I knew it had to happen.... the other shoe finally dropped on my veggie garden. Now, who do you think is the evil little furry varmit that has been dining on my eggplant?! Is it a squirrel? Chipmunk? Rabbit? Raccoon? I say show yourself you miserable little guy.... or gal! And, let's have at it!
On the brighter side of things my Provider Bush Beans (from Johnny Seeds) are blossoming all over. Don't you think they have the sweetest little purple petals?
And, I've got more baby cukes than I can count. Time to get out the pickling stuff!
Walking through my garden this morning I stopped to admire our stone walkway. I love the cottage feel of the walkway with the moss growing in between the spaces, but I have to tell you that weeding this area is almost a daily chore. I don't want to use weed killer because it will kill the moss, which I love, so I hand pick each and every weed and doing the whole thing can take a good hour at a time. As you can see, I missed some this time. *sigh*
Another bright spot! The hydrangea is blooming!
But.... and there's ALWAYS a but..... my front perennial bed is loaded with fungus.
It started on the tall garden phlox and has now spread to the peonies (thank goodness they've finished blooming) as well as the cone flowers (I've never had a problem with fungus on them before), hollyhocks (no surprise there...), and foxglove. It's been a very humid and warm season and although I've been spraying with sulfur it's not working. As much as I love the phlox (and I'll show a closeup pic in another post), I'm really thinking of pulling them out this fall and replacing them with something else... something easier. It seems that all of the cottage flowers I love the most (tall phlox, foxgloves, and hollyhocks) are notorious for having fungus problems and powdery mildew. Usually we don't have this problem until mid to late August, but this year with the early hot and humid weather we are fighting it earlier than normal. I'm not sure what that will mean for my late summer garden.... thank goodness for Rudbeckia because if everything else looks bad at least these winners will put on a show.
PS... Do you ever get discouraged by some of the perfect gardens you see on blogs? I know I do. There are some bloggers whose flower gardens don't have a single bug hole, fungus speck, or yellow leaf. How do they do it? Is it good luck? Creative cropping in a pic? Selective picture taking? Use of non-organic chemicals? Or, just plain hours and hours of hard work and gardening experience? I'm in my garden constantly (any more and I wouldn't time for a job or a life!), and just can't seem to get in front of these problems. I'm almost ready to give up. Please let me know the secret because it's giving me an inferiority complex.
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