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Good morning, and is it summer?  Fall?  I'm getting so confused.  Welcome to Saturday Morning Garden Blogging.

On Wednesday, September 3, the high was 94° — hotter than it had been through the entire month of August.

On Thursday, September 4, the high was 72°, and yesterday we didn't make it out of the 60s.  And we had more rain.  And may get even more.

By Sunday we may be back in the mid-80s.

I'm fighting to get ripe melons.  There are several well-formed green nutmeg melons, but the green nutmegs are under attack by melon aphids — and the melon aphids are under attack by ladybugs and ladybug larva.

The French cantaloupes are extremely susceptible to powdery mildew; in mid-August I missed spraying them with milk one week and the mildew gained a toehold.  I'm plucking infected leaves when I see them, and keeping them coated in milk, which has slowed the progress of infection, but I haven't been able to eliminate it.

And I need your help!  I've mentioned that I plant gladiolas in memory of my dad, and pale pink hyacinth for a friend taken far too soon.  For the BossMan, the Mister found Jay the Rock at the estate sale of a rock hound.  Jay the Rock is a large chunk of petrified wood, about 30 inches long; it took two men to move it.  Jay the BossMan always had succulents in his office — but they were jade plants, Christmas cactus, and other tropicals that won't survive outdoors in our climate.

So I need suggestions for on succulents to plant with Jay the Rock.  He'll be located in the parking strip front beds which is southern exposure, but often shaded by parked cars.

That's what's happening here.  What's going on in your gardens?

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Good morning, and Labor Day already?  Welcome to Saturday Morning Garden Blogging.

Denver has had an extremely long and strong monsoon season this year.  We've had thunderstorms and rain almost every afternoon this week.  Overall, August temperatures have been a couple of degrees below normal, while rain totals are more than an inch greater.

While the moisture is appreciated, the lack of heat has led to slow ripening tomatoes, squash and melons.

And it took for_ever_ for the brugmansia to set buds and bloom.

I think they were worth waiting for.  This one is about 5 feet tall; a smaller specimen is indoors so the house, too, is full of the delightful, lemon pie scent.

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Good morning, and where's August?  Welcome to Saturday Morning Garden Blogging.

Denver's delightful weather has continued into the first full week of August, with the strong monsoonal flow bringing cooling afternoon thunderstorms.  We haven't gotten a lot of rain falling in my neck of the woods — just a few brief smatterings adding up to less than a ½ inch of water — but I'll take it.  Average temperatures are running about 3° below normal.

And the hardy hibiscus are finally coming into their own.  It's about time; I planted them 3 or 4 years ago and have been waiting for the huge, show-stopping blooms to brighten the August garden.

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Good morning, and I may have Audrey III in the back yard.  Welcome to Saturday Morning Garden Blogging.

We've had more weirdly cold weather in Denver this past week, along with a healthy and extended dump of rain.

One July 30 we set a record low-high, with the temperature topping out at 62° — a whopping 5° higher than the overnight low.

Along with the cold came thunderstorms.  We had tornado warnings, and at one point the entire state, except the farthest northeast corner, were under flood watches and warnings.

My area of Denver received about 3.5 inches of rain during the storm and now the weeds are growing like, well, weeds.

Also growing mightily is the volunteer catnip I let grow at the edge of the back deck, since little else will grow there.  Arwen the Terrible adores the fresh, tender catnip flower buds to the extent that she'll glare down the other cats to guard her stash, although she usually defers to, well, anything that moves.

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Good morning, and I guess we're in a permanent state of weird.  Welcome to Saturday Morning Garden Blogging.

It seems like this year the season were thrown into a paper bag then vigorously shaken — and this week we had October in July, catching the edge of that non-polar polar vortex that decided to vacation in the Midwest.

Highs in the mid-70s, and lows in the mid-50s, do not belong in July in Denver.  No, in July I should be dreaming of that first night in September when the temperatures drop below 60.

We also got a shit-ton of rain out of the collision of the cold to the east of us, and the hot to the west.  There was some serious flooding in the burn areas surrounding Colorado Springs, and localized street flooding here in Denver.

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Good morning, and I'll miss June when it's gone.  Welcome to Saturday Morning Garden Blogging.

