Sunday, June 7, 2015

First Blossoms

The first of the summer annuals are beginning to bloom in the garden - hopefully the beginning of a long and colorful show.

Petunia 'Old Fashioned Vining'

Petunia exserta

California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

'Peshawar White' opium poppy (Papaver somniferum var. album cv.)

'Gina's Himalayan' French marigold (Tagetes patula 'Gina's Himalayan')

Two days ago, after the last bout of rain and cold, I also planted the last batch of seeds, some cucumbers, melons, and winter squash which will hopefully appreciate being planted later rather than earlier. Last year I planted some squash and melons a month earlier, and while they germinated immediately the little plants did not really grow until really hot weather set in later in June. By the end of July, just as they were beginning to set fruit, squash borer and some viral disease finished off all of the plants within a matter of days. Maybe late planting will help prevent the same happening this year.

2 comments:

  1. Fingers crossed the late planting will do the trick!

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    1. It is supposed to help against the squash borers... As for other pests and diseases I will just have to hope for the best.

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