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Some helpful articles scattered around the 40 or so pages here -

Coping with the 
dastardly Lily beetle.

Shrub Pruning Tips

Winter Garden Protection

Correct planting of 
new trees & shrubs

Increasing Drought Tolerance.

"Low"maintenance gardening?

Spring Early Summer High Summer Autumn Winter



Bits 'n bites on
things to do, or
things happening,
in the August / September garden. 
Articles here are
collected from
my "Dirty Knees"
newsletter and
some of my
seminars, and appear
 in no particular order.


Index to a few
highlights here in
 Late Summer Notes for Zone 4 gardeners.

Aug.'09 Rain, rain, and more rain - enough already!

July 2008 The must-do list before you head off on holiday.



from Outside my Window, August 2009.
Remember summer 2007 when the heat and drought just went on and on?  We were all convinced that it was a sign of things to come in the era of climate change. 

Well...uh...where's the drought?  Can I have some drought please? PLEASE!

 We have had so much rain combined with a lack of any intense sun and heat this summer that many plants just flopped about as though they were drunk.  Many drought loving plants suffered rot spots and mildewy leaves.  They were loving the wet cool spring as they were in their green growth phase, but by summer they needed some heat and sunshine!  To say the blooming this year was lackluster as a result, is an understatement!  

Normally sturdy, upright and tall, this new salmon Echinacea hybrid I was so looking forward to being really great this year in my 2nd year garden, is flopping near the ground instead, with many fewer blooms than it would normally have had.  

Overall, it isn't so much the excess water that's the problem, but the inherent lack of sunshine and heat that comes with lots of rain days.  There's not much to be done about this problem.  At least when climate change brings us dry heat, we have the option of planting lots of drought tolerant things, as many of our standard garden plants are, but when it's too much water though, all we can do is dream of next year.


  Daylilies.  Tons of colours and sizes to choose from.  Evelyn Wolf, Garden Consultant

Mid-July to mid-August is daylily time.  With everything from 12" short to 48" tall and flowers in all sizes and colours, it's hard not to make room for at least a few.  Beautiful on their own, but partnered for contrast or harmony their not large, not a fancy form or ruffled, but this one that I call "Hot Coals" literally glows out of wherever it is in the garden.vibrant colours shine.  Here Baby's Breath creates a dreamy backdrop for red 'Hot Coals'.





from July 2008's "Outside my Window"
in the garden.   

Weed, weed, weed!  Deadhead, deadhead, deadhead.  

I'm sure I could come up with something a bit more profound than this if I wasn't so tired (more bored actually) from all the weeding and deadheading! 

A new crop of weeds
is sneaking up just as you're packing for holidays, and all those blooms of high summer means lots of deadheading if there are to be blooms for August.   Soooo ... not very profound or complicated, but weed, weed, weed.  Deadhead, deadhead, deadhead, is your tip for July. 

The clearance sales have started and there are plenty of tempting bargains to be had.  Remember that this is probably the worst time to be planting so take the extra time to really soak the plants by immersing them in a bucket of water until all the bubbling stops, before planting them in a well watered hole.  Once planted, put up some temporary shade for a few days and water very deeply every three days for 2 weeks at least.  Don't expect much from them this year since they need to struggle through the heat to get some feeding roots out.  If there are flowers on the plant it's best to cut them off to help it focus on roots.  It's hard, I know, but the plant may reward you with a fresher crop of blooms later.

If you've been procrastinating on some needed pruning perhaps you have an excuse to put it off even longer since we're entering the "NO PRUNE" zone of September & October.  Anytime is a good time for light maintenance pruning to remove the 4D's - dead, damaged, diseased or deformed branches, but any major pruning should ideally wait until November at this point since pruning stimulates growth that won't have time to harden off before winter.  By November the plants are already well along in their preparations for dormancy and aren't stupid enough to put out growth.

More later - there's more weeding and deadheading waiting for me!

                                Cheers!  Evelyn



  Daylily 'Baby Talk' looking perky and fresh in the background. There isn't anything sadder than the flowers of this old fashioned hosta.  I remove them to enjoy the fresh green foliage that helps the neighbouring flowers look that much better.



Two moisture lovers. This picture is from July 2004 - both plants have lost their battle with my dry ground by now. The Ligularia in particular needs lots of moisture to grow to its 6' potential.These two were made for eachother!  Bee Balm 'Cambridge Scarlet' and the tall spikes of Ligularia 'The Rocket'.  Pinch back half of the growing tips on Bee Balm in early June to extend bloom.

      Echinacea 'Reubenstern' (Purple Coneflower 'Ruby Star').  Brighter and sturdier petals than the species. Hybridizers have brought coneflower a long way in recent years with white, orange, and yellow colours now available in this sturdy, drought tolerant, long flowering, classic.


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