In the wake of of it all though we found that our gardens are tired of all the rain that has recently found its way here in Hunterdon County. Can we see a forecast without some sort of moisture in it? The next seven days don't look to promising but we will remain positive and pray for sunny skies.
Although we had a few sprinkles early on in the day, the skies gave way to several hours of sun which gave us time to clean up, blow off and get our garden "ON!"..
So, let's review the "Good" the "Bad" and the "Ugly"...
Definitely a "Good" in my front perennial bed..
A Maple sapling that I decided to plant just to see what happens!
A new tomato that I brought home... This one is especially grown for "Sun Dried" tomatoes.. Yummy!
I had Bartlett Tree Experts out to my house today inspecting trees that needed to be pruned and even removed. While they were here I received quite an education on the varieties of trees I have in my landscape. This beauty happens to be a "Black Gum"..
While walking in the woods I found one of my favorite native plants that I've grown fond of... I wonder why they call it "Jack in the Pulpit"?
Do you know why they named him "Jack"? To me he looks like a "Peter" but that's a discussion for another day..
Definitely another "Good" here. Although, you're probably wondering
"What? Why"? There's a saying that goes, "Once you plant Cleome.. you always have Cleome". This definitely is the case around my vegetable garden. Not only is it an undesirable plant for deer but just wait until you see the tall flowers that appear later on in summer..
My beans are surviving the recent North Eastern rains for sure!
My little experiment.. I'm growing butternut squash in this hanging tin can display..
I was tired of getting confused as to what kinds of tomatoes I was picking last year due to the fact that the tags were lost. So, this year I pinned them to the cages.. Clever huh?
The money I spent on my camera last year just reminded me that it was SO well worth it. Not bad for a weed huh?
And then there's the "Good" in the Drumstick Allium. Did you know if you let these flowers dry on their stems you can spray paint them and use them in future flower arrangements?
A "Good" look on an old flower.. No, I've not created a new flower, but rather combined two .. a yellow Petunia fits perfectly as a frame for a "Summertime Osteospermum"
While this may look "Bad" it's actually still in the "Good" category as the yellow leaves on this Holly are giving way to brand new growth this spring!
In the past I've always planted pink impatiens in the front bed, this year I was turned on to red and white.. add the blue I'll be getting later with some of my later blooming perennials and I'll have a patriotic 4th of July!
Now for some "Bad".. Recognize this little caterpillar? When I was a kid I thought they were cool with the shapes on their backs, now that I'm smarter I know that they are "Tent" caterpillars and mean trouble with a capital "T" and while they mature to moths, they are gypsies!
No I didn't spit on my plant, it just so happens to be a "Spittle bug".. creative right? While it looks like it's bad.. it's really just annoying than anything else. Someone needs to teach "Leaf Hoppers" some manners as that's the bug that usually come out of these gross displays of spit! They actually use the foam to protect them and keep them moist. Why now is beyond me with the two weeks of worth of rain we've had.. They should be drowned by now!
Now for some "Ugly"... how about a gel like mushroom growing off a tree. There's nothing like taking a break while you're gardening and thinking, "Oh, let me just rest a minute against this tree here.." Only to lay your hand over this gross fungus...
How about more "Ugly"? Ah yes, along with "Spittle bugs, aphids, slugs and mildew" during a damp spring, the worst is here for sure.. Anthracnose. Yes... "there's a fungus among us" for sure. What is it? Anthracnose disease attacks all plant parts at any growth stage. The symptoms are most visible on leaves and ripe fruits. At first, anthracnose generally appears on leaves as small and irregular yellow, brown, dark-brown, or black spots. The spots can expand and merge to cover the whole affected area. The color of the infected part darkens as it ages. What can I do? Nothing, Nada, zip.. forgettabout it!! Until it starts to dry up I'm beating my head against a tree trunk!
Now for the worst kind "ugly"... dead trees that are marked to come down. This is why Bartlett Tree Experts were looking at my landscape today.. I am under a deep canopy of shade but many are tired and have given way to age, disease, deer rubbing into their hearts (or cambium layer for you technical sorts), etc., so it's time to wish them their fond farewell. I'd play that song, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Old Oak Tree" but most of the trees that are coming down are actually Fir trees...