Archive for June, 2011

Weathermen rant

Let me just say, when you live on a sandbar never trust the local weather forecaster when he says there’s a chance of thunder showers in late June.  Remember they are predicting for a gazillion county area and those ‘pop up’ showers may be miles from your dusty, panting flowers and vegetables. So water when your gut says water.  After all if it rains later there won’t be a flood on your little sandbar.

Check this oddity on the sandbar.

Mico strangers

spring review

The summer solstice is a couple of days away so I kinda want to review the hits and misses (mostly the misses) of the past few weeks. The biggest disappointment is the pie wedge that I chose for seeding veggies into. I put in harrier beets,(twice)  sugar snap peas, a lettuce blend, arugula, onions sets, a radish blend (twice), and swiss chard (twice). The only harvest has been the green onions and the lettuce. The rest? FAIL.  Even the reliable dill self-seeded everyplace else in the garden except that wedge.  Now that I think of it, there were few weeds even.

Meanwhile  seeds I planted in other wedges are doing OK.  There are basil varieties, cilantro, cukes and amaranth. The amaranth is slow but may yet produce a show. I ended up pulling out all the losers from that original veggie bed and planted Kentucky Wonders, Scarlet Runners  and bush beans. I guess I’m not really ready to blame the garden bed.  I suspect instead the deluge of May rains had more impact on this years crop.

The front yard is always kind of a mess between mid May to Mid June while the early daffs and grape hyacinths drop their blossoms and I wait for the leaves to decay to the point where they can be easily pulled out. I know I should just plant day lilies among them to hide the browning bulb leaves but I don’t like the lilies well enough to give them a spot in the front garden.

zinnia profusion

This year I ended up going to a local nursery on the 16th of June (I rarely ever shop plants this late) and found the bargain of the century.  They had marked down their annuals AND were selling all of them buy one get one free. OMG.  I bought Zinnia profusion in three different color lines.  They were $2.49 for six-inch pots with 2 plants each AND another of the same value for free.  Plus the plants are healthy and gorgeous and way bigger than plastic flats seen in the big box stores. I put the zinnia in the front yard oval bed and plan to go back to the market for more.

One more problem.  There is a groundhog living under our shed.  I’ve seen him twice and I suspect him of digging out all of my beets last summer.  So far I haven’t seen any damage except when I spotted him yesterday munching down on the Baptisia.  Maybe Ernie is a fairly good deterrent. His favorite thing to do is to have a barkfest with the neighbor dogs to our west just five feet from the entrance to the woodchuck’s  path to underneath the shed.

groundhog damaged canna

All of this soap opera is happening around our preliminary plans to cruise on watercolors this summer. I don’t think I mentioned our Sunday cruise in the fog just beyond the Genesee River inlet.  The fog closed down on us when we about three-quarters of a mile beyond the pier and we had to use the GPS to navigate back to the river. Today we went out again in rather hazy conditions and were able to sail out to the 200ft depth mark before we tacked to return to our slip.  Of course the wind died.  While we attempted to take in the sails the furler on the genny balked and we ended up pulling it down instead of in to get back home.  It took 2 hours to batten down everything at the dock..

garlic with curly scape

Back to the garden—-last night we went out for dinner at a local restaurant and each ordered a pasta dish with chicken, brocoli, black olives and mozzarella cheese. There was lots of it and it was exceeding bland. We brought home two large plates of it as a doggie bag. So after our afternoon on the boat I decided to doctor up the pasta dish for supper. I gathered garlic and onion scapes plus snips of rosemary from the garden  and sautéed them with minced jalapeno peppers. Then I heated the pasta dish, added  the veggies and herbs from home plus a couple of tablespoons each of olive oil and red wine vinegar and topped it all with parmesan cheese.——not fail—-excellent in fact.  Sometimes it’s all in the herbs and spices.

our lady of Guadeloupe rose with Roseanne perennial geranium

Tuscan Sun

Unknown from GYC cutting

Sedum, hens and chicks


Garden Bloggers Bloom Day-June 15, 2011

I didn’t start posting to GBBD until Sept. of 2010 so it gets a little difficult to figure what was blooming when last year.  This year, it’s very noticeable that I have a preponderance of purple and pink blooms.

