It is a dreary day here so how about a sunny update on the vegetable garden. The sunflowers that I was talking about a few weeks ago are in full bloom and from all areas of our home we can see them. I look upon them from my bedroom window as soon as I pull up the blind in the morning, come down the stairs through the living room windows and from the patio while we eat and chat. They are completely visible when we drive away and drive up to the house and just make us smile. Some of them are massive and I am almost just as excited about the giant dried seed heads that will be ready to be plucked for display in the fall.
the zinnias i planted are bright fuchsia and excellent for cutting. this was my first attempt at growing them from seed so i am going to attempt a few more colours next year.
the gladiolas are just getting going. i planted them in stages so i could have a few weeks of flowers.
an update on the vole situation for anyone that is curious. i have attempted the following to rid myself of the little bastards. in no particular order and for long periods of consistent time:
used cat litter
ammonia soaked rags in holes
bleach soaked rags in holes
neighbourhood cat coaxing
juicy fruit gum
damage has ceased since the juice fruit experiment (wear gloves, unwrap juicy fruit, stick in many holes and wait)
i have no idea why juicy fruit, i read it online. it is supposed to stop their digestion and they die. don't give me the don't kill the creatures racket because these little crappers have eaten through about 500.00 in plants this year and at least 100-200.00 in snacks/alcohol for us to be watching the holes like bill murray.
i swear our neighbours think we're losing it running around with shovels and yelling.
i'd laugh myself if it wasn't so aggravating.
one hopped into our garage, yes hopped and trevor spent 25 minutes chasing it under motorcycles and furniture while yelling and screaming about how ugly they are with their claws and no eyes. (i'll admit that was pretty funny, and i laughed at him while pretending to help)
i thought i would share a garden that i haven't shared before or at least not in a long time. we did a little revamping with this garden and added some large drought tolerant plants like russian sage, red yarrow, bee balm, and a pee gee hydrangea tree.
So many lovely colours this time of year.
Have a great day everyone,
We're off to see Gregg Allman tonight at Artpark in Lewiston and I am stoked. I love his solo music beyond words. It should be fantastic rain or not