Saturday, June 30, 2012

‘Notes from a Country Garden’ Video– “Extreme Heat and Roses”


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Happy Saturday and Happy Weekend Dear Garden Friends…  I was up and at in pretty early this morning in the garden.  Set the sprinklers at the butterfly hill to give it a nice long drink.  I have been watering the rose garden and front beds late at night after it cools off a bit.  Still no rain and it is just so horrible hot and dry.  Last two days the high was 105 and 107.  We are 11 inches below normal rainfall and no precipitation since early May.  I am anticipating cracks in the ground any day, it is a dust bowl here with our gravel road.  I am only outside in the very early mornings and late evenings, and honestly, I miss being in the garden.  Here is a video I did yesterday showing how I am trying to help my roses in this horrible heat…
Click to view my rose garden…
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One good things is we have been doing lots of things with the girls and swimming often in the lake.  That is about all this weather is good for.  Even our dogs love how good the lake feels this week.  I have been fretting over how hot it will be for the holiday.  Every year we have several friends here at the lake.  I can remember many a year it being cold and even raining… I’d take either of those.  But I guess we can all just get on a floatie and watch the fireworks IN THE LAKE this year!  Yes, it looks like they will be doing them, at least I haven’t heard anything to the contrary yet.
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These pictures were all taken before I put the shade tent up.  If you did not see that it is on the video I had at the beginning of this post.  It has helped SO MUCH, I cannot tell you how much cooler it feels and it makes me feel like I accomplished something to save this area a bit of stress.

Honestly this is the best the rose garden has looked since early spring.  I just hope it can hold on till it cools down a bit, but that is looking like it will be at least a week away.

But enough about the weather, lets get to some blooms!  These are just a few of the roses I have blooming this week.  I will take more pictures when it cools down this evening…
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Coral Flower Carpet Rose
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Enchanted Evening Rose
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Caribbean Dream Rose

Our Lady of Guadalupe Rose

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Tropicana Rose
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Queen Elizabeth Rose
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Double Delight?  Maybe??  That is what I bought it as, but it looks a bit off to me, but it is a lovely roses none the less.
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~Brooke~
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Friday, June 29, 2012

The Heat Is On…. Unfortunately

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(This lovely plant is called Rudbeckia  ‘Cherokee Sunset’ or Gloriosa Daisy.  Isn’t it lovely?  One of my new favorites, I will be dividing it in the fall to add to more places in the garden.)
From our local news…. 
We smashed a record high on Thursday with 107-degrees knocking out 102 set in 1936. Record highs likely over the next 3-days.
Heat wave with temperatures greater than 100-degrees will persist into next week. An elevated fire danger will continue until further notice.
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I wish I had better news to report about our area…. but I don’t.  Still no rain, sweltering heat.  Many compare it to Arizona weather.  Very dry heat, not enough moisture for humidity, which makes it strange for Indiana.  Add to that we have had some wind gust, making watering from the hose dry out that much faster.
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But aside from all that, my garden is holding its own.  That comes from over an hour of slow watering a day working my way around the house.  I am doing each bed every three days and that seems to be working for me.
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Only the areas with hydrangeas and containers are watered daily and some days twice a day.
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I have set up an ‘plant hospital’ under the deck and all of my containers have been removed from the deck, anywhere from the sun.  I simply could not keep up.
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After a few days rest they popped back up and look much better.  I am not in any hurry to carry them back up, they actually are so much easier all in one spot!
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But the pictures I am sharing are from last Saturday along the back of the house.  It is planted very densely and I truly think that helps… keeping whatever moisture and shading the roots.  All of these plants are sun-lovers and mostly drought resistant.
This dry spell has really got me thinking about my garden in a new way.  I will be considering moving or removing many one time bloomers or water hungry plants for more grasses or sedums.  Groundcover has been a godsend and any places I still have mulch between the plants are where it looks the worse.  I will be letting my shrubs grow un clipped for additional shade… and as soon as I can possibly add more trees I will do so.  This being full sun with little shade is killing me this year. 
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But life goes on outside of the garden.  Hubby hasn’t been mowing for a month now, and his golf game in the backyard is in full swing.  The lake feels wonderful and most weekends we are in it several times a day.  With the holiday coming up there will be visitors and cookouts and such….  I hope you can still take time to enjoy your garden and appreciate your efforts.  I know how much work it is, but keep going, it will be worth it if it ever cools down.

Happy Gardening….Brooke
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pink Roses on the Arbor

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Thanks for visiting…Brooke

---Roses---

On Arbor: Coral Dawn

On Fence: Queen Elizabeth

Wildflower Wednesday - June

Welcome to a hot, dry Wednesday in Indiana.
My area has been one of the hardest hit in the Nation this summer.
Here is the latest drought map and we are smack in the RED.
Not a good place to be.  

So my full time job has been dragging the hose 
this summer.  Our grass is completely burnt up, 
but so far I have kept the blooms coming along.  
Here is a virtual garden walk I did last night giving 
you a good look around....


And here is a few pics of my wildflower bed out by the road....




Thanks so much for stopping by and please pray for rain for so many of our garden friends.  I know I am not alone in this battle.  Here is the map of all the US.

US Drought Monitor, June 19, 2012

Again I am in the Red, Drought - Extreme.  
We're Praying we will not go into the Brown, which is the most you can go.  
Many of our friends and neighbors are farmers, 
and they are beside themselves over this weather.

Thanks again for stopping by....Brooke
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Favorite Flowers - Indian Giver Daylily

Is this not one of the most fantastic daylilies you've ever seen?  
Okay it is not one of those that costs hundreds of dollars, but it is pretty darn fabulous to me!
It is called Indian Giver and I am in love with its form and colors.  Especially its white edges and frills! 


It is a rebloomer---- Hybridized by Ferguson; Year of Introduction: 1991
18-24 inches tall, zones 4-10, semi evergreen.
Winner of several daylily awards when introduced.

This daylily is easily found on the web for sale.

It is a keeper in my book.  This is one of my many new ones I got last year when a local grower/hybridizer retired and sold all of his stock.  I will try to share more of my new favorites as they bloom.

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~Brooke~

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Daylily Season In Full Swing!


Hello dear readers!  I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.  I am stopping by to share with you just a few of the lovely daylilies blooming here at the lake.  I will have more to share with you soon.  Enjoy!!
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‘Pink Ambrosia’
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‘Miss Amelia’
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‘Pink Windmill’
Bambi Doll
Bette Davis Eyes
Corryton Pink
Rosy Returns
Custard Candy
Pardon Me
Prairie Moonlight
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Hyperion
There are so many more blooming, I love them all.  Don’t you?

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~Brooke~
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