Hello from Garden on Sherlock Street!
We are in full summer mode. Shortly after Independence Day, I harvested the garlic. It was a nice crop. As I was working the soil, I noticed we were getting dry again. Low and behold, that night it rained. An inch and forty hundredths.
I need to get out into the alley and pull weeds! Last year, the alley was crispy. What a change.
Pulling weeds in the alley will give me spaces to plant irises.
This iris bed near the picnic table didn't bloom as well this year and I started wondering how many years it had been since I planted it. So, the day after the rain, I set to work digging up the irises. I started with the potato fork you see, but had to resort to a sharp shooter to get under the solid layer of iris tubers. It was way past time to thin them out.
Here, all of the irises have been dug and are laying around the area in piles.
I trimmed the leaves down and planted some of the irises back into the area.
I also have plenty of irises for the alley, and plenty of irises to share. A lady at work and the newest neighbor are getting irises.
The fireflies are really great in the garden this year. I've been reading about how to photograph fireflies, but I think the garden gets too much light from lights around the neighborhood to really capture them as they need to be in the dark. So, just take my word for it that they're great. :-)
Because the rains have helped our city's water wells, we are going back to the water watch phase. This will allow more hours of the day when water can be used from the faucets outdoors and people can get permits to seed new warm season lawns. Hoping this is the beginning of drought recovery!
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