August, where did you come from so quickly? The heatwave of July lasted right through the month and the ground and flowers are parched. Enjoy a peek through my garden gate for July.
The rose of sharon started blooming just after mid July. I tired an experiment this year by cutting off a few bottom stems at the beginning of the season and potting them up. They all seem to have taken so I’ll have some new little shrubs to plant next year.
Despite the drought the Russian Sage has grown tall and has lots of blooms that the pollinators love. I cut some of the hosta flower stalks and the Russian sage to put in a vase on the deck. Lovely scent from the sage.
Along with the good in the garden comes the bad. A gypsy moth caterpillar was discovered one day and there were lots of moths flitting around. They are hard to capture but one landed on the front window and I was able to get a photo of the underside of it and a couple from the outside. I love the double shadow in the bottom right photo. These are not welcome in any garden as they lay eggs which turn into caterpillars which will destroy certain trees. Every day I’m looking for more of them and hoping to destroy them.
So there is the good, the bad and now the ugly (and bad too). The tomato hornworm which turns into a five spotted moth was discovered on the tomato plants. A pair of them got cut off and went for a long underwater swim. Luckily I discovered them before they did a huge amount of damage to the plants. Now a daily task every day is looking to see if there are any more.
The other bad critter that I’m been woking at eliminating is the heliopsis aphids. I’ve been spraying with Neem oil and it is working. There are fewer and fewer of the aphids on the plants. This project has been a success.
Another plant that has bloomed well during this dry spell is the Polish Spirit clematis. It grows in the corner of the trellis garden.
The birds continue to frequent the feeders and there were lots of young ones being fed by adults. The young oriole was enjoying the liquid food along with the male adult oriole. The young goldfinch now fends for itself at one of the seed feeders.
We didn’t spend as much time in the garden during July as it was so hot. We have also been able to venture out a bit more as restrictions are lifting. We have visited a few of our favourite places during the weekdays. On weekends we stay at home as there are just too many people visiting our area from places that still have a very high count of covid19. I’m hoping August will bring us some much needed rain to bring the rest of the garden back to life again.