it is hard to get over to the left side of the garden to check on tomatoes and beans and refill the bird bath.  Morning glories, zinnias, daisies bloom, and now the nasturtiums are starting as well.  The cucumbers, in the front center, have a lot of flowers, but I need to water them more to get cucumbers. Potato plants are looking sick.  I better pull one up and see what is happening now.  Peas are about done, but swiss chard goes on strong.  Fennel, in the left front corner, is getting ready to bloom.  Still lots of lettuce.

I took my ice cream pail out to collect vegetables this morning, but I was too late on these three huge zucchini.  They had to go back in the compost pile.  What with busy days and mosquitoes, this duty gets put off.  Notice the green bell pepper to the left of the nasturtium.

Garden sightings this week:

Cowbird – a parasitic bird that lays its eggs in other birds’ nests.

Gray mouse in compost pile.  I took off some of the brush and gave the compost pile a good watering.

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