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Many years ago, when I first started my Web site, I created an online diary of my gardening activities and observations. However, with work and the commute from Hell, I was often so tired I had to choose between maintaining my garden and maintaining my diary. Sometimes, I did neither. In 1998, I stopped my diary and removed the pages from my Web site. 7
Now I am retired. I am well-rested and have plenty of time to both garden and maintain a diary. This diary is primarily for my own benefit, so that I can look back upon what I did and when. But I thought others might also be interested, so here it is.
Also see What's Blooming in My Garden Now?
Diary entries for 2004 through 2012
Entries below are in reverse order (latest at the top). Daily, I might stoop to pull a weed or use a hose to water some potted plants; however, I don't consider those significant gardening activities. Thus, you will not see daily entries. Also, I might accumulate a few entries before updating this page on the Web.
When plants have well-known common names, their scientific names are given only the first time they appear on this page (entry closest to the bottom). There, the common name is in bold or appears as a link to another Web page.
Dates without years refer to other entries in the same year as the entry in which they appear — including entries on prior pages for the same year — unless a different year is given. [an error occurred while processing this directive]
|Date and Weather||Observations and Activities|
Clear, sunny, and very hot
|Fed the dwarf citrus and gardenia (G. Jasminoides) with a commercial citrus food. I also gave each citrus two pinches of zinc sulfate and the gardenia a more generous amount of the zinc.
Potted the cactus cuttings (12 Sep) in a rooting medium that is a 50%-50% mix of coarse sand and peat moss. I also put up cuttings of the 'Illumination Flame' foxglove (Digitalis purpurea × canariensis) growing in the west bed in back. I immediately potted these latter cuttings in the same rooting medium. Only cactus and some other succulents should be allowed to dry for a few days before potting.
Clear, sunny, and warm
|There are three non-desert cacti on the patio shelf outside the kitchen window: two epiphylum (likely in the Hylocereeae tribe) and one Christmas cactus (also known as zygocactus, Schlumbergera russelliana × truncata). The epiphylum are both quite overgrown in their pots. I divided the Christmas cactus earlier this year (24 Jun), but now the main shoots seem to be breaking away from the rooted base. I took cuttings of all three today, but I did not pot them. The recommendation is to allow the cut end to dry for a few days before potting.
Weather data are from the Cheeseboro (CHE) weather station, about 2 miles ENE of my house.
The high temperature (°F) is daytime for the indicated date; the low temperature (°F) is for the previous night.
Winter chill is the cumulative hours of temperatures at or below 45°F from 1 November through 31 March. It is reported during that period and through April.
The relative humidity is at noon. (In my garden, it is likely higher than reported, a result of regular irrigation.)
Wind speeds (mph) are average (not peak) low and high, midnight to midnight (subject to later correction for diary entries posted before the end of the day). I also indicate peak wind gusts parenthetically when they are significantly high.
Rain is in inches. Rain-year is the cumulative amount of rainfall from 1 October until 30 September of the following year (our "rain-year"). Week is the cumulative amount of measurable rainfall from noon seven days ago until noon of the indicated date. If no measurable rain fell in that period, Days since last is reported.
Characterization of the weather (e.g., Clear, sunny, and warm) is purely subjective; for example, "warm" might occur with higher temperatures than "hot" if the former occurs with lower humidity and more breezes than the latter. Also, a day that would normally be characterized as "mild" might instead be "warm" if the immediately previous days were quite cold. Finally, such characterization reflects when I was actually outside and gardening and ignores changes that occur while I am inside.
The signature line I use when writing messages about my garden includes the following:
Diary entries for 2004 through 2012
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