RE: strange gardening year
I know the disappointment you are feeling Auralie...
At first I thought it was some of the types of seeds I was using.
Purchased a bunch off ebay and thought-- hum,..... but even the usual
brands purchased from local retailers didn't do any better. I also
planted a row of sunflowers along the side fence (always trying to hide
it) and only got two to sprout and flower. But did have a bunch of
volunteers in the back area from last years crop or birds feeling sorry
for me :)
Even my hollyhocks, which normally are higher than the fence were only
at the very most 2 ft tall.... very strange looking!
My peaches did fine.. well actually too many of them and they cracked
off one of the branches....
I am sure your garden will be much better next year.... (note, I am sure
you will be fine too...)
> Donna, it's been a very strange year here, too. I, too, feel as if I
> still waiting for summer to start - and others I talk to have said the
> same thing.
> We had one very hot day - 90+ degrees - in April, of all times,
> several frosts. That was the hottest day of the so-called summer. I
> it may have hit 90 one day in early August. The rest of the season it
> in the low 80s or just the 70s. That is not usual weather for this
> can't remember another such cool summer. The worst part was that most
> time was very cloudy, overcast and humid but not much rain fell. I
> others in the area had lots of rain, but we seem to be in a dry pocket
> sort - our pond is down about a foot.
> As for the growing part - my early garden was great. Daffodils were
> than in many years - the planned succession of bloom really worked so
> had daffs for nearly two months. Some years they all bloom in one or
> weeks. The early perennials were good too, but I've never had a worse
> year with
> seed-starting. Many of the seeds I planted just never came up, and
> out a lot more. (Even if we didn't get rain, it was so humid that we
> awful slug year.) For instance I had to plant beans about three times
> before I
> ever got a good row, and I planted six packets of sunflower seeds and
> have three pitiful plants. Sunflowers were planted in pots in my
> garden, in the vegetable garden, and finally I tried starting them
> indoors. Even
> those didn't come up. Can't understand it. I usually have great
> By midsummer I had given up and bought annuals. Most of these were
> promptly eaten by deer, which have been much more numerous than usual.
> found a
> handsome four-point buck breakfasting on my phlox just as they were
> looking good.
> Later they demolished the plantings on my front stoop - impatiens,
> roses, zonal geraniums, and a couple of large hibiscus plants. About
> only thing that survived the various onslaughts and looked great were
> cap lilies growing in a large container. They were pretty spectacular
> few weeks, but of course didn't last after they bloomed.
> The vegetable garden was also a disaster. Onions, which I usually
> with, didn't mature - just browned off at less than an inch in
> Others in the area have had the same experience. I think it was lack
> - onions are day-length sensitive, I know. After numerous plantings I
> have had beans, but not a really good crop. Early peas didn't do
> Many of the squash I planted never came up - after numerous plantings
> had a few squash, but not nearly the abundance I usually have. I
> and on with the litany of what didn't live up to expectations this
> I was unable to work in the garden as much as I would have liked early
> season, but I can't imagine how that would have caused the failures I
> As for weeds - I can't really say they are worse than usual. Just
> slugs and the deer and the lack of sunshine.
> Signs of fall. We are seeing patches of color in the maples, and
> dogwoods are beginning to turn. Goldenrod is full and fall asters are
> starting. I
> noticed yesterday that my Colchicums are blooming (I only have a few.)
> had nights down into the low 50s but this week it has only been the
> at night - pretty warm - even though it didn't get out of the 70s
> day. Today it is raining - a good, steady rain. We haven't had a
> this before this summer.
> All in all, a pretty disappointing year - maybe next year will be
> Of course at my age, who knows what next year will bring.
> Auralie - NY Z5
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