Mid August Gardening

Second eye surgery – ✓. All I’m waiting for now is time to see how it all works out and what type of glasses I may need.  (pun intended)

Last week, we received a gift of blackberries from our friends up north. It takes a generous man to pick two pails of blackberries and then gift them. 🙂 After sharing and freezing plenty, I made a pie to enjoy. A couple of weeks ago, I visited a fellow master gardener who had this amazing bush with beautiful fruit. So, I  ordered three Triple Crown Thornless Blackberry plants from Stark Brothers. They arrived in great shape, and I have them planted and look forward to future harvests.

I feel a little garden frenzy this time of year because I’m starting to see a few leaves blowing around along with a some maple leaves turning red. I know the vast majority of folks love fall, but here there is a lot of work involved in moving all the leaves that fall from the mature trees on almost four acres. It reminds me of housework – yuck. 🙂

While fall approaches, we are still enjoying a bumper crop of tomatoes. It has been amazing what plenty of compost and fertilizer do for tomato plants. I’ve been giving them away by the dozens. My family, neighbors, and even my eye doctor have been pretty happy.

Over the weekend, I checked the clearance racks in the garden center at Home Depot. I bought two plants, Lil’l Bang Red Elf Coreopsis and Buzz Magenta Buddleia Hybrid, and divided them into six. Oh, I do love doing that. Who could resist a red Coreopsis and a dwarf butterfly bush? Not me.

If you’re a gardener who looks for new plants, here’s a good post from fellow blogger, Laidback Gardener, in Canada. I was doing okay reading through his post until I hit dwarf ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea. Now, that caught my eye.

My garden is still a buzz with pollinators. They love the regular sized butterfly bushes, the hydrangeas and the phlox. If you’re looking for me this morning, I’ll be puttering outside. Happy Monday from my garden to yours. 🙂

 

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About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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35 Responses to Mid August Gardening

  1. The pie looks delicious. What a gift!

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  2. Murphy's Law says:

    I’ve never had blackberry pie, but yours makes my mouth water. Not interested in the Cheerios now!

    I just love the butterfly bush.

    We have lots of brown leaves coming down here in the Hudson Valley….for the past few weeks. And our hummingbird population increased greatly after a slow start, but it’s already thinning out. Always makes me sad to see them go.

    Have fun puttering in the garden.

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  3. Joyce says:

    I will pray for your eye surgery to go well. You are not the type of person to be content sitting around waiting for things to heal! (Notice how I spelled “heal” correctly here? he he he) Lots of fall work ahead, but for you, it’s a labor of love that yields fruit and flowers (and tomatoes!) galore!
    I’m glad I’m not the only one dismayed over the fallen yellow leaves that are beginning to sprinkle our deck. Wish we could have both fall and summer together!

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  4. Laurie Graves says:

    Hope the eye surgery goes well. Fall is indeed a busy time of year. And, oh, that blue hydrangea!
    Wish the conditions were right so that I could have one in my garden.

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  5. Dan Antion says:

    Mmmmmm, Piiiiiiieeeee – (drooling sound).

    I hope the surgery heals quickly. We’ve seen a few autumn leaves, but mostly still green. We have noticed the squirrels chopping some leaves and small branches and building/rebuilding nests. I hope they don’t know something…

    The flower at the bottom is gorgeous!

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  6. Good luck with your eye surgery going forward. That pie! I was gifted a small bowlful last week that went into a crumble but I am yearning a bit of pie now along with a dollop of ice-cream! I’m a newbie follower from England who is just getting into growing my own. Nothing in the way of levels dropping here but I’ll be saving them for mulch if I get any in the plot.

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  7. We have acres of blackberries … and we never get to eat any of them. The birds LOVE our woods! I can understand why, too.

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  8. Almost Iowa says:

    Mmmmmmmmm…..black berry pie…… mmmmmmmmm.

