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Jun 17, 2024 9:07 AM CST
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It's going to be a very long, hot, sticky and dry week. There isn't any real rain in the forecast for the next 10 days with daytime temps in the 90s.

I had to bump up the AC from 72 to 75 just to keep it from running constantly.

I'm headed out to turn on the sprinkler, but I have the feeling that I will need to run it every day.

In the meantime, I have stuff that should go in the ground, but I've very hesitant to do that. It's much easier to water the new stuff if it's all clustered together. And there's no way I'm going to cut the grass.

And yes, I have several cases of water in the carport. Hopefully, I'll remember to drink frequentLY.

Everyone stay safe and HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE.
LLK: No longer by my side, but forever in my heart.
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Jun 17, 2024 10:35 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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Also, Hydrate! Hilarious!
It was lovely at 9 am, still at 10:30, but soon I felt the humidity. I stayed in rhe shade, scraping violets that poke thru the mulch. Deciding that some violets will have to be reclassed as groundcover. Promised to quit working at noon and I did.
Yes, new plants grouped in pots are easier to tend than if planted out. I have lost new plants by too eagerly planting them out and neglecting them.
Plant it and they will come.
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Jun 17, 2024 11:08 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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Heck, yeah, if there's nothing else you're trying to grow in that spot, violets are a great ground cover!
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Jun 17, 2024 2:16 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
See you in the funny papers!
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Violets try to grow EVERYWHERE. un less already covered in Potentilla indica Glare
I want some clean mulched paths, is that too much to ask Sighing!
Oh, add me to the deer afflicted; ate some squash and swiss chard, left tracks. I had already seen evidence farther back and hoped they could stick with wild lettuce. Sighing!
Plant it and they will come.
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Jun 17, 2024 2:20 PM CST
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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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With the hot weather, I expect the deer will be more invasive as food gets harder to find.They will see a lush garden as their personal buffet.
LLK: No longer by my side, but forever in my heart.
Pal tiem shree tal ma.
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Jun 17, 2024 5:15 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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Sally, maybe you need some heavy duty landscape fabric under your mulched paths. Landscape fabric is horrible stuff IN a planting bed, IMO, but it could be just the thing under a path. MIL had some garden paths put in, and they used stone (granite?) dust, tamped down hard. Very few weeds got a toe-hold in that, and those that did were easily removed. Nice to walk on, too, even in bare feet (unlike gravel).
We're all learners, doers, teachers.
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Jun 17, 2024 5:47 PM CST
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
Picasso callas looking smart in a short vase.

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Jun 17, 2024 8:10 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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Lisa, another elegant arrangement!

Too hot to do much other than watering, but I puttered a little each time I moved the sprinkler. Cucumbers are ready to set out, but I think I'll wait until it's a little less staggeringly hot, as I need to set up my PVC hoops for their tulle fabric covering.
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Jun 17, 2024 9:02 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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I try to keep Mom in flowers, plants for her windowsill as well as arrangements. Here's tonight's bouquet -- magenta Achillea, coral bells, coral honeysuckle, and some foliage (hosta & persicaria 'Painter's Palette').

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I found these wonderful grids that you can put on top of a mason jar for easy arranging. I got a fancy raised one that looks like old zinc to use with my cobalt jars, but I also got some flat ones that you use with a regular jar ring.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LFNLMDY/
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09HBYPCNJ/
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Jun 18, 2024 8:40 AM CST
Name: Robin Bunch
Odenton, Maryland (Zone 7a)
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I've been trying to get out for at least a little while each day when I'm off. It seems like I'm creating aas much of a mess as I'm cleaning up.
My feral kitty Shadow keeps me company when I'm out working, in return I lay in the grass so I can pet her easier. I can just imagine what someone walking by thinks seeing an older lady laying on the ground, lol
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Jun 18, 2024 10:09 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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LOL. I think my neighbors have gotten used to the sight of me stretched out in the grass. If I were ever actually in trouble, I doubt anybody would notice.
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Jun 18, 2024 1:18 PM CST
Name: Jill
Baltimore, MD (Zone 7b)
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This heat drove me into the woodland garden to pull vines and now I'm sapped. But the vines will win the war unless I get out there to do battle

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Front garden today

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Jun 18, 2024 5:40 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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In the hot sun today I planted 3 pots of baby basil seedlings and 4 pots of Marigold seedlings. Watered them well.

Then later as the sun went around and my back patio came into the shade I worked in the back and planted more marigolds.

I have a small garden bed between my back patio and my house. I have Marigolds planted there. But wanted another row. Had to wait till the seedlings grew big enough to plant out. They are still on the quite small side but they were big enough that I could work with them so I did plant them out today.

So now I have added Durango Bolero Marigolds to the Flemenco and Fireball that were already there. Going to look extra nice when those all bloom.
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Jun 18, 2024 6:22 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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Marigolds are such cheerful flowers!!
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Jun 18, 2024 6:26 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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critterologist said: Marigolds are such cheerful flowers!!


They give you so much color till frost!!
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Jun 18, 2024 6:38 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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Yes, and if they're not hybrids, they'll give you tons of seeds for next year. Actually, even if they're hybrids you might get seeds (I don't think there are sterile hybrid marigolds), they're just unlikely to come true.
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Jun 19, 2024 7:51 AM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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critterologist said: Yes, and if they're not hybrids, they'll give you tons of seeds for next year. Actually, even if they're hybrids you might get seeds (I don't think there are sterile hybrid marigolds), they're just unlikely to come true.


Last year I bought many of my seeds off E-Bay. None of those seeds looked like what they were supposed to be. So the hybreds make plenty of seed but nothing I got there was true to type

I did have some varieties from a real seed company last year. And this year I bought all my marigold seeds from Harris so I know they will be good.
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Jun 20, 2024 5:06 PM CST
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
New photo same flowers! Didn't realize how vase worthy calla lilies are. These are gems Donnerville.
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Jun 20, 2024 5:29 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
I fertilized all my marigolds today. Both the ones in pots and also the ones in ground. I used the liquid AgroThrive fetilizer.

I am very pleased with them. And will be even more pleased when they all start to bloom.

Tomorrow I need to plant more basil seedlings on pots. I just want to get them done!!

In this heat today and yesterday I watered my newer planted sunflowers. They look great but young plants need watering until the roots get a chance to grow out.

I have that last problem suflower planted where the bees used to be. So now 18 sunflowers around the garden. It should look really lovely when they stast to bloom.
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Jun 20, 2024 7:05 PM CST
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The world is coming to and end... and I have proof!

I haven't been able to use my garden cart because the tires won't stay inflated because the bead seal was non-existant. (After 7 year, I really shouldn't be surprised.)

I stopped in to Advance Auto Parts this evening to get a can of bead seal. Of the 3 guys behind the counter, not one of them knew what I was talking about. I had to explain what it was and that is wan't the same thing as Fix-a-Flat. They eventually found it.

My proof? I know very little about vehicle maintenance, and yet, it turns out that I knew more than the 3 20-something GUYS behind the counter!

I'm telling you, the world is ending. Rolling on the floor laughing
LLK: No longer by my side, but forever in my heart.
Pal tiem shree tal ma.

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