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June to August 2013...The Summer that almost wasn't


Summer of 2013 seemed to drag it’s feet. It took a very long time to warm up to seasonal …and then it remained on the cool side for the rest of it. We had fewer than 14 days of what might be called hot summer weather. It sounds strange to say that we had only about 8 days of sticky humidity. I couldn’t bring myself to complain. Temps remained moderate and plants which required the heat to ripen fruit…like tomatoes and apple trees…seemed to drudge along into late August before yielding fruit ripe on the vine. Heat loving flowers like the Dahlias didn’t bud up until AFTER the first frost in the first week of September! In short, it was such a snore of a growing season that I’m only getting around to recording my questionable progress in the last week of the year!

In late May we had a miniflood, when one of our neighbours opened a beaver dam and all the mess rushed downhill taking out some of my water irises and almost taking out the culvert under our driveway. In the end it wasn’t a great tragedy as it brought some soil nutrients from up the hill and flattened the grassy area where I wanted to put the duck pond… so… since the soil was soaked and mucky it was not possible to hire heavy digging equipment…and that meant that it had to be dug by spade.

The hollyhocks which were planted last season came into their own in July…wonderful! I wanted some yellow hollyhocks for sentimental reasons and a GoY friend and my sister came to the rescue. I planted so many hollyhocks this summer that they survived the deer predation and I may have an even greater showing next season! The hollyhocks were the success story of summer of 2013.

Have included a pic of the autumn flowers (asters and golden rod) because the purple and gold is a delight.

Near the end of the summer, while digging the pond, I decided to scale back the decking at the back door and move it to the south end of the house to incorporate it into a sunroom/porch.

This will be the subject of the next blog, I suppose. Everything seemed to grow well in the summer of 2013 but seemed late because we never really had a prolonged hot period. It just was NOT normal. But it definitely had it’s delights.

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Wow you have worked so hard and the difference really shows. Your Hollyhock are beautiful and so upright.

30 Dec, 2013


Your plans are coming together Lori and you have worked so hard since first moving in, its a treat to follow you around and see everything coming along and thriving so well, your digging looks like very hard work.
Happy New Year Lori and Best Wishes for 2014. xx

30 Dec, 2013


A great set of pictures , Lori .
The hollyhocks are a delight , and they keep coming ; I still had one out in December .
Lots of good work going on there .

30 Dec, 2013


Its hard to believe its the same place as when we first saw it! Your hollyhocks and irises are beautiful, and your pond digging is very impressive! If you carry on like this you'll have a garden ready to open to the public in no time!

30 Dec, 2013


lets hope next year sees the projects complete and you're planning the next ones.

30 Dec, 2013


Your pictures are very good Lori. The short summer must have suited the irises and hollyhocks. Shame it has to be such a long winter. Our winter is milder this year but very wet and very windy. Lots of people flooded out, no electricity due to high winds blowing down power lines. Lots of gardens under water too. Your garden should look even better next year. Have a happy new year.

31 Dec, 2013


Happy new year Lori..your garden looks lovely, the sunflowers are amazing, as are the iris and hollyhock. digging that pond was no mean feat...what will you put in it? Hope you are tucked up warm and dry..:-)

4 Jan, 2014

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