It’s been a long time since our last chat. April 23rd to be exact. Spring flowers were bursting on the scene, daffodil harvest for the “Growing Kindness Project” bouquets was in full swing (and the project taking lots more time than I’d anticipated.) I think I told you that I was frantically preparing for several group visits to the gardens, and a big luncheon as well. Seeding, transplanting, and up-potting were taking over entire days. Tuck in the preparations for the garden club plant sale and erratic weather that kept most of the 5,000 plants growing in the basement IN the basement requiring a lot of babying. Because of anticipated groups visiting and the GKP, there were lots of earlier than normal in-ground plantings that also required frost cloth on, frost cloth off, frost cloth on, …well, you can easily get the picture. This old lady took on a bit more than she could handle!
So, here’s the beginning of the update. On April 24th Mother Nature decided that it was time for SUMMER, and temperatures soared into the mid and upper 80’s with drying winds. The plants that like cooler temperature (calendula, stock, ranunculus, pac choi, etc.) were suddenly stressed and unhappy. Frost cloth and plastic had to come off everything. Daffodils came and went so quickly, that not all of them made it into bouquets as planned. The early, mid and late tulips nearly all opened at once, and they suffered as the wind whipped them right and left.
The warmer weather also meant it was planting time, so I was desperately trying to get the baby perennials, statice, Bells of Ireland, more snapdragons and other things in the ground. It also brought up the weeds which required removal.
Of course, as soon as new things were planted, the rabbits had a new diet! I don’t think I’ve ever had so much rabbit damage, and it still continues despite over $100 in Liquid Fence applied. I think they feel it’s just “salad dressing!” The yarrow, sunflowers, giant yellow hyssop and rudbeckias mentioned in a prior post were simply appetizers. As soon as the strawflowers and statice were planted (inside the netting fence!) they disappeared.
The ground finally dried enough that I could get loads of mulch where I needed it, so the potager’s paths got a much needed face-lift. Shoveling mulch is a slower process each year as I age. Next year, I think a helper would be a great idea!
That’s enough for now, because today’s job list is waiting and some things just can’t be put off any longer! Hope you have a great day, wherever you are!
I think the weather has been wacky for everyone this Spring. Everything here is a couple of weeks or more late in blooming/coming up, and the cherry harvest (my favorite), it is said, will be a fraction of what it has been in years past.
Oh you are a hero for plants. I will not tell my woes because they are just pitiful. I did join the GKP but you need cut flowers to make it work and I don’t think day lilies count. Maybe next year ,after removing some of the day lilies things will improve. Carry on ….you are a hero.
You have been super busy! Those rabbits are so annoying, aren’t they? I hope things settle down a bit for you. Stay well.
They actually just had a new round of babies, so it does not seem very hopeful damage will lessen!
I feel tired just reading that! You are amazing and I am so sorry some of your hard work has come to nought because of the weather and rabbits.
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You need help with all your planting, Carolee!
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