Michael Battalio


orchids

rabbit damage

Continued rabbit munching damage is occurring; this time on a lobelia. I seem the scamper around occasionally in the mornings. I’ve never had to deal with rabbits before, so I’m not sure how to deter them.

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Here is another plant from yuccado gardens. This is Sinningia sellovii. It is doing quite well in its first year. It seems to like the space in the bed by the driveway. I thought it would be very challenging to fill that bed, but everything I’ve picked seems to like it there.
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Here is another daylily. This one is my own hybrid, Stormy Sunset. Its growth habit is quite different from its time in Mississippi. The leaves are much yellower and the flower stalks were a lot shorter, about half as tall.
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The coleus from the previous couple of entries are doing great. I’ve planted them throughout the yard and in many pots on the front and back porches.
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Here are a couple more orchids that are in full bloom.
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A mysterious caladium has returned in one of the beds. I planted about 100 of them last year, and all of them died except this one. I’m quite surprised that this one is here. The are tender tropical plants, and temperatures dropped into the lower 20s twice during the winter. Perhaps this one is simply planted a bit more deeply than the others were. I have no idea. I’ll be interested to see if it returns next year as well.
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I’ve had an excellent harvest of tomatoes this year. The secret is to planted them as early as I possibly can so that they can put on enough growth to support fruit production. Now that these are harvested I will pull the spent vines up and prepare to plant a fall crop in about a month.
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Lots of new plants

Last week we got more rain in three days than we have had in five months. I fear it might be another few months before we get another rain like that. The biggest item in the garden this month is the haul of plants I bought at the Antique Rose Emporium’s mother’s day sale. All 1 gallon plants were $4.00, which is an excellent deal; I bought a lot of them.

One of the coolest was a Gomphrena called Pink Zazzle. It is tender and hardy only to zone 10, so I have it in a pot and will move it inside this winter.
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Here is a sedge that will hopefully fill a spot in dry shade.
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Lastly is a veronica that is hardy to zone 6.
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Other plants are coming into their own as well. Here is a crimum lilly about to bloom, and a yarrow:
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I’ve been having pest problems as well. I discovered a rabbit foraging among the perennials yesterday, and it took off behind the church across the street once it noticed me. It has been munching on the lupines. It took one to the ground, and the other two aren’t looking so great.
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The vegetable garden looks great. I have grown the biggest broccoli head I’ve ever had this spring, and it is completely organic.
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The eggplant and corn also look very good.
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Coleus in the greenhouse are about ready to set in beds for the summer. The ones in larger pots I’ve transplanted so that they are larger once they get in the ground.
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Lastly, my orchids look amazing. They love the sunroom, but once they bloom I move them across the house so I can enjoy them. Here are just a couple:
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