We did get more rain this month, but it was not enough to match the many days of temperatures over 100 degrees F. I am hoping still for more rain to keep the plants healthy and growing.
Gardening Zone: 7a
May High Temperature: 106 degrees F
May Low Temperature: 73 degrees F
Precipitation: 3.59 inches
Last year when I planted this perennial bed, I merely wanted to add plants that have long-lasting blooms and to attract some more butterflies and hummingbirds.
Little did I know that those plants would attract many of these beautiful visitors. On any given day at any given time, there are anywhere from five to 16 butterflies in this perennial bed. The Tiger Swallowtails make up the largest number.
|Tiger Swallowtails on Buddleia|
|Red-spotted Purple Butterfly on Joe Pye Weed - Eutrochium purpureum|
The hummingbirds like the gladioli and the agastache. The butterflies like the buddleia, agastache, and the echinacea. And the other pollinators like them all.
|Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Gladiolus|
Other visitors to the garden find whatever they need in the surrounding area.
|Common Whitetail Dragonfly|
I pruned some of the hydrangeas and made some bouquets out of the blooms.
Soon there will be moonflowers...
The clematis seed heads are open wide and reaching for the sky.
|Clematis Seed Head|
The Black-eyed Susans have come out right on time.
Limelight Hydrangea is blooming.
I bought two of these hydrangeas recently, but they were not marked. I found them at Home Depot which is supplied by Bell Nursery. The nursery staff were not able to help me identify them.
Does anyone know what variety this hydrangea is?
-stems are burgundy
-blooms are round, mophead
-blooms start out as white, then turn to shades of white, green, and purple, then green and brown
In the garden:
Swiss chard, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, squash, beans, okra
|Bell Pepper - California Wonder|
I have not had as many squash bugs this year. I often see birds in the garden, and I suspect they are helping with the pests.
One squash hid under the leaves off in the corner and grew large with a very bumpy texture.
And I have lots and lots of tomatoes.
In the herb garden:
basil, Thai basil, lemon grass, sage, parsley, chamomile, tarragon, oregano, dill, cilantro, thyme, savory, lavender, rosemary, apple mint, chocolate mint (mints are in pots)
The herb garden has really filled out, and there is lots to harvest.
sowed next round of bean seeds
continued edging planting beds with empire edging
fed pepper plants with Epsom salts
fed tomato plants with compost and bat guano
pruned tomato plants
chores for August
sow next round of bean seeds
sow fall crop seeds
continue edging planting beds with empire edging
clean out bird nests
prune back English ivy
Note: I have been incredibly busy as of late and have found myself barely able to keep my head above water. Although I have tried very hard to keep everything on my plate, I find that I must manage things a little differently for a short time so that I can find a bit of sanity. So, I will leave you with this post for this month. I plan to return on the first of September for another post and hopefully with my regular posting schedule. Enjoy gardening and enjoy your August!
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