Busy time in the garden. I removed an ornamental grass that wasn't doing what I'd hoped it would. Too much vinca major had rooted and the clump wasn't as full as I'd hoped. Made 2 of my neighbors very happy though, to get the divisions. In it's place, I planted the 2 tickseeds and barberry. Across the way, I planted the helenium and a small red ornamental grass to balance the color.
Yesterday, I cleaned up the 'main' flower bed, after admiring one last day lily blossom. I pulled a lot of ribbon grass and cut back a lot of vinca. Finally got the butterfly weed and hummingbird mint planted in the bed! Close to where I had been displaying them in their pots, so I hope they will thrive in the ground.
Last night it rained like crazy, so watering chores will be unnecessary today!
Took my daughter, grandson and his friend, and myself to the public pool yesterday. Great timing, as we had 94 degrees with high humidity making it feel over 100! I'll have to get a folding chair for next time though. Sitting on the ground is soooo bad for my rear and my spine! Daughter gave me a wonderful massage last night! Only $20 for the four of us to get in at the pool! Wish I had found this place sooner!
My daughter was lucky enough to spot a yellow swallowtail butterfly in my garden yesterday! She got 2 pictures before it flew off! So, even though I didn't get to see it in person, I'll always have the pictures. My neighbor's son got a picture of a Luna moth! I'm envious!
So sorry to hear about the crop losses my fellow gardeners are suffering. Diotomaceous earth can be used for slugs and is eco friendly, a natural pesticide. It can be used to fight slugs and grubs and will also help with other soft bodied insects. I spread 'food grade' D.E. around the yard where the dogs are and it helps with fleas, too. Just wear a filtering mask when spreading it so it doesn't cause lung inflammation from inhaling it. I only found one market that carries it here. I can get the 'garden' type at the Lowe's or Home Depot, but 'food grade' is a little harder to get in a brick and mortar store. There are several sources to order from online.
multiple surgeries for rotator cuff both shoulders with residual chronic impingement syndrome, ulnar nerve transposition, carpal tunnel release, wrist ganglionectomies/denervectomies/tenolysis, multiple herniated discs, tarlov cyst, whiplash, bursitis of hips, tendonitis, torus, 3rd degree shoulder separation, torn labrum, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors of the uterus