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Garden Journal June 10th

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amazing garden, love the stones!

(Hi worried garden hen!)

I really love these journal pages - it lifts me whenever I see one! And I am very jealous of your hummingbirds - being a UK based gardener I have no reasonable expectations of ever being able to attract a hummingbird!

we have both Mule and Whitetail deer in my 'hood and I noticed yesterday that someone had trimmed the hollyhocks to the 3 foot level.

My mother and I have noted that deer love the scarlet skyrocket (Ipomopsis aggregata). It tends to grows in disturbed places that are difficult for deer like steep banks and road cuts. They love to come by and eat the flower heads probably because of their generous nectar for hummingbirds. I suppose in a state of complete nature it grew where it was somewhat protected by predators. Huh, there is a thought. A plant the grows near the lair and haunts of some beastie and has essentially zero defenses against being grazed.

Hummingbirds are always magic.

Yesterday, I spent a bit more than half an hour clipping and covering thistle. I think I took out a plant I really like, but... creeping thistle. We must all make sacrifices, awesome orange plant. And by 'we' I mean 'you'.

*Whoa* do I want a proper garden.

That is gorgeous. August is to the south what February is to the north--the dead time.

Lovely garden, and poor worried hen. I wish we had hummingbirds but that would be difficult considering we aren't even on the right continent.

That is a lot of bricks in that pathway. The plants are nice too, but...man, bricks don't grow themselves. (then again my version of gardening is to throw plants at a thing until the plants win and then hurriedly cut the plants back, whereas rocks need to be _placed_)

Well, she did lay a LOT of stone after returning from Botswana.

What's the tripod in large photo?

I've had moderate success using Copper Fungicide (aka Copper Sulfate salts) against powdery mildew on Zucchini. My lilac bushes cant seem to shake it though.

Too bad about the Coneflowers. They're supposed to be Deer resistant, not that that necessarily means squat if the deer is hungry enough. Have you tried Repels All? Its dried blood, egg & garlic oil, it works fairly effectively on rabbits and dogs (seriously, my dog tries to eat the morning glories and lettuce straight off the plant)

Coneflower: Echinacea Tennesseensis

Actually, that's an E. purpurea--I've got the Tennessee coneflowers in the back, since rabbits will eat them down to the ground in a heartbeat, but they're much less enthusiastic than the E. purpurea or the E. paradoxa, (though better than E. pallida.)

This is the first year they've bloomed--hoping they'll re-seed!

Ah, Swing and a Miss. The GF and I saw Echinacia Tennesseensis this weeked at The Cedars of Lebanon State Park near her Nasvhille Home. We're big wildflower people. Always nice to see others find them as wonderful as we do.

Years ago, here in my adopted hometown of Huntsville, a friend and I came upon a couple of Yellow Lady Slippers in bloom beside a well traveled trail, and dang if I didn't have my camera with me. I've never seen them since. (sigh). Probably nabbed by an Orchid Thief. That's been known to happen around these parts.

But getting back to your cone flowers, they're quite lovely! Are you a fan of wildflowers in general? I've always loved the way that they can spring up wherever they like. A little beauty in the midst of the rubbish from time to time, like the Black Eyed Susans who annually sprung up in the motorpool at the Cable Company where I spent a few interminable years before going back for my Masters.

I'd like to take the liberty of telling you about my friend George Wallace's (no relation) blog "What's Blooming Now." He is quite the photog, and the wildflower enthusiast. Meg (GF) and I met him on one of our weekend hiking outings in Tennessee. here' s the link: http://wallacegeo.blogspot.com/

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