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rich r BS: How did your garden grow this summer? (43) RE: BS: How did your garden grow this summer? 03 Sep 99


I grow perrenials and tomatoes. Best tomato crop in several years and I didn't have to engagne in very much moisture augmentation. The perrenials had an above average season. Most of the 40 or so varietites of iris bloomed in June this year perhaps about 10 days later than usual. Many clumps need dividing but I haven't done it yet. If you do it early, you lose that years bloom. Then the mosquitoes come out, then it gets hot, then it gets cold and it's too late. Maybe next year. The 50-60 varieties of daylilies put on a good show and there are still a couple of stray flowers around. The early woodland wildflowers and the later prairie wildflowers were solid. Monardas were exceptional this year. Several varieties of geraniums did better than others. Several varieties of hostas got nailed by slugs about mid summer. I had two bunnies, they did some severe pruning on some asters but also seemed to spend a lot of time out in the lawn munching on the too common clover. The flower beds were dense enough that I could share with them. They got to be moderately tolerant of my presence and not run away immediately. The black hollyhocks put on their usual fine show in mid summer. Still waiting for the asters, boltonia and mums to bloom.

rich r




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