• Last spring my garden is alive after along winter sleep. Plenty of work to be done. Planted many vegetable seedlings grown in the greenhouse. Lettuce, carrot (sowed direct into the ground), collard, kale, Swiss chard, corn, pumpkin, potato, beet, summer squash, tomato and leek. The garden is doing great. Just yesterday I harvested several zuccinni. Right away I made zuccinni chocolate cake. It is always a joy to be able to harvest from your own garden and cook with the vegetable that you grow yourself. Gardening is an excellent exercise for body and mind. Regardless how big or small your garden is.
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Gardening Calendar In The Month Of June

Woo hoo, finally the rain stopped.  I thought spring will never leave Oregon and today is the first day of summer.  The long-range forecast is for good weather, so I will take the opportunity to do some yard work.  More transplanting vegetable seedlings,  pruning the flower shrubs, mowing the lawn, etc.  I found by following a to do list is quite helpful.  Here it is…..

  • Apply fertilizer to lawns
  • Control root weevils in rhododendrons, azaleas, primroses, and other ornamentals.  Use beneficial nematodes if soil temperature is above 55F.
  • Remove seed pods after blooms have dropped from rhododendron, azaleas.
  • Prune lilacs, forsythia, rhododendrons, and azaleas after blooming.
  • Use an inch or two of organic mulches or sawdust or composted leaves to conserve soil moisture.
  • Pick ripe strawberries regularly to avoid fruit rotting diseases.
  • Control garden weeds by pulling, hoeing or mulching.
  • Thin apples, pears, and peaches when fruit is as big around as nickle.  Expect normal June drop of fruit not pollinated.
  • Late this month, began to monitor for late blight on tomatoes.
  • If  indicated, spray cherries at a weekly intervals for fruit fly.
  • Move houseplants outside for cleaning, grooming, repotting and summer growth.
  • Make sure raised beds receive enough water for plants to stay free of drought stress.
  • Learn to identify beneficial insects such as, ladybugs, ground beetles, rove beetles, spiders and wasps.
  • Blossoms on squash and cucumbers begin to drop, nothing to worry about.

Happy Gardening

Flowers to convey your feelings

 

Roses is not the only flowers with special meanings.  Other variety flowers have the same meanings just like it.  In the Victorian era they would use flowers to convey their feelings. 

  • Lavender             Devotion
  • Calla Lily              Elegance
  • Rosemary            Remembrance
  • Yellow Tulip        Memory     
  • Clematis                Unchanged for eternity
  • Pink Hydrangea Remembrance
  • Red rose                Love, passion, respect, courage
  • White rose            Innocence, purity, secrecy, reverence
  • Purple Iris            Promise
  • Yellow Rose         Joy, friendship, freedom, Highest mark of distinction
  • Sweet Pea              Meet me
  • White Iris               My compliments
  • Blue Salvia             Thinking of you
  • White Carnation  Admiration
  • Cream Rose            Thoughtfulness, charm, graciousness
  • Green Hydrangea Devotion
  • Pink rose                   Happiness, gratitude, appreciation, admiration
  • Ranunculus              Dazzled by your charm
  • Wisteria                      Welcome, steadfast, adventure, playfulness

Happy gardening…….

April Gardening In Oregon

Fertilize the lawn and let spring rains carry the fertilizer into the soil.

Bait for slugs, clean up hiding places for slugs, sowbugs and millipedes.

Do not cut foliage of spring flowering bulbs for bouquet.

Prune and shape spring blooming shrubs and trees after blossoms fade.

Prepare garden soil for spring planting.  Mix generous amount of organic materials and other amendments.

Apply commercial fertilizers, manure or compost to cane and trailing berries.

Control rose diseases such as black spot and powdery mildew.  Prune ornamentals for air circulation.

Cut and remove weeds from near the garden to remove sources of plant virus diseases.

Spray for apple scab, cherry brown rot.

Prepare raised beds in areas where cold soils and poor drainage are a continuing problem.

Plant these vegetables, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, leeks, peas, radishes, rhubarb, spinach turnips.

Enchanted Moss Forest

Green moss on maple branches

Rain, rain and more rain continuously since yesterday,  with plenty of moisture makes it a suitable growing environment for moss.   Yes, all these moss images taken from my property in Oregon. 

