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32°C (89.6°F) This sudden heat takes me back to growing up in North Carolina, a stifling heat if you want to run around and do stuff, but warm to your bones if you don’t. Just set back and soak it up. Close your eyes and open your ears to the hum of crickets and frogs and cicadas, to the buzz of a lone bee. Stretch, if you have to. Sigh, if you must. Ahhhhhh, :-)

21:31:58 PM

Jenny started some Morning Glory (Ipomoea tricolor ‘Heavenly Blue’
) and Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus
) from seed a few weeks ago, and just a few days ago put the seedlings out in the yard.

And finally, together we are attempting to root some beautiful Lilac (Syringa vulgaris
) cuttings. Does anyone know how long it should take to develop roots?  

10:37:14 AM

I also started some Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea ‘Gloxiniiflora’
) and two small shrubs – St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum
) and New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus
) from seed. The shrubs can take up to 30 days to germinate. We’ll just have to be patient.  

16:40:47 PM

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24°C (75.2°F) Yesterday I planted some purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea
) and marigold (Tagetes patula
). “Plant” is probably not the right word – I scattered seeds from last year’s plants and scratched them into the ground in the middle of a bunch of wild lawn. It’s an experiment to see how they do on their own.