Category: July

July – sorry

I’ve been out of town more than in the last several weeks and have one more week to go and then can settle in, look around, and see what has survived our run of heat. If I’d seen any fabulous…

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July – The Unruly Vegetable Garden

Vegetable gardens are usually perceived to be tidy places – carrots and lettuces lined up in rows, tomatoes confined to their cages and beans climbing sedately up their tepees. Reality is often toppled tepees, tomatoes oozing over cages and flowing…

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July – Allium sphaerocephalon, drumstick allium

Maroon balls on sticks definitely liven up the garden. Often mixed plantings meld into one big mish-mash so you need plants that will stop the eye. The balls of Allium sphaerocephalon, the drumstick allium, dancing among other plants definitely get…

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July – Lobelia tupa, devil’s tobacco

Come July the hummingbirds in my yard add regular visits to the brick red flowers of Lobelia tupa. Perhaps they, like the Andean natives who smoked it, derive some narcotic or analgesic benefits*, or perhaps it just has tasty nectar.…

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