One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

Mid-July Garden Report

Already we are nearly half-way through July.  How very quickly this month’s days fly away every year.   Nothing like the holiday revels of Independence Day and a few nice beach days and a buttload of watering to help wear away the first couple weeks of this seventh month, I suppose.

Besides the nasturtiums, all kinds of interesting things are happening in the deck garden.   Those surprise cosmos are coming into their own in several pots, and will probably work in concert with the morning glories to o’ertake the whole affair just as they did last summer.  I’ll lay on the watering and be a little more serious about pruning them this year and we should be fine.

Speaking of Surprises Beside the Nasturtiums (and also morning glories), those beauties featured in the last post were only just starting to open when the first morning glory of the season appeared, nestled amongst the nasturtiums.

I’d never even noticed it growing in between the nasturtiums until suddenly it was blooming in sharp contrast to the other flowers.  This is one of last year’s eager beavers back for another summer.

It could be this will the summer where I enact that chapter of the Evil Genius’ story where he is overrun by the now uncontrollable creation.

Now there’s something to look forward to.

Since I’ve adapted the watering schedule for the verbena (to Twice Always Every Second Or Six in Perpetuity…or as they say, two or three times a day), it’s blooming quite nicely, although it’s ready for a heavy dead-heading once again.

Speaking of blooming nice, this senior geranium is really stepping up to the plate this summer and is just loaded with these wonderful red flowers.

I’m happy to report that the rooting cuttings of Montauk daisy are doing quite nicely in their nursery box on the deck.

This is especially good news, since it appears that the parent plant has not bounced back from it’s difficult treatment during the unfortunate excision of the invading bamboo a few weeks ago.

In that same planter with the geranium, I’m happy to discover that non-conformity is the rule with these patterned petunia blossoms.   While many are quite similar, more often than not, the ratio of purple to white varies wildly from flower to flower, as evidenced by the three different blossoms visible in this photo below.

The southeastern railing of the deck is string with twine, on which clambers my cucumber vines.   Already small fruit are appearing, following closely the legions of yellow blossoms that started just last week.

In another part of the forest (well, the northeastern corner of the deck railing), another morning glory joined the chorus this morning.   Clearly, things have already escaped my control.

But happy surprises have been the order of the week, following the lead of that first stealthy morning glory.   In the pot housing some daylilies and one of those Charleston irises from a few weeks back, I’d noticed some familiar-looking seedlings growing.

I didn’t remember specifically planting anything there, and my “notes” on the  Spring Sowing are sketchy at best (which is to say, non-existant).

One of those familiar seedlings turns out to be lavendar bacopa and some dark blue lobelia, both of which starting blooming just this week.  Nestled in alongside them appear to be some zinnia seedlings not yet blooming.   We’ll have to wait ’til then to be sure of anything, of course.

And then – out of all reason or expectation – in between the oregano and chives in the herb  planter, appeared this hot pink petunia.

Life, I am continually reminded, has many surprises in store.

If you’re lucky, many of them are pretty sweet.


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