Friday, November 27, 2015

This Week in the Garden: Taking the Bad with the Good

This week hasn't been the most photogenic or productive in our garden, but sometimes you just have to take the bad with the good, I suppose!  It got off to a fabulous start, getting down and dirty on productive tasks including, transplanting the rooted hydrangea cuttings into their permanent planting spaces and mixing soil, compost, and manure into the freshly reclaimed in-ground veggie patch.  Sadly, that's about as productive as it got this week.  Remember last week's news that something was troubling my newly transplanted baby lettuce seedlings?  Despite my best efforts, they were relegated to the defeat pile and I have moved on to trying to protect their former raised garden bed mates. Elsewhere, my battle of the bugs continues.  Neither the homemade nor store bought organic methods attempted thus far have been successful at ousting the bronze beetles in my berry patch. Don't even get me started on the fungus. In other sad developments, coconut coir pellet transplants seem to smell very enticing to the neighbours' cats and our dogs - one by one all of my carefully grown and planted babies have been dug out (sometimes repeatedly).  The next batch of coir seedlings is still developing, so I will need to protect them better when planting them out.

Since my garden news is less than pretty this week, and exterior repair activities are impeding access in the nicer areas elsewhere (keep your fingers crossed for me that our finally filling out front flower beds won't be too badly trampled or smashed with scaffolding!) I'll take you a little further afield with our pictures this week.  The weather is warming, but the neighbourhood gardens, parks, and trails are still looking great!  Most of the fruit trees have blossomed and gone (some are even forming young fruit), but there are still rhododendrons and azaleas here and there, and the dogwoods are also looking lovely. 

The area where I often walk the dogs has some striking clusters of echium and the bees are absolutely loving it at the moment. You can hear them buzzing away well before you reach the bushes and they are is usually covered in both honeybees and bumblebees.  Their corbiculae (the hairy little receptacles on their hind legs) appear blue when they are bulging with echium pollen.  Very cool.

What's happening in and around your garden this week?  Whatever your garden/green news, we would love to hear about it. Please leave a comment or post us a message on the GiRL Facebook page I look forward to sharing our garden with you as it grows.

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