June has been beautiful here in Denver — enough heat to get the veggies going, but no consecutive days of record-breaking highs.  Regular waves of thunderstorms have kept night time temperatures in the 50s — a little on the cool side for tomatoes, but lovely for the peas.  The Tall Telephone shelling peas are now ripe enough to eat and seldom make it from the veggie patch to the kitchen — peas straight from the vine to the mouth are too rare a treasure to waste by cooking them!

And Zasu loves laying in the shade at the base of the pea vines on warm afternoons.

The only lack we've had is moisture: the rain part of the thunderstorms have missed my neighborhood, so I've had to water the grass and veggies.

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Good morning, and it's Summer!  Welcome to Saturday Morning Garden Blogging.

We've had another beautiful week here in Denver: started with highs in the 70s, building up to 91° by mid-week — and then a nice thunderstorm dumped over a half-inch of rain on my neighborhood late Wednesday afternoon, taking temperatures back down into the 80s.

The veggie patch is starting to leap forward — I'm now stuffing snap peas into my mouth whenever I wander out to pull a few weeds, water the potted plants, and check that the newly-planted agastache and penstemons haven't dried out.

And then there are these — yes, those are pea vines, an heirloom variety from Pinetree named Tall Telephone.  They are shelling peas, and described as heat tolerant, an important quality here where pea season and heat waves often coincide.  The vines are loaded with large pods, but the peas aren't quite picking size yet.

And then there are these ugly fuckers — the hollyhock weevils are thick this year.  I've been going out a couple of times a day to knock more of them off the hollyhock buds and into a container of soapy water.

I was feeling very proud of myself last Sunday, as I'd finally managed to transform all the plants from the nursery into plants into my garden.

And then I remembered I hadn't planted the gladiolus.  Damn.  So today I'll trot out with electric drill and bulb auger in hand and pop them into the ground.

That's what's happening here.  What's going on in your gardens?

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Good morning, and busy busy busy.  Welcome to Saturday Morning Garden Blogging.

Another great week here in Denver.  We started out in the low 80s, warmed up to 92° mid-week, then another band of thunderstorms moved in on Wednesday and temperatures went down as the moisture moved in.

The forecast calls for more thunderstorms over the weekend — perhaps June will be as wet as May was.

Of course the cost of the extra May rain (and the May snow) was a late start to planting.  My poor cucurbits were close to pot bound, and with the cool weather are slow in putting out new growth.  But they're still alive, and I count that as a victory.

I have most of the kohlrabi and cauliflower planted, and a couple of bulb fennel plants.  Still have two tomato plants, eggplant, and the leeks in the veggie patch.

Then there's the batch of agastache and penstemon for the back flower beds, and the gladiolas to be plugged into the front to mark where I need to plant new spring bulbs in the fall.

That's what's happening here.  What's going on in your gardens?

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Good morning, and happy June!  Welcome to Saturday Morning Garden Blogging.

It's been a glorious week here in Denver — starting out in the 70s, then building to a mid-week warm of almost but not quite hot temperatures in the upper 80s.  Then yesterday came a cool down with a back to the 70s and a blast of thundershowers.

In the front yard the rugosa hansa rose bush is in gloriously fragrant bloom; a few more blossoms grace the Zéphirine Drouhin, now starting to grow vigorously.

It's a wonderful ending to what has been a wild month.

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Hail in Central Denver, May 21 and 22, 2014.

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Good morning, and it's still weird here.  Welcome to Saturday Morning Garden Blogging.

In Denver, warm-weather gardening season is considered to begin Mother's Day weekend.

This year on Mother's Day we got snow.  And over-night lows below freezing.

Since then we've been on the decidedly cool and cloudy side.  It didn't get back into the 60s until Thursday, and we've had spits and spats of rain — nothing major, just enough to keep the grass too wet to mow, and the veggie patch too wet to plant.

I guess it's not a bad thing that the Mister's work on the shed has delayed my planting of the warm-weather crops in the veggie patch.

We're supposed to have a couple of days of warmer weather this weekend, so I plan to make some progress on spring-time chores: mowing the grass, emptying then reloading the compost tumbler; replacing a broken section of soaker hose; and planting the seedlings.

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Good morning, and happy May!  Welcome to Saturday Morning Garden Blogging.

It's been a strange week for me here in Denver, and the weather was equally strange.  The cold front that went through brought us little moisture, but a lot of wind: extremely unpleasant.

Six years and 11 months ago I eulogized my father here at Saturday Morning Garden Blogging.  Today I ask for your indulgence, as I eulogize the father of my adult life, who died on Wednesday.

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