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|Fri, 06-27-2014 - 12:58am|
Which intersect at the corner of edible and plants! I could have posted in food, gardening, or both, but NOBODY goes there. So here I am. This June has been the WETTEST in Chicagoland in 25 years. There have only been 4 days this month when it did not rain. However, "rain In Chicagoland" covers a LOT of territory, so while one suburb may be submerged, another may facing drought conditions. That is because 2 inches of rain in 24 hours does NOT sustain a garden for 2 weeks, and plants can't live on fog.
So, my basil is bolting, which means only one thing--PESTO! I ended up with about 3 cups of finished product, which will sustain Rae, Lolo & me about 3 weeks, or me alone about 5 days......
I also harvested about 2/3rds of the stems of parsley, trying to beat the swallowtail larve. There is enough left to regrow, and since this is the first year, if I bring the pot in this fall and let it rest (and NOT rot) I might even get some next year.
Tomatoes are suffering blossom end rot, and "Aubrey incursion". Thankfully, the Roma plants have born heavily, altho at least a dozen found their way to my windowsill while still quite small and green. I should have realized that the basket I was putting the basil and parsley in, was getting quite heavy...
Rain has caused al least a half dozen of my Coral bells to rot & die. I transplanted them earlier this spring, but foolishly put the crown at or beneath soil level. to combat heaving NEXT WINTER. Well, THIS SPRING, has been very wet, and they did not survive. Here are the main contenders for replacments.
http://www.perennials.com/results_alphabet.html?start=288&letter=H Or just run your cursor down the Heuchera list to see the palnts
I also FINALLY got Cheyenne Spirit Echinacea. Each pot had tricolor plants., so I figured the cost was equal to three plants each. The highlight here is that they come true from seed, and blossom the FIRST year it germinates http://www.perennials.com/plants/echinacea-cheyenne-spirit.html
My last pean to summer is the hydrangea. The rain had knocked over my Annabellas even worse than their own weight had, and dh had to cut lawn, so I cut a huge bouquet. Nothing says spring and summer like a beautiful bouquet of hydrangeas.