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…I think I’ve used that post title before.

It’s so easy to fall out of the habit of blogging. Really though, there isn’t too much going on in the garden at the moment, at least out of the ordinary. The big project right now is one of the pebble paths. Over the years it’s gotten really silted up, so it’s a long tedious process raking (scraping) it up and washing all the compacted mud out of the pebbles. And putting the pebbles back.

It’s been a pleasant summer – rainfall has been decent for summer, certainly much more than the drought we had last year…and the year before that. Temperatures have been nice as well. Pests have been low, overall. All in all, this has been probably the best season I’ve had in five or more years.

I’m slowly expanding my collection of home-grown bonsai. It takes two years before most seedling-raised trees can be started on bonsai training in earnest, although minor training can begin in its first season, especially the root training. The laburnum (Laburnum anagyroides) seeds I started last year have begun training, and I’ll start on some honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) saplings as well.

I also have a few willow cuttings (willows being extremely easy to propagate from cuttings) – a few dappled willow (Salix integra) and “weeping” willow, most likely the white willow (Salix alba) (true weeping willow is Salix babylonica and doesn’t grow around here). It also seems some cuttings from a cutleaf Japanese maple (Acer palmatum var. dissectum; forgot the cultivar name and lost the tag) I took back in spring are doing okay, and I got some beech (Fagus sylvatica) cuttings from a colleague last week. The beech might be a waste of time – beeches are apparently pretty difficult the start from cuttings, but that won’t stop me from giving it a try.

I’ll have to harvest the garlic soon. The rain meant that they’re not drying up as fast as they ought, but it’s time they were dug up anyway. Other than that, it’s just standard summer garden maintenance.

Oh, wait. The peanut plant (Arachis hypogaea) that some squirrel planted in one of the containers last year and sprouted in winter (brought the pot inside), is blooming. Interesting little yellow flowers. It should be interesting to see if anything comes of it.

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