Notes From My Journal
Its hard for me to believe that itÂs August already, having had a wet gray June and July (along with Jan. Feb., March, April, and May) I must confess I am now feeling a bit panicky about spending as much time enjoying the sunny outdoors as my conscience will allow . Like many of you I have spent most of my time during the early days of summer in the garden weeding which oddly enough hasnÂt been such a bad thing as I have learned to consider weeds an important barometer in my individual garden environments. I began to notice that some of the weeds in my off the charts highly acid woodland were nowhere to be found on the rest of my property and the weeds found in my more cultivated areas were not showing up in my woodland. I do have a few escapees leaving my garden and happily joining my lawn grasses which of course are those red flag plants that I should have thought twice about anyway. So I am curious what are the most prevalent weeds in your garden? Have you noticed different weeds flourish in your different garden environments? What weeds have taken up residence in your lawn grasses?
I have also been spending time volunteering at my local arboretum and feel a little sheepish about the term donating my time as frankly I am learning more than I could ever give in return. I canÂt begin to tell you how much fun it has been to spend hours weeding, pruning, clearing brush, ect with likeminded crazy folk who are happiest with dirt under their nails. What have you been doing outside of your own garden are you studying, working, or touring other gardens? Please share. This leads me to ask is any one still interested in a volunteer day for Mass Hort? I would be happy to look in to it and put something togetherÂheck isnÂt it time we rally as a group of gardeners?
I have yet to take my camera out of its case all summer but each morning I swear to myself that tomorrow when I have more time I will start documenting my garden this year (including its failures) please, please, please, please, post a few photos of your garden (close up and for our Jersey garden buddy wide angle) and guilt me into charging my batteries and sharing with you what is happening in my little world. kt