A Southern Summer in the Garden

June 23, 2014 at 8:02 pm Leave a comment

DSCN1313Our first wave of serious summer weather just passed in sunny Richmond, VA.  The number of hours spent working in the full sun gardens were limited by heat indexes of 100+.  For my friends and family up north this is a measurement of what the air feels like when factoring in the relative humidity to the air temperature, aka humiture.  It is beastly uncomfortable as you sweat just standing still in the thick hot air.  Regardless, the summer chores fill the never ending list of things to do.  Last week’s rains spurred every weed seed to germinate and grow overnight. This week we spent a lot of time weeding, cutting back the spent blossoms of peonies and manually removing algae from the Japanese Garden pond.  We found sawflies enjoying the hibiscus, flea beetles on the eggplant and residual spruce mite damage on the junipers surrounding the Three Graces reflecting pool.  The confederate jasmine is still blooming and the annual bedding plants are finally coming into their own while a number of evergreen trees are showing signs of winter’s damage with brown needles or small sections spotting a tree.  The late spring filled with cool weather has delayed the gardening cycle about 10 days and so the typical Father’s Day peak of bloom for the daylily bed is still to come.  However, Marie’s Butterfly Trail is glorious and filled with every pollinator imaginable for this time of year.

Happy Digging!

Peggy Singlemann

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