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  9. I can empathise with you over the eye surgery. What are you having done? I’m still waiting to be able to see again out of my left eye. The right one I had fixed last October in South Africa and it was very successful. Thanks for sharing your delicious pie with me. 😃

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    • I had cataract surgery on both eyes with Toric lens implants. Glaucoma runs in my family so I’m dealing with that as well. Together, they provide somewhat of a challenge, but I’m working my way through it. I hope you are able to improve the vision in your left eye because I can appreciate the inability to see clearly. 🙂

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  10. Rupali says:

    Oops you are no tkidding when you say four acres farm. Best wishes Judy and it’s nice to see that you are enjoying the harvest. You deserve it.

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  11. joey says:

    This post has me filled with envy! #1, my hydrangeas did not bloom this year, #2, worst tomato crops I’ve ever had, and #3 he’s not only generous, but self-disciplined with those blackberries! lol
    Your hydrangea pic is beautiful! More speedy healing to you!

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  12. germac4 says:

    Good luck with the surgery Judy & good to deal with the Glaucoma ….Paul’s family has this too. I had a look at Laidback gardener .. and now I’m going to have to buy a dwarf hydrangea … We haven’t had one in the garden since a drought in our area, but I think we have enough water now to have one or two again. Gorgeous! Enjoy your Blackberry pie 💕

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  13. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, blackberry pie – I’m salivating! It looks so good. I love pie – I was thinking of making one with peaches. Really, ANY fruit will do. ;-D

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  14. Oddment says:

    I congratulate you on checking off some pretty important things on that pesky medical to-do list. Celebrating by getting new plants is first-rate, not to mention celebration with pie. And obviously you’re going to need all the energy that pie gives when those four acres of leaves let go! Yikes!

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  15. KerryCan says:

    I know that feeling of autumn coming . . . and the work involved. We have far less land to deal with but it’s still daunting!

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  16. Pie and Hydrangeas! Oh happy Monday do they make indeed!

    I hope all goes well with the 2nd eye surgery!

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  17. Dawn says:

    Sending healing wishes, dear Judy! I love your idea of dividing the new perennials before planting them. I must try that tip! Although I am ‘right-sizing’ my perennial beds, I have promised myself ONE new plant this year as a reward for all of the digging! I left an open space in my History Garden bed and I’ve been longing for pink Japanese Wind Anemones.

    Perhaps you can plan a Leaf Raking gathering of friends this year! I’ll bet you could get the job done quickly with a group of helpers and crockpot filled with hot apple cider. 🙂 Just yesterday on my walk, I noticed a few yellow leaves swirling down in the breeze. ♡

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  18. Judy, your garden sounds so beautiful but I don’t envy you the work of clearing all the autumn leaves. I’d be tempted to leave them there and hope for a windy day to blow them all away. That hydrangea is lovely.

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    • I’m tempted every year. 🙂 One neighbor has a short decorator fence with about an 8′ opening. Through that opening comes tons of her leaves. I’m thinking about putting something up in that space this fall to keep them from blowing through. She hires a guy to pick hers up. 🙂

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  19. Ogee says:

    We only have one acre…not you four…but we mow the leaves to cut them up and then save them in a giant chicken wire enclosure. The leaf mulch is just the remedy we need for our heavy clay soil! I envy you the early fall!

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  20. Joanne Sisco says:

    I’m doing a happy dance because my hydrangeas have been AWESOME this summer. I gave all of them a healthy helping of manure/topsoil in the spring and combined with all the rain we’ve had, they’ve gone wild. I swear that one plant seems to have more blooms than leaves and the blooms are huge.
    Would it be a bad thing if i did it again next spring? 🙂

    Good luck with the eyes. I had both eyes done last year and I was more nervous for the second one than I was for the first one. No particular reason why.

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  21. 69owen says:

    Our blackberries have gone mad this year an excellent year all blossoms. The hedgerows around here are thick with them it is hard to imagine planting any but thornless sounds great. I am collecting elderberries and rose hips ad well its crazy trying to keep up with it all. Love your blog 🙂

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  22. Rose says:

    I need to putter in what I already have! Until I do, I will read and see what you are doing.

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