Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tenacity Update and Gardens

The P. trivialis is definitely dying out, as is all the P. annua. It looks like no further treatment will be necessary this spring, as there's no remaining unwanted grasses.

Discoloration of the surrounding areas is minor in most places, although the northern face did discolor a bit more. In very few cases is it more than mildly annoying, and the grass should recover in June.

For all photos, you can click to embiggen them, as always.

P. trivialis, dying fast:
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Robin's nest, discovered when trimming the Viburnum--I stopped and will continue the cut-back when the babies are out of the nest:
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The first of the Teddy Bear sunflowers, still only partially open. If these are as durable as claimed and rebloom as they're supposed to, they'll find much wider use in the gardens next year!
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sunny Knockout Rose, Day 2

What a difference a sunny day makes! The rose opened more fully, and the petals have turned cream with a yellow center. By tomorrow, I expect that the entire rose will be cream-colored.

For its location, and the dark green leaves on the bush, this is perfect. The scent is still very intense and very sweet, and I had to brush a few pollinators away to take the photograph.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunny Knockout Rose

I added two Sunny Knockout (Rosa "Radsunny") roses to the garden this year. So far, both are doing very well, even the wet and cloudy weather we've had.

The first one bloomed today. The yellow rose will fade to cream with yellow, and eventually cream, making a nice contrast with the newly-blooming yellow roses. The scent is fairly intense and very sweet with a note of spice.

As always, click the thumbnail to embiggen it.
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tenacity Photos

I've been using Tenacity for about three weeks to remove some P. annua and P. trivialis. Here are the update photos--as always, click to embiggen.

This is a patch of P. trivialis, rapidly dying:
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Rare patches of P. annua. You can see there's very little damage to surrounding bluegrasses:
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Bonus Images! A very happy Bolero marigold:
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An equally happy Magellan double yellow zinnia:
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And their friend, a spring-blooming columbine:
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May's Lawn Photo

I can't say that color is stellar, but we've had a lot of rain and the lack of sunlight has lightened it somewhat.  Additionally, I haven't iron-sprayed at any decent level in quite a while.

Quality and density are excellent, although I noticed some P. annua in it.  I've ordered Tenacity to attempt to set that back.

The large blue tarp is part of the hardening off tents for 700 home-grown annuals. That's the one with the Wave petunias and Teddy Bear sunflowers.

As always, click the image to make it larger.

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