Dear Carol, Mary Ann and Everyone,
Although the perennials are doing well, as I write this, the vegetables seem lackluster to me. I am impatient for vegetable bounty to adorn my table and my stomach, but I am still waiting. The tiny zucchini still appears to be growing, and so do the tomatoes, but nothing, alas nothing, is edible except a few paltry ‘Sungold’ cherry tomatoes. Those I ate while hoeing. Carol, you’d be proud.
Do you discern from my writing that I’ve been reading Regency novels? Nothing could be more true. I just finished And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily Mysteries, Book 1). It was fun, but back to veggie talk.
Mary Ann, I took your advice on the diatomaceous earth. It seems to have stopped the damage. I also dusted the two tomato plants which had the most hornworm damage with Bt, Bacillus thuringiensis. I haven’t seen any hornworms since. I didn’t dust the other plants which were unaffected.
I now remember why I like bush beans better than pole beans. Every year, in the garden magazines, I see these charming tripods covered with beautiful bean vines. This year, I fell for their charm and ordered only pole beans. However, for some reason, in Oklahoma, the pole beans are not productive. They grow and grow with very few blossoms. I now remember that I had this problem one other season when I grew them. Perhaps, it’s the heat discouraging them from setting pods. Bush beans grow quickly and bear the same way. Disgusted, I planted some bush beans this week, ‘Top Crop’. We’ll see how they do.
Last night, on the 4th of July, we received 3/4 of an inch of rain. It never rains in Oklahoma on the 4th. The cold front that came through was sorely needed.
Carol, I’ve heard a rumor that you bought some daylilies. I am ecstatic.
nola at the alamo says
Love the colors of the Eyes on the Prize; I like the 4 o’clocks about to bloom around them, too! That dahlia is spectacular, I’ve never seen that color!
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Hi Nola, thank you so much. The first two blooms were a bit muddy, but now it has settled in to look pretty good. I do need to move some of the daylilies this year which don’t go with anything at all.~~Dee
Ashley Ann says
Dee, a while back I had emailed asking you advice for a flower garden I wanted to start. You asked me to send you some pics. I wanted to let you know I posted some on my blog (you might have to scroll down a post or two). There is still much to do, but I think it is a good start. Thanks for your help!!!
Ashley Ann, I’ll be right over. Can’t wait to see it.~~Dee
Dee, the colors of the dahlia and the daylily are so dramatic! Love them!
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Tatyana, thank you so much.~~Dee
What a beautiful, deep chocolate dahlia! I love dahlias very much and became smitten with them last year. Great post, loved the pictures!
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Hi Jamie, thanks for stopping by. Isn’t that color just beautiful? I hope it blooms more than it has.~~Dee
Same here Dee not much for eating I did however pick a crook neck squash yesterday.
Curtis, what is up with our Oklahoma gardens?~~Dee
Mr. McGregor's Daughter says
That’s a gorgeous Dahlia you’ve got. I’m still waiting for mine to do more than put out leaves. I’ll have to check out that book series. I could go for some fiction that takes me out of the modern world.
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MMD, thank you. I hope you like the book. It’s a big change from science fiction.~~Dee
Carol, May Dreams Gardens says
Dee, the rumors are true, I did buy some daylilies, and will post about them soon. I also had the same problem with pole beans, lots of leaves and vines, but no beans. You’ll be happy to know I picked a mess of bush beans this morning! I’m happy to hear you’ve been hoeing in your garden, too!
.-= Carol, May Dreams Gardens´s last blog ..Letters to Gardening Friends, July 5, 2009 =-.
All I can say is Woo-hoo!!!~~Dee
Kathy from Cold Climate Gardening says
I was thinking it doesn’t look hot in that picture, though I’ve been told otherwise.
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The last few days have been blissful.~~Dee
Cindy, MCOK says
The triangular bed is just gorgeous … love that picture with the lake as backdrop. I’m glad you got some rain and cooler temperatures.
.-= Cindy, MCOK´s last blog ..Through the Garden Gate: Monday, June 29th =-.
Cindy, I wish you would get some.~~Dee