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July 9, 2011 - Janet DelTurco
There is a big difference between blogging and writing a column. The main problem for me is that I want to save anything interesting for a current or future column, not leaving much of interest for the blog. But a blog is much more casual, I don't proofread very much, which must be obvious to any readers that happen upon this space, and the length can be whatever I feel like. In a column I hesitate to mention businesses or complete names, while I would do that in a blog if it came up. And because I get no feed-back to a blog, I am not so concerned about any possible errors.

Things are looking well in the garden right now, with the flowers brightening things up on all sides of the house. A good thing, because the traffic to and from the church festival right across the street has a good view of the garden. The new geraniums I had to buy this year after a major winter-kill are doing very well, even though I bought most of them late for 75c each. They have enough time before fall to get to a good size.

The front of the house is not so attractive. The Knockout roses are between blooming spells, and the new hostas are not full-sized yet. This area is undergoing transition from sunny to shady as I stop pruning the ornamental cherry tree so severely, and so many of the sun-loving plants have been moved. I will put in some new shade plants next spring. The tulips, daffodils and hyacinths will be OK since they have finished blossoming before the tree leafs out completely. I usually get a bird nest or two in the cherry and I think the birds will be grateful for the change. I have two new blue hydrangeas on the northeast corner, and they are growing well.

In the vegetable garden the hard work of preparing and planting is paying off. I have picked bush beans twice, dug out a few small potatoes, enjoyed lettuce and radishes, and the tomatoes and peppers are growing nicely. The whole area could use some rain, and there is hope for some storms and showers on Monday, so hope for the best. My melons and squash are rather droopy and smaller than they should be. They just get watering cans full dumped on them. I do not enjoy pulling out that heavy hose unless everything is badly drooping.

This time last year I was in the hospital for my foot surgery, and I am grateful this summer to be able to get around.


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