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Greenhouse

Ray and I have have been working on the greenhouse throughout the summer.  Whenever we had some time off we worked on the outside trim and siding.  It really is coming along beautifully.

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Later on this winter we will do the insulation and interior walls and have it ready for when it’s time to start seeds and baskets.

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Tuesday’s Tips – Digging up Dahlia Tubers

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Mary Beth: I’ve been really enjoying my dahlias this fall. Their size and color are amazing and the bloom has been non-stop. But alas, the killing frosts are on their way, which means that soon it will be time to dig up the dahlia tubers and store them away for the winter. I never enjoy doing this, but it really is worth the effort and very rewarding in the long run.

After a hard frost, or when the plants are dormant (which would be in December in Southern California — check with your local nursery for the right time if you’re in another part of the country) carefully dig up the tubers.

Using a spade, dig a circle about 12″ out from the plant to avoid cutting into the tubers. Dig under the tubers and lift them out. You might want to use a garden fork for this step. Cut…

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Fall Flower Combination I Love

cactus dahlia 'nuit d'ete' with 'autumn joy' sedum

cactus dahlia ‘nuit d’ete’ with ‘autumn joy’ sedum

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Daylilies

The rain last night and the cloud cover this morning inspired me to go out and photograph flowers this morning.  The light was wonderful.

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Good Bug, Bad Bug

This year is a bad year for garden pests.  I’m seeing a lot of damage by  Apion longirostre  Hollyhock Weevil, thrips, aphids, leafminers, flea beetles and the list goes on.

Here are a few photos of some of the offenders:

Hollyhock Weevil

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Thrips

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Aphids

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Don’t get discouraged there are quite a few good guys and gals patrolling your gardens.  Be careful if you decide to use pesticides (make sure you do some research before applying) you will kill beneficial insects along with the pests.

Photos of some beneficials ‘The Good Bugs’:

Ladybug

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Praying Mantis

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Spider

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Here is some good information on how to control garden pests:

  Tuesday’s Tips — Spinosad for Garden Pests for aphids and Mother Earth News – Organic Pest Control: What Works What Doesn’t

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Buck Rose

buck rose

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Anemones

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Beautiful Blooms In June

Our gardens are really showing off some colors!  I was busy most of the morning taking photographs before the winds picked up.  Everything looks so pretty.

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Poppies and Penstemon

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joseph's coatThere are so many more but the wind started to blow!  Hope you enjoyed the flowers.

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Iris part 2

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