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Summer Splendors

They say all good things must end, and with summer flowers, that saying holds especially true as frost now threatens our annual flowers nightly. Fortunately we have photos to relive summer splendors and plant tags to guide next Spring’s purchases.

I’m going to let the photos do most of the talking here, only adding that I’ve tried to highlight some of the top performers on our deck during this rainy summer. I always like the most trouble-free annuals with the longest bloom period. Of course.


I never hesitate to share products that have worked well for me, even without a paid endorsement. In this case, a shout-out to Osmocote fertilizer, those little round pellets holding slow-release fertilizer. I apply it after May potting, and once again for a mid-season boost.


My first order of business most summer mornings is what I call “draggin’ hose,” more commonly known as watering. Some spot-watering may also occur on extremely hot afternoons, especially after pots become rootbound and dry out more quickly.


I used to completely replace the soil mix in most pots with Pro-Mix BX Mycorrhizae at a cost of $60 or so, but this year I went mostly with whatever mix was left in the pots. The risk of course, is carrying over plant pathogens that can create problems with new plants.


Fortunately, I was able to lean on a good friend who came over several times during a hot vacation week in July to water, a process that can easily take 45 minutes when you add-in all our plants out front. Thanks Ron!


Bring on the bright Fall colors!

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