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Monday, April 30, 2012

Summer must be coming?



Summer must be coming because the Gladiolus are starting to bloom!


Gladiolus tristis
The marsh Afrikaner


This is going to be a lame post, because I am super busy. If only it was as easy to clone myself as it is to clone plants! I would have four of me, one to tend the garden, one to fix the proverbially broken tractor, one to mow the lawn, and then I could just sit back and enjoy my daughters softball games!


Seriously stay tuned though, because I'm working on a riveting expose of the infamous Fritillaria biflora X purdyi complex that is not to be missed.

This weird bulbous geranium thing that ate the label also reminds me of summer. The pot is literally so crowded with bulbs I think it sucked the label down and devoured it.


The weather: It's been off and on, like a light switch. It's supposed to get down into the 30's for lows this week. But next week they are saying a high of 84! Try explaining that to the tomato seedlings.


2 comments:

  1. The weather has been tough on Julie's garden too. She has been successful with her starts and seedlings growing in the indoor area and then moving out to the raised beds. The biggest problem has been the deer. Do you have that battle also and do you have any ideas that don't involve an 8'fence.

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  2. Hey Corby,

    I have had only minor deer problems, mostly they come around in late summer and hit my pepper plants. I have tried one of the motion sensors that turns on a sprinkler, that actually works pretty good, you just have to remember to turn it on you leave the garden....I think it's called the spray away. The dog keeps them out of the yard during the day, so getting a dog might help. Otherwise you can try some of the sprinkle on pepper stuff, like Cayenne on your new seedlings, supposedly the deer come sniffing around and get a big ole whiff of pepper up the nose. Other than that, a hunting license in the fall is a good way to get rid of them. The spray away works, you might just see your water bill go up if you have a really bad deer problem.

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