We just returned from two trips scheduled back-to-back. We didn’t do this madness on purpose. Bill had a convention, and the other trip to Kill Devil Hills could only be taken last week. I love vacation, but I’m also glad to be home.
The garden missed me. Rain stopped in the second week, and temperatures climbed into the 90s. I also made a couple of rookie mistakes. I didn’t turn on the sprinkler system–not that big of a deal really–and I forgot to ask my son to water the pots on the deck. Surprisingly, I came home to only a couple of dead plants in the pots. All were wilted, but are now thriving that they are well watered. I choose drought tolerant stuff for the pots and use large containers, but I was still shocked they weren’t all dead. Note, I came home just in time. We are setting up the container drip system this week. The large vegetable garden still awaits its sprinkler system. Note: Bill set up both of them last night. Plus, we got some rain this morning. The rain knocked down the heat a little.
I ran the drip irrigation system for everything else. You don’t realize all that you do until you’re gone. I need to weed, deadhead and weed some more.
This morning, I didn’t want to go outside and face the deadheading and weeds, but I made myself, and I’m so glad I did. I have many new daylilies blooming. They are exquisite creatures. I’m especially fond of several new Floyd Cove Nursery introductions. I invested in newer introductions because the garden will be on regional tour in 2017. Daylily clumps need a couple of years to bulk up before being on view. If you’re a daylily nut, you may remember that Floyd Cove was previously owned by Patrick and Grace Stamile. Guy and Karen Pierce bought it from the Stamiles a few years ago. I love what the Pierces are doing with patterned eyes.
I’ve worked all spring to get the daylilies staked and labeled. I still have a few without labels, but I’m working on rectifying that. It’s a tremendous job, but I also made a spreadsheet of every daylily I own, cross-referencing it with my other lists. I can now add and subtract from it. While doing this, I identified two unknowns. Records are sometimes very important. With over 40,000 daylily cultivars, it’s vital if you’re going to show or be on tour.
The back garden felt like a fairy land this morning, but all was not well in the kingdom. Mosquitos have invaded our prairies. Because of all the rain, we have multitudes swarming around. I put on some Botanical Off, and it’s not touching them. I need to find my Burt’s Bees insect repellent, or something else. Regular Off bothers my asthma.
I also worked in the large veggie/cutting garden. I still need to do 1/4 of it, but it got too hot and sunny out there to continue yesterday. I try to do hard work in the morning in spurts, and I often rest. Otherwise, I overdo and become a grump later in the day. The veggies are all coming along fine. ‘Glass Gem’ corn is sprouted and up. I did a lot of thinning. All the tomatoes look great too. I have three kinds of green beans planted and a new type of honeydew. I need to plant summer squash in amongst the flowers. I hope to thwart the squash bugs by waiting to plant and covering with row covers. I know it won’t stop them completely so I also have duct tape on hand to pull off their eggs. I plan to sow seed tomorrow after I get some straw or other mulch for the rows. I like straw because I can till it in later. We do till this garden because we move it around. I like no-till, but with Bermuda grass, I am limited somewhat in the best thing to do. Today I used a DeWit cultivator hoe between the rows. I bought this hoe last year, and I love how precise it is.
So, that’s my garden story for today. How is your garden coming along this spring/summer?