Campanula blue chips

Campanula P.

Allium Globemaster

Iris (love It)

Johnny Jump-up


May Night

perennial geranium



Penny's wegelia

One of the few stray ‘other colors’ the rose Teasing Georgia:

Long shot

Mid Ground

Teasing Georgia

As always , thanks to Carol at “May Dreams Garden” for hosting GBBD. Check it out for more garden blooms for June 2011.


Here is a late addition to the pink/purple list-blooming for the first time today:

Rose Campion


Tomato update

After all the angst about how tall and not particularly bushy the tomatoes were when I hurriedly transplanted them to the pie garden, they are surviving and thriving. Most have blossoms and all of them have developed new axial growth. My only regret is that I wasn’t able to share as many as usual with friends and neighbors.

Tomato in June with buds

More tomato buds

will they set fruit?
Meanwhile the iris continue to burst into bloom.  There are a couple that I don’t remember seeing last year and another pair that appears to be the same but are clearly different.

A Newbymore red than blue


more blue than redmore red than blue


more red than blue




 June 7, 2011  sewandsowgardens   Leave a comment
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What the heck is this???

These ‘seedlings’ have been popping up in the gardens and I’m beginning to lose confidence in my memory.  Did I somehow dump a cart load of seeds all in one spot in frustration?  Maybe once but not four times and in 4 different beds.Check this out.  What in the heck ARE these?

puzzle 1


puzzle two


puzzle 3

Those roots are about 3-4 inches long and the center of each clump resembles sprouts which have gone way wrong.
Another hint is that these clumps appear in beds that have all been amended with well-rotted manure compost,  bags of retail top soil and sandy loam from my garden.
 June 5, 2011  sewandsowgardens   Leave a comment
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first week of June

There’s lots of stuff going on in the garden and yet somehow there has not been a lot to do. Here’s some thing cool.  Check out this wegelia I got from Penny at the 2010 swap.  It was a tiny baby last season but now it is so much bigger and has lots of flowers.

Penny’s wegeilia after one year

 It’s in a raised bed now and I plan to put it in the back hedge row, probably in the fall.

We had at least 36 hrs of windy weather starting June one ( our 48th anniversary) and it took a toll on the garden.  The combination of wind and lack of rain for 4-5 days really dried everything out and I ended up watering the pie garden seeded beds yesterday. Of course today it rained and rained.

wind results


more wind damage


It flipped the bird bath full of water

Before the winds began I mustered some energy to plant the containers for the patio. Of course the situation was the exact opposite of the ideal conditions in which to transplant.  So all the containers suffered the snaky wind storm and appear to have come through unscathed.
I put them in fancy pots this year

perilla, million bells, trailing coleus from last year


fuchsia and last year's coleus

 In addition I have the brug that I wintered over all potted up and it appears to be doing just fine.
The iris ended up blooming nearly all at the same time. When I ordered iris from a source on the web I ended up choosing  some that were really close in color and habit.  Can you tell the difference?

Edith Wolford vs Jurassic Park

Here are two more that from afar seem to be the same but on closer inspection are somewhat different. (Sorry, no names here.)

Pink Iris

Here’s the peachy Iris

More peach to me

Lastly check out the Globe Master Allium with  the generic variety in the background.

Globe master

 June 4, 2011  sewandsowgardens   1 Comment

The Sailing season has officially begun

We just had a four-day holiday weekend to celebrate an early start (for us) to this year on the boat.  Friday was nasty cold and wet but Saturday started out pretty good so we headed on out to the dock for our first cruise.

After we neatened up the boat we went out on the lake in fairly light breezes, put the sails up without a hitch and went for a short sail.  It was rather foggy and chilly so we didn’t stay out long.

Then Sunday we took Jay and Karen and Steven and Vince and Bryan Jones with us to participate in the GYC s Fleet review. After the parade of boats we motored back out to do a little sailing but by the time we got there the wind had petered out:(

We plan to do a little racing this year to make up for the fact that we’ll not be cruising  much because of Ken’s job. There won’t be many chances to anchor out like we did in 2005.

ON the hook in the St. Lawrence September 2005

 June 1, 2011  sewandsowgardens   Leave a comment
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