The pumpkin patch is growing lovely vines and very few pumpkins. Last month we had a run in with squash bugs and so hand picked bugs and eggs, then applied sevin dust; which we hate to do. Bugs gone, the vines exploded. Yet, hand pollinating the flowers is not producing any more pumpkins. Each bloom opens, we pollinate, the bloom closes and dies. Although we know this has nothing whatsoever to do with the sevin dust, we cannot help but wonder.
The pond is dry now, and so too the willow grove. When the soil was still damp and uncracked we noticed beaver leavings; woodchips, gnawed trees, and skinned branches everywhere. The fast water in the creek must have coerced them into the safety of our sometimes-pond where they dined on bitter river willow and easy to chew cottonwood. Instead of calling animal control for extraction or setting traps, we used urine deterrent. The beavers left the area within three days. If you have a feed store or hunting store near-by you can purchase urine scent. If you have a family member willing to pee in the woods twice a day, save your money.
Have you ever heard of sunburned rose blooms? We think we have one. It bloomed just before two high UV days. The bloom looked burnt. Every petal was black and curled in on itself. We know leaves can suffer from sunburn, especially semi-shade and shade plant varieties, but a rose? A rose bloom? Subsequent blooms are not burnt. It appears to have been a one-time occurrence. Strange happenings in the garden this summer…The only plant growing as expected are the morning glories. A whole line of them, twenty feet long.