A Rainy Day in the Garden……

049Hello on this dreary rainy Friday…hope my post finds you and yours well, happy and dry.  This has certainly been a wet spring that is now becoming a wet summer. 

So much has been going on, traveled up tp State College, it is so beautiful up there.   “The Arboretum @ Penn State is worth the time to check it out.   Within the Arboretum is The H. O. Smith Botanic Gardens.   which are both adjacent to Penn State University Park.  There are strolling gardens, along with walking trails and soon to be “Children’s Garden”.  There is a wonderful lotus pond, benches are placed throughout the Arboretum to encourage you to sit and enjoy the sounds and scenery.  The Arboretum is open dawn to dusk every day and free.  (http:arboretum.psu.edu//)  There is a live stream.  Enjoy!

While reading the “Berks County” in Wednesdays’ paper, there was a great article about worms you can read it online….worth the read.  I like worms, they are so beneficial to our eco system.  (BERKSCOUNTRY.READINGEAGLE.com)

I wanted to share that Penn State Master Gardeners present “Crafts for the Garden” July 13th -9:00am – till noon at Berks County Agriculture Center, and the ” Heritage Herb Garden” at Berks Co. Heritage Center @1102 Red Bridge Road, Reading, Pa 19605.   There you will be able to ask  Master Gardeners questions ,  as well as getting soil kits, pruning tips, composting tips…..Plus you can tour our new gardens….see you there – maybe!

Update:  Remember the little leaf miner  problem – the new leaves appear to be free of mining – only time will really tell. 046  While strolling through the garden for a peek, discovered “Black Eye Susan’s” beginning to open.  But, the knock-out roses are taking a one – two punch with the rain, as you can see.rain in the garden 003                             rain in the garden 002

I have tried to plant planting so that I have flowering throughout the flowering season.  If you have mums that have begun to flower, like some of mine.    Tomorrow or over the weekend would be good  time to trim them back, so that those mums will reflower in fall and not topple over from becoming leggy.

Before I close for today, I wanted to share the beautiful swallow-tailed butterfly visiting my garden days ago….until later, Elpollinators in the garden 002

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