"The serene philosophy of the pink rose is
steadying. Its fragrant, delicate petals open fully and are ready to fall, without regret or disillusion, after only a day in the sun. It
is so every summer. One can almost hear their pink, fragrant murmur as they settle down upon the grass: 'Summer,
summer, it will always be summer.'"~Rachel Peden
"I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the
summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my
"If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it
invented romance."~Bern Williams
stood beside a cottage lone And listened to a lute, One summer's eve, when the breeze was gone, And the nightingale was mute."~Thomas
"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like
it." ~Russel Baker"Oh, the summer night Has a smile of light And she sits on a sapphire throne."~Barry Cornwall
To meet it
-- nameless as it is --Without celestial Mail --Audacious as without a Knock
To walk within the Veil."~Emily Dickinson, The Last of Summer is
beautiful season the Summer! Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood." ~Henry
is no season such delight can bring,As summer, autumn, winter and the spring."~William Browne
summer's sun is worth the having."~French
"Dirty hands, iced tea, garden fragrances thick in the air and a
blanket of color before me, who could ask for more?"~Bev
price is set on the lavish summer; June may be had by the poorest comer."~James
close, bare-bosomed Night! Press close, magnetic, nourishing Night!
Night of south winds! Night of the large, few stars! Still, nodding Night! Mad, naked, Summer Night!"~Walt Whitman
afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most
beautiful words in the English language."~Henry
"What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer,
the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no
sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade."~Gertrude
"The summer night is like a perfection of thought."~Wallace
"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer
day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across
the sky, is hardly a waste of time." ~John Lubbock
"So fades a summer cloud away;
So sinks the gale when storms are o'er;
So gently shuts the eye of day;
So dies a wave along the shore."~Mrs. Barbauld
"It amazes me that most people spend more time planning next
summer's vacation than they do planning the rest of their lives."~Patricia
"Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be
unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside
a lake in the mountains..."~Diane Ackerman
"Summer makes a silence after spring." ~Vita
"Hot July morning scent of crushed mangrove leaves thickens the
"Inebriate of Air am I and Debauchee of Dew
Reeling through endless summer days From inns of Molten Blue."~Emily Dickinson
I was going to walk over to David's just to see what he was up to as I was done with the windows for the day. Grabbed my camera as I try to do most of the time and starting walking but for some reason I walked over to one of my trees looked up, then took a picture liked it so this is what I did for the next hour or so.
Just think of the trees: they let the birds perch and fly, with no intention to call them when they come and no longing for their return when they fly away. If people's hearts can be like the trees, they will not be off the Way.- Langya
For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.- Martin Luther
Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.- Hermann Hesse
The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.- Ralph Waldo Emerson
If what I say resonates with you, it is merely because we are both branches on the same tree.-W. B. Yeats
It is good to know the truth, but it is better to speak of palm trees. ~ an Arab Proverb
Sure you have
noticed that there is a small pipe attached to your air conditioning unit it
that has water draining out of it. The pipe is a drain for A/C condensate. A/C
Condensate is water vapor that is pulled from the air by your air conditioner
as it works to cool the environment inside your home. This water is mineral
free, pure water that can & should be recycled. While I would not drink the
recovered A/C condensate, your plants will love it. Watering your plants with
A/C condensate recycled water is another way to recycle while also saving
on your water bill. I pour the A/C condensate water from the catch
pan to a 5 gal. bucket to warm up before watering the garden.
My A/C condensate water pipe is a bit different as so many
things in the 1919 built Cada Da BillsGarden,there is not one.I noticed this when I first bought the house,
the home inspector said the water was draining down the insulated copper pipe
from the condenser coils to the air handler,I have checked the pan & it’s always
Plants use approximately 1 inch of water from the soil each
week during the summer growing season. Therefore,
this amount needs to be replenished for plants to continue to grow and thrive. Depending on where we live, nature takes care of this for us
by providing rain and we supplement with additional water as needed. Watering is a delicate balance for gardens. Too little water causes plants to wilt and
die. Too much water means the plant cannot breathe; this can cause
rotting and make the plant susceptible diseases.
Tip #1: Create a weekly watering plan.
Step 1: Decide how often you want to water. 1 or 2 times per week is recommended unless
have very sandy soil or live in a very hot climate.
Step 2: Decide what method you will use to water (hose,
watering can, sprinkler, drip irrigation, etc).
