A personal record of what's going on in my Northern Michigan zone 4 gardens. I use raised beds and grow organically. Nothing fancy--just trying to garden with nature in mind.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Garden Update Sunday July 29, 2012

The big news for the week was RAIN....and lots of it.  After having gone 22 days with nothing, we received 3.05" between Thursday and Friday. What a relief. My tubs overflow-eth!

The local nurseries are putting things on clearance, and though this is a NON-gardening year, I couldn't pass up these hollies that hubby has been coveting for the birds. Half price!

And I am totally in love with my Miscanthus 'Morning Light' and found 2 reduced to $4. Sold!

And I love the variety of succulents out this year but the prices were high. Half off meant I could get a few to fill a clay bowl.

The Donkey Doo is breaking down rapidly and so I took the recent rain and cool temps as a chance to start putting on an edge to prep for planting next spring.


The Perovskia is really putting on a show. It's gotten huge this year. I'm glad deer don't like them!

The butternut squash is growing by leaps and bounds.


A misty morning in the garden.

Hope you have a wonderful week.

31 comments:

  1. Beautiful pics again Sue. Love the last one with the Sunflowers nodding. I need to start lurking at the nurseries to see if they've got anything on sale.

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    1. Tami-hope you find a "goodie"--though with your second growing season coming up, maybe they don't reduce things?

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  2. So happy to hear you got so much rain. The things you got on clearance look so much better than anything available up here. (Yes, jealousy rears its ugly head.)

    Every time you show pictures of your garden, I see more space and your gardens look bigger and bigger. I wish I had your mind for landscaping and could make it all come together as you do. (Yes, jealousy rears its ugly head.)

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    1. A lot of the big-box stores have lousy looking clearance items, but this particular nursery actually CARES about their stuff. I think the lady in charge thinks the plants are all her babies, and it shows in how good the stuff looks.

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  3. Sue, I'm glad to hear that you have received the much needed rain. We have had rains in Nebraska but none in my area. We are starting day 39 without rain and the forecast indicates no rain in the next 10 days. Even the weeds are struggling to survive. I've never seen a stretch like this without rain and extreme heat.

    The garden is still doing OK but I'm still hauling about 800 gallons of water a week to keep it in production. The heat has moderated just a little and the temperatures have now stabilized in the middle 90s. I never thought I would be glad to see 95 as a temperature but compared to 105 with heat index higher, it's a relief. My water tank for the garden at the house (Urban Ranch) only has about 4 inches. I'll have to put some water in that tank as well. I'm really surprised that water rationing hasn't started yet.

    Have a great rain soaked day.

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    1. Oh, David, I sure hope your situation improves. I know after 3 weeks of high temps and no rain, I was REALLY starting to get discouraged. It's hard to keep a "chin-up" attitude when you feel that hot and dry. Gardeners are a tough bunch, and we can say oh, there's always next year. But deep inside, I know how badly I want rain and cool temps and it just really seems endless at times.
      Hang in there!

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  4. 1/2 prices at nurseries? I think I know where I'm going today... :-) As always, LOVE your garden!

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    1. Thanks, Anke-have fun and good luck!

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  5. Such a difference rain falling from the sky makes...

    For a non-gardening year, you're hardly in neutral!

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    1. I have no pots/tubs/barrels loaded with blooms and no big displays of anything in the flower department this year, but I gotta have my taters/onions/garlic and green beans to get me through the winter. I can work around our travel schedule for those ones.....thank goodness!

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  6. Wow everything just burst after a good rain. The Perovskia is just glowing! Love it!

    With All That I am
    Carrie "The Handmade Homemaker"

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    1. The Perovskia must have gotten five foot around this year (it's 4th year)--it's pushing over all the deer-chompled flowers and I'm glad I have SOMETHING in that spot for show. And showy it is! Have a good day, Carrie!

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  7. Your gardens look spectacular. Congrats on the rain, send some here in Kansas will ya?

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    1. Greggo, I sure wish I could!
      :)

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  8. What a beautiful sight. A rain soaked garden. Your Russian Sage is a stunning cloud of purple. Great finds at the nursery. They should be happy in th rain watered soil at your place. Enjoy!!

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    1. Thank you , GonSS.
      My sand is happy happy happy and so am I. Now if that rain would just keep spreading to all our neighboring states-that would be a good thing.

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  9. I am SOOO glad that someone is enjoying moisture!! Your russian sage is BEAUTIFUL. .and I am in envy!! Mine is growing, but the blooms are so pale and sparse, surely because of this dreadful heat that just won't stop!!I love end of the year clearance!! Good for you!

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    1. Thanks, Melanie.
      I sure hope you get some relief from that heat soon. Really soon!

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  10. So glad you finally got some rain!

    I don't know how much we got, but it was a lot less than 3 inches. I think more is expected tomorrow.

    Your Perovskia is beautiful!

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    1. Zoey-well, glad you got some too. Thank you!

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  11. That last shot is gorgeous! Love your overflowing water bin! Enjoy!

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  12. Lovely! My Russian sage was taken over by a huge clump of ornamental grass this year due to my laziness, I saw a few lavender blooms sticking out and felt so bad :(

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    1. Next year, Erin, --next year.
      You gotta keep up with those tomatoes!
      :D

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  13. Hi Sue, What do you use the tub of water for? Garden? Great to find things on sale! I agree your Perovskia is beautiful! Mine is crowded by other plants! Wonderful squash growing. Looks like you have a lot of room to grow. What will the new space be planted with? Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy
      The water is used for all the flowers around the house.
      That new space is practically the only shade I have on the property. I'm going to have to figure out something that loves shade, but that the deer hate. It's going to be a tough one........

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  14. I am pleased to hear you got that rain, and that you found some bargain plants. I have found a few, too, but we are only being teased by the clouds, sending us handful of drops, then off they go.

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    1. Oh, Sue-I'm so sorry about your spotty rains. It's certainly been a bad year for growing.

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  15. It will be interesting to see if the rampaging deer leave your holly alone. Unless I completely cover mine with plastic fencing each winter, the deer eat it down to the ground. I hope they leave yours for the birds.

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    1. Oh, Karen-that's good to know-thank you! I shall cover it. Hubby has been wanting holly just about forever. I'd hate to see that disappear like my flowers did.
      :0(

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  16. found your blog through 2 men and a farm. Really like your pictures of your home and garden. I am from the Pacific N.W. tomorrow we will get rain after 82 days of no rain. we broke the 1922 record. As most know, we are known for our rain and wine. I am a native p.n.w. and I have never disliked the rain.

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