Garden, August 15

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Every year I take a small back-to-school vacation to help my daughter prepare for her next school year. We hope to get every last thing she needs for school, but we usually accomplish the most essential thing, resting up for a busy year.

The sunflowers are usually in bloom at this time, and this year is no exception. Our garden is past its peak. Despite the hot, dry days of this time, the nights will soon get too cold for some of our flowers to thrive for much longer.

So much will change in the next month, as it does every year at this time.

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Garden, August 5

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We are recovering from a blustery day that lost its way back in October and found home yesterday. When I returned from work, I found that my flower pot that sits on a pedestal in the yard had fallen upside down into the grass. I placed in the main flower bed for its convalescence:

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My hibiscus continues its heavy blooming, and the sunflowers have buds.

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My New Hanging Baskets

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My two petunia baskets suffered the fate of so many hanging baskets purchased in spring: they perished due to irregular watering. With all the time I’ve spent in the garden this year, I should have attended to this task more. Instead, they wilted one too many times in the heat and did not rebound.

I found a couple gorgeous calibrachoa baskets last weekend. My red calibrachoa basket hasn’t needed as much attention as the petunia baskets did. I feel hopeful that these two additions will thrive in the garden.

Garden, July 15

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I’m so pleased that my rose mallow hibiscus plant has started blooming. There are hundreds of buds on this single bush, and it has grown six feet high by five feet wide.

The garden was truly pleased with this week’s substantial rain. Most of the plants have increased their height and their blooms. My sunflowers climbed a foot higher and added canopies of leaves. They will not bloom for another month or so.

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Garden, July 8

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Our July garden is thriving. I didn’t know it was possible to yield thirty or more echinacea blooms from a single plant, but it is happening this year. My pink rose mallow hibiscus has hundreds of buds on it that will burst into color by month’s end.

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My New Hanging Basket

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My hanging basket of fuschia is now convalescing in the shade of the crabapple tree in our front yard. I didn’t realize its modest sunlight quota, and I almost burnt it out on the shepherd’s hook in the full sun bed in my back yard. I went and selected a replacement basket full of red calibrachoa. It thrives in this sunny spot.