Moss covered trees

 
Moss can be found on roof, lawn, concrete slab, decayed wood.  It is amazing how moss can attached themself on anything.  The Oregon green moss which grows on maple branches are soft to the touch.  This kind of moss are excellent for hanging basket liners and will keep all summer long.  As long as the hanging basket is kept moist.  They are easy to peel from low growing maple branches.    

Lichens

Lichen is another variety of moss that looks like a snake-skin. A thick leathery texture to the touch,  it is also good for composting.  Lichen grows on branches will not harm trees because it takes nourishment from the air rather than from the tree.  Lichen also commonly found on dead branches and limbs.  Give lichens access to the sun they will grow with little competition.  Sometime lichen will fall on the ground caused by strong wind.   

Moss are wonderful on trees.  Nature truly has created an enchanted moss forest.   

Happy Gardening……..    

Moss on abandoned log

    

     

Bearded Moss

March Gardening Calendar

  

When spring arrived there are plenty of chores to be done outdoors.  Here are the list of what to do.

  • Plant cool season crops, peas, lettuce, cabbage, onions, kale, chard, if conditions permit
  • Devide hosta, daylilies,  mums and peonies in late March
  • Fertilize rhubab with manure or a complete fertilizer.
  • Fertilize evergreen shrubs and trees.
  • Drench crowns of raspberry plants with nematodes to control raspberry cane borer.
  • Plant berry crops, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries.
  • Prune gooseberries and currants; fertilize with manure or a complete fertilizer.
  • Spray trees and shrubs for webworms, leafrollers, if present.
  • Spray to control leaf and twin fungus diseases in sycamore, hawthorne and willow trees.
  • Take geraniums, begonias, dahlias, gladiolus from storage.
  • Keep tuberous begonias indoors
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs after blossoms fade.
  • Fertilize rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas with acid type fertilizer.
  • Spread compost over garden and landscape areas.Best time of year to thatch and renovate lawns.
  • Plant vegetable garden carefully for spring, summer and fall eating and preservation.
  • Protect new plant growth from slugs.  Use bait or traps.

CANADA GEESE NOT ON OUR LAWN

     

Canada geese are not welcome on our lawn.  They are a menace, heavy feeder, especially on dark green healthy grass.  They leave droppings everywhere on the lawn that created a burn like circle.  I believe this come from nitrogen in their droppings.  The lawn slope to the water edge.  So my husband decided to install a yard guard (portable fence) that comes in 50 feet rolls, 4 feet in hight.  That did the trick, no more geese foraging on our lawn.  They are lazy bird, rather ambling to the lawn than fly over it.  Watching them on the water is quite a sight .  When they sense danger, bobbing up and down their head making a clucking noise.  Signalling they are ready to fly out.  The clucking noise went into a crescendo, their web feet start to run on the water, wings spread wide,  flapping furiously and slowly they lift off.  Flying along the McKenzie river to find another grass field for foraging.    

Did you know that the gander wingspread is as much as 5 feet and his weight approaches 14 pounds, wow that is heavy.  The gander is also a fierce defender of his mate and offsprings. Their habitats are ponds, lakes rivers, freshwater, salt marshes, and grain fields.  The nest is a hollow lined with plant matter and down.  Eggs 2-12, white, incubation 25-30 days, by female only.  Gosling leave nest soon after hatching, they will stay with their parents until next spring.  Their foods are aquatic plants, grass, and grain.      

From spring to fall often I look up in the sky geese flying in their V formation males and females honking greeting each other.  A beautiful sight to be hold in spite their annoying habit of ruining our lawn with their droppings.     

Happy Gardening……    

Canada geese resting on the edge of the lawn.

 

Wild Birds Frolicking In The Snow

 

 

These wild birds (Juncos and Towhees) were lucky enough to find food in a snow storm.  Oregon covered in snow for several days .  A winter wonderland seldom seen in the Pacific Northwest, except, of course in higher altitude.  Rain is common here.  I captured this photo from the kitchen window with a telephoto lens.  It was a joy to watched these birds enjoying their winter feast.