Late Summer Musings

This time of year I look at the garden with a critical eye. What worked? What didn’t? I mentioned on Facebook that I was thinking about writing a book called “Mistakes I Have Made,” and my friend Lynn made me laugh by saying that her book would be called “Mistakes I Have Made Today.”

It’s easy to forget, year to year what your plan for the garden was. Taking pictures through the summer helps remind me what I liked and want to grow more of, and what I need to pull out and compost!  Here are some random pics from the past couple of months.

All the agastaches (hummingbird mint) are keepers. Blue, red, pink or yellow, we love them! And so do the pollinators.

All the agastaches (hummingbird mint) are keepers. Blue, red, pink or yellow, we love them! And so do the pollinators.

Rudbeckias make great plants for the garden or large pots on the patio. They say SUMMER with every petal.

Rudbeckias make great plants for the garden or large pots on the patio. They say SUMMER with every petal.

Our new sign really classes up the joint.

Our new sign really classes up the joint.

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It’s been a pretty good year for tomatoes, despite the cold, wet start in May.  We were too busy, and then the weather was weird, so I didn’t get plants in the ground until the second week in June! They’ve caught up, though, and we’re getting a good harvest.

The hummingbirds are starting to leave for warmer climes. We’ll miss them!

Hummingbird at Agastache 'Joyful.'

Hummingbird at Agastache ‘Joyful.’

This week we started replanting the slope garden. This little garden has been the bane of our existence. Like anyone who has grown plants on a slope knows, it has its challenges. It’s hard to water, so we’re trying to only do plants that can withstand drought.  And the gophers! Just when things get going, they tunnel through and destroy stuff. They don’t like everything, though, and we’re finding some plants they can’t–or haven’t yet– killed. It’s a work in progress, but I think it’s going to look pretty good next spring!

We listen to you, our friends and customers, when you tell us you are looking for something special in the nursery. As you walk through your own garden, and muse on plants that did well or plants that failed, take notes! Send us your thoughts. We already have a long list of requests, but it’s not too late to email us with something you want for next spring. We’ll do our best to grow it.

 

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August Flowers, Birds, Butterflies, and Bees

Hummingbird at Leonitus leonurus.

Hummingbird at Leonitus leonurus.

The main garden in August.

The main garden in August.

Aster 'Chilly Wind' and bee.

Aster ‘Chilly Wind’ and bee.

Butterfly on Gaillardia 'Mesa Apricot.'

Butterfly on Gaillardia ‘Mesa Apricot.’

Black-chinned hummer at monarda.

Black-chinned hummer at monarda.

Tomato harvest.

Tomato harvest.

 

 

 

 

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