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My Garden Diary

May and June 2018

Copyright © 2018 by David E. Ross

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.

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?


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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
17 May

Clear and then cloudy, sunny and then gray, and mild

Temp: 50-73
Humidity: 47%
Wind: 0-11

Planted a statice (also known as sea lavender, Limonium perezii) in the east bed in back to replace one that died.

Planted two pink Cuphea hyssopifolia in the teardrop bed (also in back) to replace some that died. I also severely trimmed the pink clover (Persicaria capitata) where it was aggressively crowding the remaining Cuphea.


Rain —
This rain-year: 7.11
Days since last: 16

13 May

Mostly clear in the afternoon, sunny, and mild

Temp: 49-75
Humidity: 45%
Wind: 0-12

Rain —
This rain-year: 7.11
Days since last: 12

In the past few days, we have had some drizzle and heavy mist but not enough to be measurable.

Sprayed a grass-specific herbicide on the lower portions of My Hill. I am very allergic to grass pollen, and my hay fever has almost been disabiling. Thus, this was a self-defence effort.

Pruned more of the pineapple guava. Now I can see that it has indeed been cut, but there is much more to do.

4 May

Clear, sunny, and hot

Temp: 59-90
Humidity: 17%
Wind: 0-14

Rain —
This rain-year: 7.11
Week: 0.02

Potted the rooted cuttings of Goodwin Creek Grey lavender (Lavandula lanata × dentata) (I do not remember when it was first taken.) and 'Simply Marvelous' floribunda rose (8 Apr). The rooting medium for both was half peat moss and half coarse sand without any nutrients. The potting medium repeated that mix plus small amounts of blood meal, bone meal, and iron sulfate along with a little compost. The compost provides soil bacteria that make the nutrients available to the plant roots.

Started pruning the pineapple guava (Feijoa sellowiana) in back. This is another shrub that should have been cut last year. I filled the green waste bin for the county's composting program, but the guava does not yet look like anything was cut.

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:

Climate: California Mediterranean
Sunset Zone: 21 -- interior Santa Monica Mountains with some ocean influence (USDA 10a, very close to Sunset Zone 19)
See also My Climate.
March-April 2018
January-February 2018
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Diary entries for 2004 through 2012


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