Rain is the big news at my Little Cedar Garden. It rained the entire time I was in Denver for the Garden Bloggers’ Fling. It rained when I returned home, and on Saturday night, Sunday morning and this morning.
As I went outside to grab these photos before church, the mosquitoes were thick. Eight landed on me, and I killed at least six of them. I’m fast. I hate those creatures.
I don’t mean to complain, but I am tired of the rain.
According to the Oklahoma Mesonet, Guthrie, Oklahoma received 15.34 inches of rain in May. I saw on the local weather Oklahoma has had over 62 inches of rain so far this year. Our normal rainfall is around 35 inches to give you some context. We’re only in June.
That seems impossible, but, apparently, it is not. Have I mentioned I’m sick of the rain?
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I must admit the garden is green and beautiful. The perennial garden, and especially the daylilies, love all this rain, but the weeds love it too as do the mosquitoes.
So, the first garden chores are:
- Weed the beds and check for mulch that washed away in the many hard storms we’ve had.
- Deadhead the daylilies. While I was out of town they bloomed with abandon, but each day I go out in the morning and deadhead. Do you have to do this? No, but the daylilies look better, and old blooms often impede new ones opening.
- Deadhead the roses. Do you want more blooms on your roses? Deadheading them tells the shrub to get with it and produce more flowers. Since the weather hasn’t been excruciatingly hot, they should produce another flush before fall.
- Cut back the asters and garden mums. This prevents them from blooming early. It doesn’t hurt anything if you don’t get to it, and they bloom early, but they also tower over everything else impeding the rest of the garden’s growth. Cutting them back is part of your garden’s best practices.
- Prune spring-blooming shrubs. If a shrub has finished flowering, and you don’t want fruit from it, now is the time to cut it back. That way, you won’t sacrifice next year’s flowers.
- Harvest fruit. I have a few peaches that survived the late freeze. Thank you honey bees for pollinating what was there. I also have blueberries on one of my shrubs in my containers. Blueberries ripen over time so I go outside and pick a few each morning to have with my cereal. I also planted another blueberry shrub this spring in another pot to get a better harvest. I may plant another one next spring as we are huge blueberry fans. I want to thank the bumblebees for their assistance in early spring pollination.
- Fix the gravel paths that washed out. Again.
So, that’s our chore list for now. I have much to do, but I’ll be out there tomorrow working hard to get things back together before I go on another trip. Look for a few posts about our Denver fling. We all had a great time, and now I want Rosa glauca for my garden too.