July was a productive month in the garden – but what’s growing in my garden now?
That weed I struggled with has been defeated by aggressive roundup application and digging (and thank goodness for a friend who chunked out the vast majority of the digging in one night.) I’m still working at it, slowly sifting through soil to remove any trace of the damned roots. And there are so many roots – here’s a big pile of ’em.
The veggies are coming along nicely. I’ve had a bunch of salads from the Salad Blend Red Wing Lettuce Mix from Heirloom Seeds, and a bunch of cherry tomatoes. And here’s where the story turns sad.
My tomato plants are wilty. :(((((
I went to Home Depot to find some tomato food. And, after a discussion with a couple of employees about wilty tomato plants and a look at a ‘problem detecting’ app, we determined that my tomatoes have a fungus of some sort. Heck if I can remember the name of the fungus, only that it’s a fungus and makes plants wilty. Like my cherry tomatoes. I’ve sprayed them exactly once…with another application coming soon. We’ll find out later if it’s too late in the season to promote new growth.
They did this last year, too. I got healthy plants from a local, reputable greenhouse and plopped them into the ground round about Memorial Day. The plants take off immediately, creating little flowers and growing little green cherry tomatoes. And, about four weeks into the ground, they wilt and stop making flowers. Many change color and are edible – and delicious. And just as many don’t do a single thing. So just when everyone else is loaded with tomatoes to the gills, I’m in a tomato void.
Weep for me and the tomatoes. And look at the pretty flowers instead. Here’s a Stargazer Lily.
This is at my front door and -the few weeks it blooms- there’s a delicious fragrance. The phlox explode in July and, at anywhere from 3-5′ tall, they stand up and stand out. Here’s one variety.
And another – these guys are nearly as tall as I am – but bend over to almost touch the ground. One of these years I’ll have to stake them…
The daisies are also standing tall and proud throughout July and into August. They’re probably 4′ tall.
The roses are mostly done except for a couple stragglers, and the Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan) are just opening.
The veggies, as I said, are coming along nicely. Except the tomatoes, grumble, grumble, grumble.
Yellow and green beans galore. Although I noticed this morning that THEY’RE starting to wilt too.
Here’s a look at the area where the evil weed was removed. What should I plant in here? It’s on the North side of the house, gets no morning light, and several hours of intense afternoon light. It holds moisture, too. And -some day in my dreams – I’d like to put a patio in the area. What would you plant?
The blue chair I painted a few years ago. The green chair I found at an estate sale and spray painted. And the rusty white thing in the right-hand corner is an old clothes line pole; there’s a matching one clear across the yard. While I love the smell of freshly-laundered clothes hung on the line, the reality is that (ahem) I nearly choked myself walking around/under the line – so down it went.
And here’s a picture some of the plants in my front yard. They’re mostly succulents that I put out for summer, bring in for winter.
And finally, the lacecap hydrangea. July is a wonderful time for lacecaps – must get me some more hydrangeas of all sorts!