July in the Garden

by Lorraine on November 25, 2008

I’m going to start to post more often and speed through the Summer so that I can finally get caught up to November and December.   Actually, I spent the day in the garden, planting some new items, trying to be ahead of a pending rainstorm.  

I had a flashback to this time last year, when Deena and I were working frantically to complete the garden while it was raining and knowing that Christmas was just around the corner.   We were both leaving town and we were determined to get the garden completely done.   Now onto the Summer post:

It seems as though time is really flying (no kidding) and now we are essentially in the middle of Summer.   It’s much cooler now (thank goodness) and the garden is starting to go through a transition for the Summer.   Many native plants will go into a state of dormancy as they adjust to the hotter temperatures and less rain and it begins to look different.

Of course I will continue to run the water lines about every other week for an hour each time.   Some of the emitters release one gallon of water per hour and the other ones about two gallons.   If I feel that any of the plants are not getting enough water through the drip system, I will apply extra water around the plant but not directly on the root ball.   The idea is, to force the plant’s roots out and away from the root ball and develop into a healthy and stable plant.

I had someone say to me recently, that when it comes to starting a Native plant garden, it’s all about the “Two’s”.   If you still have your plants two days after planting them, you’ve cleared the first hurdle.   Then if they are still doing okay after two weeks have passed, great!   Then as you move along on the time-line, if they are starting to grow and look pretty good after two months, you’re doing very well.

Penstemon spectabulis & Torch Plant

Penstemon spectabulis & Torch Plant

And the after the garden as experienced two full seasons or two years, one may consider their garden to be “established”.   But this doesn’t mean that you can now ignore it.   A garden will evolve and change as one learns what works and what doesn’t, just like in our own lives.

In closing this post, I have a little confession to make.  All of the plants are native to California except for the Torch Plant.   I have five in the garden and I just loved their colors but they are from south Africa.   Okay, okay, I cheated a bit.

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