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My Garden Diary

May and June 2021

Copyright © 2021 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 2014

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.

Unless a different year is given, dates refer to other entries in the same year as the entry in which they appear, including entries on prior pages for the same year.

Date and Weather Observations and Activities
7 May

Clear, sunny, and mild

Temp: 51-77
Humidity: 43%
Wind: 1-13

Rain —
This rain-year: 3.47
Days since last: 53

Fed the roses with ammonium sulfate (21-0-0).

Finished pruning the third dwarf myrtle (Myrtus communis 'Compacta', 30 Apr) in the west bed in back and started pruning the fourth.

Partially trimmed a 'Goodwin Creek Grey' lavender (Lavandula lanata × dentata) that was crowding adjacent potted herbs, azaleas, and daylilies in the circular bed. It was also growing out over the path that borders the bed.

5 May

Clear, sunny, and hot

Temp: 59-90
Humidity: 19%
Wind: 2-14

Fed the dwarf citrus and gardenia (G. jasminoides 'Veitchii') with ammonium, iron, and zinc sulfates.

Rain —
This rain-year: 3.47
Days since last: 51

2 May

Clear, sunny, and mild

Temp: 52-74
Humidity: 43%
Wind: 2-12

Rain —
This rain-year: 3.47
Days since last: 48

Although not a large crop this year, loquats (Eriobotrya japonica) should ripen later this month. Thus, I wanted to discourage creatures from stealing the fruit. I hung four old socks containing blood meal from the branches of the tree and then soaks the socks; squirrels generally avoid any place that smells of blood. I also hung six compact discs to flash with sunshine as the breezes blow; this is supposed to keep birds away. Finally, I nailed two pieces of aluminum flashing — one above the other — to the trunk of the tree to prevent squirrels and rats from climbing.

Climbed a little way up My Hill to groom the 'Perlette' grape vine. I headed shoots that do not have tiny, immature grapes and tied shoots with grapes to the supporting wire.

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 2021
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Diary entries for 2004 through 2014


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