Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The long weekend

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Early morning sunrise

It was a wonderfully long and eventful weekend. Actually the entire past week has been busy. Last Monday we were visited by fellow Alabama garden bloggers Eve, Deb and LaRue (owner of John's Native Plants). What a wonderful group of ladies - we had a great time!

On Saturday, Jenks Farmer visited! He had been in the Iuka, Mississippi area for a series of events and a bold spur-of-the-moment Tweet from me invited him to see the Shoals and our garden (I think I am getting bolder in my older age!). I had just finished "Deep Rooted Wisdom" which is a fantastic book. I urge all of my readers to read it. It is filled with wonderful stories and practical advice from gardeners who do gardening the old-fashioned way. I learned many things from this book and highly recommend it.

The rest of the weekend was spent pruning and trimming in the garden.

I was up very early on Sunday morning and took a lot of photos (including the one above) which I will share later in the week. The hydrangeas are just beginning to bloom and things are growing like crazy. The heat is creeping in as well. Yesterday was a scorcher but we did get an unexpected downpour late yesterday afternoon which was quite welcome.


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

9 comments:

  1. I am sure Jenks was delighted with your garden, anyone would be. Sounds like you enjoyed every minute of your weekend. Can't wait to see more photos. cheers

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  2. Feels like we went almost straight from winter to summer (85-90 every day) this year here in Tennessee.

    The heat hasn't been too bad actually. But we could really use some rain. It's only rained two days in May and we're about 3 inches below normal precip for the month.

    Every day features forecasts of scattered/isolated showers, but they seem to be isolated far from here. So far the plants seem OK, which heartens me and makes me feel like I'm planting the right drought-tolerant species. But at some point they're going to start hurting as we get into the Dog Days if we don't get some of those downpours.

    I read Deb's post on your garden. Sounds like she had a great visit. I love the sense of warmth and community among gardeners and garden bloggers. So cool...

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  3. Sounds like a lovely weekend. Jenks is great, isn't he? But, then, of course, so are you. Hope you all had a great time. It sounds like you did.~~Dee

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  4. Sounds like a lovely weekend. Jenks is great, isn't he? But, then, of course, so are you. Hope you all had a great time. It sounds like you did.~~Dee

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  5. Sounds like a lovely weekend. Jenks is great, isn't he? But, then, of course, so are you. Hope you all had a great time. It sounds like you did.~~Dee

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  6. Drove by your house on Monday to get another look at the roses. The ones on fence still pretty. It's a pleasure just driving by there. Going to check in the book.

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  7. So beautiful! Lovely capture. I can hear the birds chirping...

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  8. The garden is looking lovely. Your roses are mentioned in a comment - Which ones do you grow and can they cope with the heat ?
    Here in the uk we are getting day after day of rain and grey skies. The plants love it , and are growing as we watch, but it is dismal for mere mortals, as we can't get out in the garden !!

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  9. Jane, mostly old rose varieties. We initially had lots of sun but now totally opposite. As a result, some roses have suffered but most do okay with limited sun. I have found that hybrid musk roses do the best. Disease resistance is good for the older varieties. I don't spray and if a rose is problematic, I take it out. If you go to this link, you will see a list of roses in the garden. Some are not here anymore but most of them are. http://southerngarden.weebly.com/roses.html

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