What a Summer!

What A Summer!
What an interesting gardening summer we are having! After a wet June, the first half of July threatened to become really dry. Then we received some lighter hold-us-over showers that helped our sprinklers keep things growing. The last week of July was bonus rain week, as we received about 4 inches of generally welcome rain.
The less welcome thing about July this year was the resurgence of the Japanese beetle population. Last year most people reported seeing fewer beetles, but this year they are back, at least in the Blok garden. I suspect the 2009-2010 winter was harder on the beetles than last winter. I only hope we will start seeing a rapid decrease in beetle population as we get into August. I am afraid that even if the beetle population declines as we approach September, the leaf damage that the beetles are doing in the garden, will linger on the bushes as our September 3 rose show approaches.
I have been cutting back quite a few roses, beginning in mid-July. It is a guessing game. I am trying to recycle our roses, mainly the large roses, so that more of them will delay their bloom until rose show time in September. One of the complications is that our September shows are 2 weeks apart, and I feel I am shooting at a moving target.


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