Wednesday, July 20, 2016

My Garden Journal - Summer Breezes

Summer is flying by, so it seems. Busy with gardening, family and outings like most of you, my days are filled. Summer breezes keep us cool.
I harvested the garlic this week, 'Music', 'Killarney Red', and 'Puganski' - the latter two new varieties I wanted to try. The bundles are colour coded with ribbon and after a couple of weeks I'll brush the dirt from the bulbs, cut off the tops and roots and store in mesh bags in the basement. The final bulb from last summer's crop was used for dinner recently and since we love garlic in most anything, my little veggie patch will now only be planted with it.
If you're like me and know that crops should be rotated because of nematodes or viruses in the soil, a garlic grower told us at a seminar in the spring that you can use the same place each year. Remove the top third of soil if possible and condition with manure, digging it in well for autumn planting.
 Daisies in the moon garden.
'Inniswood' hosta that commands attention in the shady Japanese garden.
A homemade concrete bird bath gifted me from a friend that came for tea. The slices of birch were by the side of the road after a neighbour cut down a tree and I carried a couple home for rustic decor.
A few favourite pinks; the centre leaves are persian shield, a good shade plant for the garden and it's also a pretty houseplant.
My library classes continue and I'm enjoying learning about apps, computer issue solving and last week, social media. I am already on Pinterest and was undecided about Instagram. Well, I opened an account and think it will be fun for photography shares. 
@lavendercottagegardening can be found here if you want to see my few photos so far. 
I'd like to direct readers to Linda at Stitch Lines in New Brunswick for an eye opener about her home break-in and some advice she offers.
Happy Gardening, take time for tea.

23 comments:

  1. The garlic looks great. We love it too though I don't grow it.

    Great advice about the crop rotation. I don't know why I haven't considered it.

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  2. Lovely blooms in your garden Judith. I have seen Persian Shirld, but never knew it's name. Think I might have to look for it for my shade garden.
    Thanks for the link to my post. If it helps one person avoid what we went through, it's worth it.

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  3. Hello, Judith!
    I just told Linda that my constant patrolling with my camera and my waspish attitude towards suspicious-looking individuals should work as a good deterrent. I hope! :)
    Your garlic looks great and your garden looks lovely. Let us know what you think of Instagram. I already opened an account... and then decided that since I don't have much free time, I prefer to concentrate on blogging. Smaller audience but more interaction.
    Happy Instagramming and happy gardening! xx

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  4. Hello! I just spotted your IG logo when I started reading the post, I have clicked to request to follow you. I am loving using it I have to say! Your garden is doing well isn't it, the new bird bath from your friend is beautiful isn't it!!

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  5. Ooh Judith, your garlic looks great, and will be so nice to have all year long. Your new bird bath gift is so pretty, as are your lovely plants. It's so wonderful that you're taking advantage of classes at the library. Now I must be off to read Lnda's post!

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  6. Judith, your garlic looks wonderful and you will surely enjoy it for many days to come. I didn't plant garlic this year but did plant a lot of red onions. Have a lovely evening!

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  7. You are such an avid gardener - everything looks so healthy and nice!

    Hugs!

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  8. The vampires will definitely stay away from your garden! Love the birdbath! Thanks for sharing Linda's link. It was very informative!

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  9. I let our garlic lay in the back of the golf cart for a few days where it seemed to dry out as hot as it is. I have already cut the stems off and placed them in the wire basket that I collect the eggs ins. Right now they are in the garage where it is ho not the best place. I have been pondering Instagram, but do I really need another venue? Let us know what you think. I love Pinterest.

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  10. Daisies and Hosta's, a favorite of mine.

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  11. That bird bath is simply gorgeous! I know you are happy to have it in your garden. Enjoy your afternoon! Hugs, Diane PS I was working on a post about a journal I've been working on...not a gardening journal though. I should start one of those too! Hugs Lavender Sis!

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  12. I really am impressed with your gardening skills, Judith! I just read another blog post today where the author had also harvested garlic. :) Your hostas are lovely, and so are the daisies. I think a moon garden is such a good idea; I've heard that you would plant mostly white flowers. Is that what you have in your moon garden?

    Your computer class sounds very interesting, and I honestly think that I could benefit from a class like that. I'll have to check around. Oh, I almost forgot -- your birdbath is lovely, too. Have a great weekend, my friend!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  13. Such a cute bird bath! I think you will enjoy IG, I'll look you up. For me its all about the photos and not needing to say much.

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  14. That birdbath is just yummy! The heat has really done a number on my flowers, but just had my first ripe peach this morning with one beautiful red strawberry that was there tempting the birds, but they didn't even notice!

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  15. We are having very hot weather, but got some good rain today, and my garden is so thankful!

    I like your rustic bird bath.

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  16. That hosta is a beautiful shade of green. Mine are still in pots - their second year - but I am promising myself that they will go into the ground in the fall!

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  17. All of your pics are so gorgeous!!

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  18. I've been missing your artistic mosaics and loved this one. As always your garden is just beautiful!

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  19. I admire your beautiful 'Inniswood' Hosta Judith, it is a sunny beauty. Also love the rustic decoration of the birch slices with the homemade birdbath on top, well done.

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  20. Your garlic looks delicious to me, lol. They make me want to cook : )
    All of your garden pics are amazing, especially that cool collate at the end!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  21. Hi: Always a pleasure to visit. Your garden looks amazing. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

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  22. "I harvested the garlic this week" ... that sounds very good, and you can't beat using garlic in so many different recipes.

    Your hosta looks lovely, what lovely shades of green in the leaves.

    All the best Jan

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  23. After see your fantastic garden pictures i am feeling a bad photographer. amazing garden and amazing pictures like C. Symons .

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