1. Clouds of mosquitoes rise across the Northeast and all the other regions that got soaked this spring. Time to pull out all my organic, all-natural repellants—sent by various companies last summer—and see if they work.
2. Luxuriant green growth is one of the benefits of all this rain, but I am concerned that it may be accompanied by moisture-related problems. Will my husband’s tomatoes survive and thrive? Stay tuned.
3. A National Gardening Association spokesperson calls upon the Lord in this statement from a recent AP article: "A lot of folks, I think they kind of look at the evening news or read the paper or read something online, saying 'Jesus, this world is out of control and I can't have any influence on what happens out there but, by God, I can control what happens in my backyard.'"
I am not totally sure that the recession has provided that great a benefit for local gardening centers. Fewer people building or buying houses must mean fewer starting gardens.
4. On the bright side: judging by the roses of June (other than these, most of my blooming action happens mid-summer), it will be a colorful summer. All of the martagons are about to pop and it looks like a big crop of later-season lilies will follow. Lily beetle, stay away!
5. After a tentative start last summer, Buffalo is instituting what must be one of the few traditional UK-style Open Garden programs, complete this year with a guidebook. Unlike the Garden Conservatory’s Open Days program, there is no charge and the gardens are open every Thursday or Friday (at stated times) for 5 weeks.
There are 66 gardens open, and people are traveling here to see them—I got an enquiry from a couple who is staying a week just for the Open Gardens (not for Garden Walk) the other day. It will be interesting. Again, stay tuned.