|Two Mr. Lincoln roses were enough to drop-kick some fragrance into the room, but I included a secret weapon - posted below.|
The secret weapon added to the potency of the perfume - Fragrant Cloud.
|Fragrant Cloud is another rose that will perfume a bouquet.|
Most of our roses are fragrant, but when they are not, I include Fragrant Cloud or Mr. Lincoln.
I filled in with Shasta Daisies again. This is my first planting from last year, which has multiplied into 12 clumps by dividing them (very easy to do). Cutting the flowers will generate even more, just like roses and Crepe Myrtle.
Two Boosts for Roses in a Hot Summer
Roses need plenty of water, and mulch will help keep that moisture in the soil longer. A drought means two waterings per week.
For roses or any plant needing intensive care, I use several gallons of rainwater. They sell all kinds of additives to help plants, to protect against shock, for example. God already invented rainwater for that - a combination of newly formed water and usable nitrogen - and it is free.
Sassy's Laotian friends came across the street to see her and look through the garden. Most have fenced off gardens, but I have mulched walk-through gardening. Another new surprise is always popping up to show what fertile soil can do. For example, the Trumpet Vines decided to flower this year, providing a second favorite flower - with Hostas - for hummingbirds
A second boost is constant pruning. My pruning shears and the shovel are both near the front door. If I am making a bouquet for someone, I also look for dead wood to trim away, completed roses to trim away from the stems.
| Ichneumon Wasps: every gardener sees them,|
but how many notice and value them?
Creation Software Experiment
I try to imagine what makes an individual plant or animal distinctive. Variety seems almost endless. Witness the Ichneumon Wasp, a tiny beneficial insect, which is helping you in your garden, unless you suppress it with toxic insecticides. There are 100,000 species - and last I read - possibly more ichneumon species to be discovered.
The Snoring Bird: My Family's Journey Through a Century of Biology (Ecco, $30), by biologist Bernd Heinrich.
|Ichneumon Wasp: beautiful, delicate, tiny - but a deadly tracker of pests.|
Finding and cataloging them was quite a chore by itself - I would stop at 50,000! I can imagine Little Ichabod saying, "Dad! Enough with the wasps!" But even better than their variety is the engineering and management of these delicate insects. How do they know how to flourish while attacking insect pests? They do not really "know" but they do accomplish specific tasks with remarkable determination. They follow roses into the vase when I am gathering flowers for neighbors, friends, and doctors.
Put Down Your iPhone and Read Slowly and Carefully about Some of These Remarkable Little Wasps - Wiki
- Chemical Warfare
- Underground Warfare
- Tracking a parasite, killing, evading with "pot vapors"
| Dill - teeny, tiny beneficials need teeny, tiny flowers|
for the adults to enjoy. Fresh raw meat is normally for the hatchlings.