MORE RAIN. I am nonplussed. Flabbergasted. Disconcerted. It is as though the climate has changed, and damp, humid, sticky Ohio is not a nice place to be. Earwigs and mosquitoes are guaranteed.
I know. I’m complaining again.
I briefly weeded in the garden and started to put some seeds in when the phone rang. Completely broke my concentration, so I will need to plant them tomorrow. It is a little late, but they’re marigolds and I think they will have time to bloom and grow. I haven’t grown marigolds for awhile and I think I need them to discourage nematodes. I understand they do that. And they are pretty.
Checked on the new shoots, they were a bit wilted, but looked ok for the first day. The ground is totally saturated so there is no way I will water them. Cut off some webby worms from the new crabapple tree. Then burnt them. Actually my husband used his torch. Overkill, I know. It was my fault, I asked him to burn them for me.
I missed my garden while I was gone…. the pond lilies are blooming and the garden lilies are a burst of color. I really like lilies. I read in an old garden book about a plan centered around lilies, it seems like a wonderful plan, since you can get different bloom times and all sorts of colors and heights. In my city garden I grew the really tall sorts like Green Dragon. I was worried about the winds here, so I only have the shorter types, no taller than 4-5 feet. They lean a bit this year, probably due to wet growth.
But I think a garden with large stands of lilies and roses would be gorgeous. I wish I had more Oriental lilies that bloom in July-August. They are so attractive and I like their colors- white with spots or brushed with rose or gold. Very sweet fragrance. A truly opulent flower. Many of the old garden flowers were large, blowsy, and scented. Like a powdered, perfumed lady in full skirts and lace dustings. That is what such flowers remind me of; those old roses, peonies, and Oriental lilies of Late Victorian gardens.
There is no sight of my Madonna lilies ( which haven’t done well anyway). Maybe they are just a little behind, even though they are due in June. The Monarda is blooming, although I didn’t get that into the list, and the scabiosa. The cherries are ripening, sort of, and my youngest kids have harvested some for themselves. The birds got all the best sweet cherries again. The Van variety. They leave the Hedelfingen to us, maybe because those tend to be bittery. Again, due to the wet, I think.
Well, I really need to get some sleep…. so good night, all.