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What's Going on in the Garden

Well, the past six weeks of near constant rain and lower than usual temps haven't been too unkind to the garden, in spite of my near-neglect.

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After several years of struggling with my neighbor's growing trees shading the roses around the patio; plus the aphids, japanese beetles, and mildew that plague roses when you don't want to use chemicals, I surrendered. I took up the roses that hadn't done well, only saving an old spray-flowered shrub rose and one climber. Hydrangeas have done very well for us, and I love the flower heads that change color all season. So, I bought a few more, moved the climbing hydrangea from the back garden to the patio when my neighbors replaced the fence; and aim to eventually have the patio totally surrounded by hydrangeas in white and blue, with white impatiens in front. I love how white flowers look at night when we're sitting outside.

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We had glorious clematis for two lovely weeks.

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The perennial sweet peas are going to need to be tamed next year. They tried to take over the fence and the driveway.

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Here's part of the back garden today.

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The tomatoes are very happy.

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We picked the first sungold last night!
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Potatoes are doing well. Yukon Golds and an early red-skinned.
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We're not going to get many grapes this year--so many of the early grapes just withered.

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Comments (3)

I love the idea of the blue and white hydrangeas, Amy. Your garden and patio are beautiful!

Aren't sungolds wonderful? I thought I was getting only one plant this year, but the cherry tomato labeled as a sun sugar (red) turned out to be sungold as well, so I've been eating dozens of them every day.

Do you always grow potatoes? I never have, but I've been thinking about it because I love the tiny new potatoes so much. Maybe next year.

Amy:

Chris, I began growing potatoes with the kids at school a few years ago. If they can survive four year olds, they can survive anything. They take up a fair amount of space, but all you need to do once you have the bed prepared is throw them into the ground, and put some additional dirt on them every now and then to "hill" over the Summer. And the plants are attractive until early Fall, when the stalks die down.

Kim:

I wish we had enough sun for a garden...

BTW, I was admiring these flowering bushes while on my walk Saturday but didn't know what they were called ... Hydrangeas! Thanks for clearing up that one!

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