Methods that apply water similar to a light rainfall are the
most efficient because the water is more
easily absorbed by the soil and there will be less runoff,
therefore using a hose with no attachment is
Step 3: Before watering according to your schedule, check if
rain is scheduled for that day or the
next. You might
consider waiting to see if nature will do your watering for you. If the rain is not
adequate, fill in the gaps yourself.
Tip #2: Monitor the rainfall in your lawn/garden and
subtract that amount of water from your
weekly watering plan.
The best way to get this information is to measure it yourself, but you
also find this information through the National Weather
Service. You can measure it yourself by
following the instructions below:
Step 1: Place a household pan or cup with straight sides
(not sloping) outside near your lawn/garden
where it won’t be knocked over.
Step 2: Within 12 hours after each rainfall ends, take a
ruler, stick it vertically into the rain collection
dish and measure the depth of water. That is the approximate amount of rainfall
Watering Suggestions to Provide 1 Inch of Water Each Week:
Watering Can: Once
Per Week: ½ gallon of water per square
foot of garden
Week: ¼ gallon of water per square foot
Sprinkler System: Once Per Week: 4 hours of water per reach of sprinkler
Week: 2 hour of water per reach of
Hose Sprinkler: Once
Per Week: 2 hours of water per reach of
Twice Per Week: 1 hour of water per reach of sprinkler
As diligent as you might be about heeding all the gardening tips you've heard over the years, are there some where you simply question their value? You wonder if maybe grandma's advice really was the best? Or maybe |has become outdated?
The National Garden Bureau did. So, the group turned to its members and
asked for their professional expertise on a few commonly cited garden tips
to find out if they were still applicable in today's gardening world.
Here is the latest update.
Myth: To get sweeter tomatoes, add sugar to the planting hole.
Sorry grandma, this is not true. Tomato plants can't absorb sugar in the soil,
they produce it through photosynthesis. The sugar content of a variety is
predetermined in the plant's genetics.
Myth: Perennials won't bloom the first year, especially bare root.
With modern breeding and growing techniques, this is no longer true. In Florida,
we can buy perennials such as pentas, angelonias or periwinkles already in
bloom, and they just continue. However, if you buy a potted perennial that
requires over wintering, then you will have to wait through the first winter to
|get the desired blooms. It's best to inquire from the seller to find out what to
expect that first season after planting. I have some shasta daisies with wonderful
spreading foliage, but they haven't bloomed yet. I am hoping I don't have to wait
as long as winter.
Myth: Pinch off all blooms of annual bedding plants before planting.
In many cases, pinching is no longer an absolute must because today's commonly
available bedding plants are bred to be more compact with continuous blooms.
So, you don't need the pinch to manage growth or promote another flush of blooms.
Myth: Add chalk or egg shells to the planting hole.
This is a good tip, as both of these items will help prevent blossom end rot in
tomatoes, because they provide calcium to the fruit. Because egg shells take
a while to decompose, crush or grind the shells to enable them to dissolve f
Myth: Putting egg shell flakes around the base of plants will prevent slug
Yes, grandma was right: Slugs do not like to crawl over the jagged surface
|of sharp eggshells, so putting down a barrier of crushed (not ground too finely)
egg shells is a great deterrent.
Founded in 1920, the National Garden Bureau is a nonprofit organization whose
|mission is to disseminate basic instructions for home gardeners. I used to work
for them; another job I loved.
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Today's pick: Coleus has always been a wonderful annual for all of the warm
months in Florida and has been considered a shade plant, but there are some
new varieties that will take full sun if they have enough water. All of them root easily and stay nice until winter cold. If cuttings are taken before that, they will last all winter indoors and can be started anew when the cold is past. Most growers cut off the flowers to put more energy into the foliage, but sometimes the flowers are decorative as well.
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Now's the time to bring up something else new. Planting tomatoes in a trench or
up to the first true leaves promotes a sturdier plant. Planting deeply does help
elongate the rooting area because any point on the stem that comes into contact
with the soil will root. The exception is when planting grafted tomatoes, because
if the top work scion takes root it will negate the benefits of the grafted rootstock;
so never plant a grafted tomato too deeply.
OK. I didn't even know there were grafted tomatoes until this sent me to research.
So far, they are used mostly in commercial greenhouses, but they may soon be
on the market for home growers and are said to have improved vigor, production
and disease resistance.
Be ready. There is always something new to learn about gardening.
ByTBO.COM |Staff Published: July 04, 2012
Monica Brandies is an experienced gardener, author and freelance writer who can be reached at email@example.com. Her website is www.gardensflorida .com.