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I totally missed the July bloom day! Oops. I kind of missed June’s as well. It was a crazy week last week. Hubby and I had gone on a trip to WVA to stay in a friend’s family cabin for the weekend. We had a great time. But I woke up around 3:00AM Monday morning with a lovely bout of what was clearly…food poisoning! Hubby’s started around 6AM. I had to call out sick from work (note: food poisoning in two people is EXTRA FUN when you only have one bathroom!).
I’ve had some things I’ve had to deal with lately that have meant a lot of days off work. Having already taken a one week vacation in May and having already scheduled another in September, that all adds up to me having to take some unpaid leave days this year. So I tried to make up as much time as I could during the week (I made up about a half a day) so I wouldn’t have to take as much leave. PLUS my parents are at the beach this week, so I had to feed and care for their plants and cats on the way home from work. PLUS it was my aunt’s birthday so I had to take her gift to her, AND it was my dad’s birthday ON bloom day! So I didn’t even realize I’d missed it until yesterday. (There are literally about 10 family and friend birthdays in July. Add in June, too, and it gets a little crazy.)
So here are some late bloom day pics for ya.
This balloon flower is in a pot right now because it didn’t work where I had plunked it last year. It might find a home in the shadier rain barrel garden, which accidentally has kind of a purple/blue theme.
Don’t worry, I won it from the wonderful @indygardener at May Dreams Gardens! I’m hopefully outside enjoying a day off today for Labor Day, so I’m future posting this from the past. First, please enjoy the photo in the paragraph below of me looking like a big dork with my new CobraHead. I was excited! Feel free to click to see the dorkiness in full-size. And the camera only fell off the grill it was propped on for a self-photo like 3 times.
I really like the CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator! It’s advertised as a “steel fingernail” (in other words, this is not a pry bar, dummy). It can do a ton of stuff – weed, help plan small plugs or transplants, cultivate soil (ie stab at it with this thing to mix it up when it’s too hard or compacted), etc. I’ll probably use it for all of that, but I already tried it for weeding. Works like a charm! First of all, I will say that it had rained the day before I did this little video, so you do have to work a tad bit harder when it’s dry outside. But still – this is great! Usually every day when I wander outside to check the veggies and deadhead, I end up pulling a ton of weed grass from our gravel driveway. Inevitably, dirt gets all up in my fingernails and it’s gross. I definitely won’t grab this each day before my wanderings, but on the days I DO, it’ll both keep my hands cleaner and make the job easier. Win-win!
Here’s what I was doing for part of the rest of the day…
Also, check out this little guy I came across! Apparently he was living in the grill cover. Hubby hadn’t put it back on the grill in a few weeks, so it was balled up and sitting in a chair on the deck. I guess it had a lot of water in it from heavy recent rains, so he made himself at home! He flopped out when I shook out the cover to put it back on the grill, and after composing himself for a few minutes on the deck, hopped off to find a new home. Sorry, dude!
Sorry – bad about posting lately. Busy, I suppose. I got outside and did some deadheading today and planted one of my double coneflowers. I tried to plant the rest of the stuff left, but the ground is just too frigging hard. It did rain today later on, so maybe that helped. But I told my hubby that he’s going to have to help me plant them the next weekend he’s off, because I just can’t do it! I am very bad at digging holes. Had fun last night, though – got to go out with a bunch of friends to celebrate bdays at The Pub (yes, it is called “The Pub,” I’m not just being fancy). And with that night ends the crazy month and few days of birthdays!
I plan on getting out this week and getting some updated pics of my veggie garden. In the mean-time, here is the load for CSA week 4 (my half). I am LOVING the white cucumbers, and the crazy green striped squash is yummy! Also kind of excited to try the white eggplant – I haven’t liked them when I’ve had them in the past, but I really WANT to like them – so we’ll see.
Between the CSA and my garden, I have a LOT of tomatoes right now. I still have this many, plus another quart container I picked today. Time for more salsa, I suppose. I’m proud of my hubby, though – he has never liked tomatoes (likes them in sauce and stuff). Lately he’s been trying them! I actually used to not like them (the goo freaked me out) and I still pretty much never eat them when they aren’t bright red and fresh, so I get where he’s coming from. But it’ll be MUCH easier to use them if he likes them in things besides salsa and sauce!
I rarely see monarchs at my house – usually it’s the blue and black butterflies. So when I saw this guy, I ran and got the camera. He likes the zinnias (as do the other butterflies). I have one gigantic zinnia in the veggie garden that a goldfinch likes, too! They pick off the petals, but that’s OK with me. Now if he could only find his way to the other side of the house where the finch feeder is…hmm. My hubby says he’s been there all week long. Yay!
My hubby whipped two of these up in an afternoon a few weeks ago for well under $20 for the pair. The squirrels have finally discovered the bird feeders, so we put this on the opposite side of the yard to distract them even a bit. We had been looking at the online, but he figured he could make one for cheaper. They very much like it – we’re probably going to end up buying these corn logs because they last a lot longer (the things that aren’t eaten yet in the pic). Sorry about the artsy shots – I didn’t realize I had the yellow color isolation on after taking some flower pics, but it looks kind of fancy, so meh.
Posts will prob be few this week/month. July is the month where there are pretty much at least 2 bdays a week Craziness! Yesterday I went to my parents’ for my aunt’s bday, today took the cats to the vet, gym tomorrow, Wednesday is my dad’s bday, Thursday I have to pick up CSA food again, Friday going to a concert in Baltimore, then this weekend family is coming to town and we’re doing my dad’s bday again and going to a Nationals game – so I want to get the house cleaned up and some stuff planted before they come, but I’m not sure when! Ack.
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OK, now that that’s out of the way…Happy Bloom Day! I missed the last bloom day because I was in Hawaii (!!!), so lots of fun updates. Today I bought some coreopsis (moonbeam, limerock ruby, and a variageated 2-tone one I forget the name of). I used 2 to fill in some spots where I planted the carnations a bit far apart and to cover up the fading carnation blooms (foliage is nice all year). Hopefully this pairing will work out. The third one went in a pot that will soon be featured in the “my fave pots” series.
I also moved a few herbs that had been potted into the place where I pulled the bolted lettuce, and finally pulled the pansies in the front beside the steps – replaced them with some orange gazanias and dusty miller (we’ll see if I like it). So here’s the list, more or less…
- asiatic lilies
- easter lilies (about damn time!)
- stella d’oro daylilies
- fragrant returns daylilies
- happy returns daylilies
- harlequin flower (but I have yet to see one in full bloom – do they bloom and fade all in one day??)
- mardi gras helenium
- arizona sun gaillardia
- all the annuals, or course
- spiderwort (sweet kate and standard)
- the mystery pink rose
- a few dianthus still
About to bloom:
- white, pink, and red coneflower
- rudbeckia – black eyed susan, cappucino, cherry brandy
- sunshine helenium
- frans hals and mystery dayliles
Has baby veggies:
- cayenne peppers
- banana peppers
- roma tomatoes
- big boy tomatoes
- 100 super sweet cherry tomatoes
- mystery heirloom tomato #1
- royal burgundy bush beans
Has flowers but no real veggies yet: (all the rest)
- jalapeno peppers
- 5 other mystery heirlooms