End Of July 2015

For record keeping, what follows is a running list of monthly garden activity I haven’t mentioned in journal posts:

  • Planted pots of basil, both Sweet Thai and Genovese, on the deck since slugs are feasting on basil in herb garden. Important to remember for next year! early July
  • Pond’s water lilies provide color all summer. early July


  • Hubby transplanted overgrown rock rose and some lithodora from pots to area above the driveway’s rock wall. early July
  • Daylilies in bloom at top of Lupine Hill. early July
  • Watched as one baby robin hopped away from nest led by parents, but one dud egg was abandoned. Moved amazing nest to the deck. mid July


  • Picked and ate our first tomato from the Early Girls. mid July
  • Thanks to all our wonderful cherries, this is cherry pie month!! mid July


  • Sunflowers are growing well along one edge of veggie garden. Varieties are “Autumn Beauty” from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds & “Ring of Fire” from Territorial Seeds. mid July


  • Gladioli  blooming profusely, especially new varieties of fiorentina and espresso. mid July


  • First dahlias blooming! mid July


  • Conquered chicken destruction (for now) with combo of plastic utensils and black netting. mid July
  • Cut back all Pacific Giant delphiniums near end of bloom time due to mildew. mid July
  • Made great, huge  platter of Salade Niçoise for lunch when Son visited. Homegrown lettuces, eggs, and beans with homegrown garlic in the dressing (soon potatoes, too) end July


  • Both Clematis viticella ‘purpurea plena elegans’ mentioned here as challenged, have gathered steam and bloomed through July. end July




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