Thursday, July 25, 2019: Blooms

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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Waning Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

This photo, of my morning glories, is one of my favorite photos of the season.

My pink hydrangeas are blooming, the morning glories are blooming. The clematis is finished. The pansies and petunias are still doing well.

Our tomatoes are forming, but they aren’t yet red enough to eat.

Everything else is thriving, and it’s a joy to be outside on the deck every day.

We were lucky — the tornado was two towns over, and didn’t hurt anything here.

I have every intention of enjoying every moment I can in the garden and on the deck this summer.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy your garden, too.

Thurs. July 18, 2019: Growing Season

Thursday, July 18, 2019
Third Quarter Moon in Aquarius
Jupiter Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Holly
Rainy, hot, humid

Things are growing. The morning glories are finally starting to bloom. The Etoile Clematis is gorgeous.

We have quite a few sungold tomatoes on the vine. I hope they start turning colors soon, so we can eat them.

The lettuce is nearly finished, the herbs are doing well, the rest of the tomatoes are getting blossoms.

The tiger lilies and shasta daisies are blooming.

There was a gorgeous green hummingbird drinking from the hosta blooms the other day. I adore hummingbirds.

We don’t have any Queen Anne’s Lace or Feverfew this year. We had so much the past two years, and I miss them.

We’re in for a hot, humid patch, which I’m not looking forward to, but the plants need it.

I’m longing for a place I own, so that I can set up permanent gardens and build them, year-to-year, the way I want them.

How are your gardens growing?

Thurs. July 11, 2019: Watching the Garden Grow

Thursday, July 11, 2019
Waxing Moon 2nd Quarter Scorpio
Jupiter Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Holly
Hot, humid, misty

It’s been a few weeks since I posted.

First, I want to say how much stress has be removed from my life by hiring someone to mow. I wish I’d done it years ago!

The tomatoes are doing well. Even the late-transplanted ones are steadying and growing. The basil’s going like gangbusters, and is potent.

I’ve been posting photographs on Instagram @devonellingtonwork, if you’re interested.

I found weird little gold shiny bugs on the morning glories. They look like teeny, tiny, shimmering gold snails. They have black wings. Anyone know what they are?

Eggplants and peppers are doing well. The kale and argula and lettuce are thriving, and we’re eating it.

I was late planting the bush beans, peas, snow peas, zucchini, cucumber, honesty, zinnia, and milkweed, but they’re all coming up. You can practically sit and watch the beans and peas grow moment-by-moment!

Che Guevara Chipmunk is being a major pain in the patootie. He runs around on the deck, burying acorns. Digging up the tender new plants.  I put netting down to thwart him. He’s learned how to peel up some of the corners!

We have three bunnies in residence. They eat and then hang out, relaxing. Because I keep patches of dandelion and purslane in the yard, they leave the plants on the deck alone. It’s delightful to watch them.

Cardinals, mourning doves, blue jays, crows, orioles. Very few nuthatches this year, and I wonder why. A few wrens.

I’m enjoying this very, very much.

The roses are spectacular this year — rugosa and a pale pink that goes everywhere and beach roses. The stella d’oro lilies are gorgeous, and the tiger lilies are getting ready to bloom. The Shasta daisies and hydrangeas are blooming, too.

However, yesterday, it smelled like autumn. The hostas are already blooming — about six weeks early. Leaves are turning and falling. The wildlife scurries around, setting up stores for the winter.

I hope we don’t have snow in August!