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I took a walk around the gardens today.  IMG_6752It was HOT out there!  The plants are feeling the heat as well.  Fortunately, most of the gardens are being watered by drip and spray, set up by our wonderful landscaper.  However, it is SO dry and hot, that the plants will enjoy any extra beverage we can supply.  (Just like us!)


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There are a few things I noticed that would probably help our gardens survive and look better.

  • Quite a few gardeners are forgetting to “dead-head” their flowers.  It is important to do that.  A plant is always trying to generate more of itself.  If it’s neglected, it thinks it’s out in the wild somewhere, and will try to generate seeds so when the plant dies, it will be propagated.  The flower is where the seeds are formed.  So, get rid of dead flowers.  Not only do they look unsightly, they will ultimately weaken the plant.  (Having said that, if you really want to get seeds leave them alone.  But, it won’t be pretty!)
  • I noticed in a number of beds, tall plants are planted in the front, hiding the little guys.  If you want to see those little flowers, put the tall plants in the back of the bed, or if you have  center, free-standing bed, put the tall ones in the center.  Smaller plants should always be planted in the front.
  • Many of the tall plants are not staked.  As they grow taller, they become vulnerable to tipping.  All they need is a stiff breeze, and “bang” those tall stems bend, leaving the plant looking pretty sad, and the garden unkempt.
  • If you do water, remember to water DEEPLY.  The roots should be heading downward, where it’s cool, rather than up, toward the hot, dry surface.IMG_6755
  • There are many lily’s that are either still gorgeous, or some having gone by.  In all cases, should you pick them, be VERY careful of those rust colored stamens.  If they brush against your clothing…you’ll be very unhappy because they stain, and you’ll never get that stain out!  It will not hurt their looks at all if you carefully just snip those rust colored stamens off.
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PEONIES

Today when I walked around our gardens, I saw a number of peonies in various gardens.  BUT, only Drucilla’s had a cage (support) in place.

This is the time to get your peonies supported.

The flower stems which are already forming, are LONG and HEAVY!  They need support, or the first rain will have them lying on the ground.  Then the flowers are so heavy, they never recover to rise again.

If you are unsure of what a support looks like, IMG_6291you can use a tomato cage, or other means of holding those branches up.  Here’s a photo of Drucilla’s peony.

By putting the supports on now, you won’t break the branches.  It allows the plant to grow into and around the cage.  This way you will hardly even be aware that the cage is there.

If you wait until it is larger, you risk breaking the flowering stems or the branches, plus it looks “forced”.

Here is a website I found which gives additional information for peonies in Washington State.  You might find something particularly interesting here.

While I was cruising around, I found Jane doing a little gardening!  Talk about throwing yourself into the task at hand!  GO JANE!IMG_6290

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