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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Newly Established


Marcel Proust once penned that “A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.” So while the humidity still lingers, today’s much needed rain is appreciated in our gardens. It’s been over a week without a soaking, steady drink from Mother Nature. Heck, celebrate it’s a vacation day from watering paraphernalia. That’s bound to create an uptick in the spirit department. 

But let’s talk about newly planted material you may have purchased and put in the ground this season. If you haven’t noticed, it’s been a tough year to get things going and established. First, boatloads of rain and then came the long stretches of heat. This set off the schedule of when one could plant but the heat stress factor; it went right off the dial. And for new plants, this can be the ‘do or die’ scene.  

So keep your growing expectations where they ought to be – you might see some failed plant material because of these weather extremes. The perfect window of opportunity was small this season. Yes, there is such timing even when it comes to planting. Maybe some of you remember this post in late May.  

With constant monitoring of your newly planted material, especially for those that rely solely on irrigation systems, always make certain the installed system is running properly and check it on a regular basis. Like anything mechanical, it has that wonderful aspect to go on the fritz, especially when it is needed the most. There is always the more reliable method for watering, which requires the old-fashion ‘get out’ and water by hand. Deep root watering is critical for plant materials in any stressful heat situation. That’s why today’s rain is such a celebration. I may have spoken too soon, though. It is coming down in buckets!

With that point, let's call this subject a wrap and summarize it with a simple Tuesday thought. Lorri Myers sums up what is often most needed. “Resilience is not a commodity you are born with, waiting silently on tap. It is self-manufactured painstakingly over time by working through your problems and never giving up, even in the face of difficulty or failure.” So remember that during this tough summer of establishing one’s garden.

Image by Ann Bilowz ©

Yes, it’s those resilient Daylilies again!

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