We've had some good and bad happen in the garden this year. I already mentioned my sluggish seed trays, several of which didn't sprout anything at all. I think this was primarily due to old or dead seeds, but I also wonder about the seed compost. It seems very dense, and maybe it's too dense for the seedlings? It is commercial seed compost, though, so it's supposedly specially made for this kind of thing. Who knows.
Above are our most productive seed trays, with honesty on the right, burdock in the right two columns of the middle tray and hollyhocks everywhere else. I also had two more dahlias sprout, and I've had one cosmos so far (far left, in the green tray). I'm hoping at least a few more of the cosmos seeds come up.
Dave and I bought two new lupines, a yellow one and a red one. We put them out on the patio table, and within 24 hours, the red one was completely demolished by a squirrel. It's almost amusing how thoroughly a squirrel can destroy a plant.
I brought the yellow one back inside. When I pot it and set it out again, I'll have to put it under some kind of wire screen, at least until it gets established. Sigh.
Our amaryllis are looking terrible this year. You may remember a couple of years ago they were afflicted with a fungus called red blotch. I treated them and last year they looked great. I thought we were done with that problem, but no -- the fungus is back with a vengeance. I guess I need to treat them every year. Anyway, we may not get any flowers this year, and even the leaves look pretty awful.
Some people say you should just throw them out when they get red blotch, but I hate to do that.
Dave is taking a group of students to Europe today for some performances. I'll be flying solo here at home (well, with Olga, so not completely solo) until Sunday evening. As I told someone at work, this is my time to watch all the old movies that Dave doesn't want to see!