June has arrived, along with a few special days. Flag Day is June 14, Father's Day is June 17 and, of course, June 21 is the summer solstice. My favorite day is June 28, the day of the full moon.
At this time of year, it is interesting to see the stages of plant growth, according to where you live. Up where I live, we are still having very cold nights, so I have planted seeds, but couldn't put out actual plants yet. When you go into Reserve, you see flowers blooming and green grass growing, so it is quite different.
If you have bluegrass growing, be sure to set your mower on a higher setting, as bluegrass goes into a semi-dormant state in the summer and should be mowed higher and less frequently. If you have Bermuda or Zoysia, they should be fertilized and treated entirely different than bluegrass.
When your tulips quit blooming, they should be dug up and stored in mesh bags if possible. Be sure and remove dead blooms from your plants, as you will have many more blooms if you do. Be sure and fertilize roses after the first bloom is over. Keep lights away from your mums as lights confuse them, so place a cardboard box over them at night.
Many of your herbs can be harvested. If you harvest them now, you should be able to do so at least one more time this summer. Remember, the only way to pull weeds is when the ground is moist. It is the only way to get the roots. You should be able to plant a second crop of some veggies this month. Be sure and fertilize them.
As I have done many types of gardening, perennials have become my favorite plants. They remind me of old friends, as they are there when you need them. Perennials don't require the care and expense of annuals and they will grow year after year with little maintenance. No matter what climate you have, or what type soil you have, there will always be perennials that will grow there. Perennials also make gardening easier for all because they only need food, water and occasional staking. In planting, it is best to do so in groups of 3, 5 or 7, as it is better than growing a single plant.
Some of my favorites are phlox, bee balm, bellflower, columbine, day lilies, and iris. Also, I like Bleeding Heart, carnations, asters, Hibiscus, Hollyhocks, Peonies and Yarrow. There are many others, and I am sure you will find some to suit your tastes in plants.
May the summer of 2018 be a great time for you and your family as you work together to provide food, fun and fellowship for all. ◊◊◊