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August 26, 2014

AROUND THE GARDEN IN AUGUST

THIS BEAUTY IS A PINEAPPLE LILY, OR EUCOMIS VANDERMERWEI 'OCTOPUS'


As prepare to depart for Sante Fe to attend the North American Rock Garden Society annual meeting, I thought that I would share some random images from around the garden this last week of summer.


I've also started something new - writing for eHow, a site which has impressed me with how they have reinvented themselves over the past 6 months ( they no longer are a content farm guys'), in fact, they are some of the most professional and nicest people I have ever worked with. You can check out one of my posts here, a post about growing greens in the home garden for autumn and winter harvest. I'm really trying to raise the bar with these articles which obviously are targeting new and less experienced gardeners. I would love to hear what you think as I am taking a slightly more advanced approach with my content. New gardeners deserve more inspiration beyond how to grow succulents and air plants.    So it's more like: 'Go ahead - you can grow awesome Chinese Cabbage ...and here's how' as my approach. Still simplified, but not dumbed down.




Heirloom tomatoes are just beautiful. Not always tastier than hybrids, I still can't help myself in planting far more than I need. It's been a terrific year for tomatoes, which surprises me as it has been cool and damp. I have already canned 24 quarts and it isn't even Labor Day yet.


GOMPHRENA 'PINK ZAZZLE™', VIRTUALLY STEROIDAL IN SIZE, WITH FLOWERS NEARLY 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER WHICH ARE ABIOUT FOUR TIMES THE SIZE OF TYPICAL GOMPHRENA.



DAHLIAS AND CHINA ASTERS.



THE SELF-SEEDED NICOTIANA LANGSDORFII CONTINUE TO BLOOM AROUND THE WALK LEADING TO THE GREENHOUSE. THIS SPECIES IS STILL MY FAVORITE OF THE FLOWERING TOBACCO.

WE HAVE BOTH ITALIAN AND RUSSIAN BEES, OUR FRIEND JESS MADE LOGOS FOR THEM WITH HER LASER MACHINE.




OUR AGAPANTHUS ARE REACHING PEAK BLOOM, ALL ARE IN LARGE TUBS ESPECIALLY THIS WHITE SELECTION, BUT THE BLUE ONE CALLED 'STORM CLOUD' WAS DIVIDED THIS YEAR, SO IT HAS ONLY PRODUCED A FEW FLOWERS.





4 comments :

  1. Matt how do you overwinter Agapanthus? Mine are in containers now and have finished blooming since they were probably forced in the greenhouse before I bought them. I am in western CT.

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  2. Great pics ...love the tray of tomatoes! And the lily...i just love lilies : )

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  3. That pineapple lily is a beauty indeed! Here in Cambridge it does not seem to have been a great year for tomatoes; I did not grow any, but the downstairs neighbors had a few rows in their part of the garden and while they set a lot of fruit, they were so ravaged with disease by the beginning of this month that they cleared them out early.

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  4. I have one question about succulents, (I admit I'm far from a green thumb), I have several in pots. They've been transferred once, and now I'm thinking of planting them next to my garage yet last time I did this, the plant eventually died. What are the things I have to watch out for when transplanting?

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