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Friday, August 11, 2017

Summer maintenance in progress

Summer kitchen garden after sunflowers are gone, last row prepared for autumn planting

Road got next layer of wood chips,
Wicker bed next to the road

this load with pine needles will even lowers spots
 and here
 front side of the road, 2 upper areas that lead water to the new berry beds
dry creek loaded with rock and started logs as usable sizes come I'll add
 and volunteer russian sage
here is one next to other dry creek on the other side of that shed/bulding

bridges have ramps now

 one day I'll have good plants here, for now that needs vinegar big time
 Dry creek in summer, pampas grass
 Chickens by dry creek, fertilizing aspen grove
they are molting and hiding
 rooster is ugly :), his tail is half gone and half grown back

 dry creek end
 and completed, so chickens do not dig mulched soak area, this is naturally lower spot

Ditch cleaned up

Front beds after maintenance

Roses after the trim-deadheading, re-blooming

Rudebeckia goldstrum

And some more late summer blooms, coreopsis...  keep forgetting ...
day lily
white cone flower (echinacea)
more roses

mini rose
Roses not deadheaded, that's Julia Child fruiting variety, have 3 of them.
gladiolas, overwinters

 Humming bird.

I may have a pair, see it about every day now.

Special... honey from my flowers

Keyhole garden and over concrete mound are getting bigger...

banana squash in keyhole garden. 
 crocosmia, spiral bed
 keyhole week after the top picture... growing bigger. in 95F heat
 spiral bed, re-blooming salvias
 spiral bed

My new bed is doing fine too.
some re-blooming

 spirea new growth, good. it did overcome powdery mildew just fine
 peculiar side growth on penstemons...

 columbines survived chickens...
 and native wild flower too. chickens dug that up...

My new berry patch took for blackberry only unfortunately.
purple raspberry, yellow and red primacane are doing nothing, sadly.

New variety of rudebeckia.

My brought back to life rose of sharon it turns out. Luci variety.


Timer valve for my orchard... forgotten to turn it off once... not a big deal, still under water right usage a good bit, but... It will be on timer.
Supplemental water for my 3 new raised beds next to orchard (mound, keyhole and spiral) is on summer only cheap timer, but it works just fine.

My terraces are ready to plant. Row of 5 roses of sharon

nitrogen fixers next to lilacs - locust and caragana

Colorado blue spruce
 Kentucky coffee tree
 sunchokes by the fence

Here is example of pro landscape, managed with iron shots yearly. as soon as shots went away here is ornamental maple that should not be here in ph8 alkaline with free limy soil and alkaline lake water.
 Area next to the lawn got rock and grass grown into it removed, green area is grass and weeds and being scraped and removed. it will be rock and french drain going into our ditch system to the orchard. Getting it done right, not like pro's relying on herbicides for the 'look nice' thing. This bed is being re-done like my new bed, lots of work, but...
Russian hawthorn cultivars are ready to go under these trees, restored area with sorel in garden, 3 years

The plants already in that bed and soil restoration second year: bee balm

 Julia child roses and pampas grass, linden on the other side of that grass.
 oregano and irises

Summer is not without damages
Someone sprayed weeds.
this is secondary herbicide damage
2-4D most likely. can be pesticides damage too,
We had company come solicit pesticide and herbicide spraying, I send them far far away, but someone I guess did not.

Ozone damage

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