Hot Summer Days

Platycodon, balloon flower

Beautiful blue skies and hot sun. The garden is colorful but very quiet. This is the time of year when deer wander through, joining the rabbits and other residents who feast on the garden.  The damage isn’t bad right now, although visitors ask me if I trim the hostas that way (?!?)

deer in garden

The soil is dry, and  thunderstorms keep passing us by to the north, as they often do in South County. Most of the plants here are holding up well, but a few are beginning to droop badly. So it’s time to drag the hoses around. This is a time-consuming but unavoidable morning chore here at the Botanical Gardens.

sunny border

The Gardener’s Blog is heading off to Vermont this weekend. The Botanical Gardens will be in good hands with The Boys, as long as they keep watering! There are exciting things in store including new glass for the greenhouses and a renovation of the Horridge Conservatory.  Stay tuned for an update when the Gardener’s Blog returns with pictures of beautiful weather (hopefully!) and northern gardens.

echinacea, joe-pye weed

two fawns in garden

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2 thoughts on “Hot Summer Days

  1. Susan Fredette

    My problem is those wascally rabbits! They eat all of the blossoms off my petunias and of course it’s the planting right by the front walk. What to do? Don’t want to hurt them, they are too cute!

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  2. uribg Post author

    We have those cute rascals here too (there’s a picture on our website, cels.uri.edu/uribg). I’ve heard hot pepper spray is effective but I haven’t tried it. Good Luck!

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