Scorching temperatures had burned the foliage of the peach foxgloves in the cutting garden in early April and another round of 90 degree temperatures during my absence, combined with inadequate water and an assault by opportunistic aphids polished off the plants.
My husband failed to act on my request to water the cutting garden if the temperature soared while I was gone but in that he used his time to wash all our windows inside and out plus the screens, I'm not lodging any complaints.
|The clean windows also give me a good view of Leucospermum 'Brandi', blooming at last, from my home office window|
Pulling out the sorry-looking peach foxgloves provided room to transplant some of the dahlia tubers I started in pots in early April. Dahlia 'Terracotta' is already off to a great start and needed more room to spread its roots. Generally speaking, the tubers I grew in last year's cutting garden are sprouting faster than the new ones ordered this year even though all were potted at the same time in early April.
|'Terracotta' was VERY vigorous last year and it's looking as though it'll be a strong performer this year too|
|The plant sprawled badly last year so, instead of stakes, I'm using a tomato cage to corral it. If the plant gets as big and bushy as it did last year, the cage should be hidden once the plant matures.|
I pulled the rest of the peach foxgloves after planting 'Terracotta' and popped them into a vase.
I picked up more bagged compost on my way home this afternoon, so I'll plant the other dahlias that have sprouted this weekend. As I'm already late getting my sunflower, zinnia and other summer seeds sown, that task is also at the top of the weekend's project list.
|Where all these seeds are going to go is still a question|
We're experiencing weather whiplash here again with drizzle projected for Saturday. Of course, as the last rain forecast on May 1st fizzled, I'm not holding my breath. At least it should be a cooler day to work in the garden. May the weather favor you however you're spending this weekend!
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