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Garden Tour – Summer Perennials, Pest and Disease Control

Now that the weather is heating up, this is about the time I start noticing problems in the gardens. I cannot stress enough how important it is to walk through your garden(s) every day. If you catch problems early enough, there’s a good chance you can fix it!

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When I came home from a run, this gorgeous Hibiscus and American Flag caught my eye. I love the combination!

There are a multitude of pest and disease problems that can strike the garden. The following is what I found this week in my own and how I am addressing each.

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Deer Damage

While walking the gardens, I noticed deer damage to some of my plants. They ate almost all of the buds off of my roses about two weeks ago. This was my own fault though because I did nothing to protect them. After noticing the damage, I sprayed all of my roses with Deer Out 40oz Ready-To-Use Deer Repellent (paid link) and that seems to have kept them at bay. There are fresh buds on them now, so hopefully I’ll have some nice rose blooms in the next week.

They also started nibling on my Sedum “Autumn Joy” plants near the road. Although I’ve been spraying them, I sprayed them again to give them extra insurance and they have since left them alone.

Living in deer country, it is difficult to expect them not to browse. But, it is possible to minimize the damage. To learn more, see my blog Deer-Proofing Your Garden.

If you look closely, you can see where the deer bit the buds off.

Groundhog Damage

If you saw my Instagram stories recently, you know how extensive the damage is to the containers on my deck. The groundhog visits my deck and snacks on my plants yearly, but typically does most of the damage in late August. This year, he struck in June which is really early. I’d like to enjoy these plants for at least half of the summer before he decimates them!

Heading into the gardening season, I wanted to experiment with some repellents. After trying some out, I can’t recommend anything at this time. They don’t work at all for this purpose at all.

My decks have multiple entrances, so gating it off would not help. The only real solution I have is to trap and relocate it.

Although I’d love to move this guy along, I am not a fan of trapping and relocating animals. In order for the relocation to be effective, it needs to be dropped over five miles away or it will return to home.

On it’s face, sending it off sounds like a great idea BUT when doing that, we are taking the animal out of it’s habitat and dropping it off in the middle of somewhere, where it has no home protection and predators are likely to get to it. The chances of survival are slim, so I don’t really want to go this route. We did it once several years ago and I felt terrible about it.

For now, I’m going to live with it. And for the time being, I’m going to use my dogs’ fur that is left over after brushing them and put them in my pots to see if that will help. If you have any suggestions aside from killing, trapping and relocating, please let me know because I’m all ears!

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Fall Webworm

I noticed a web around a few branches on one of my Blueberry Bushes. Upon closer inspection, it was fall webworm. The nest was not there a few days ago so that’s how quick problems can arise.

Looking at it further, there were loads of tiny caterpillars inside laying eggs which is not good for any garden! To remedy the situation, I grabbed my favorite pruners, Fiskars 91095935J Steel Bypass Pruning Shears (paid link), cut the infected branches off, placed in a garbage bag and disposed of it. Problem solved (for now) but I’ll need to keep an eye on the gardens.

The caterpillars inside this web were very active. I cut the affected branches off and disposed them in a garbage bag. Do not compost any garden debris that has an issue with pests or disease.

Powdery Mildew

While walking the front beds, I noticed powdery mildew on my Tall Phlox. This plant is susceptible to it, although it seems to have hit much earlier this season. If the problem was minimal, I could use some neem oil on it. But after all the rain we had and the extent that it’s on these plants, my inclination is to pull them out before it infects the rest of the garden.

Powdery mildew on the Tall Phlox. When I looked closely, it was on almost every plant, so I pulled them all out.

While taking these photos, I put my phone down and dug them out. It happens that fast around here! LOL! This is my chance to replace them with something less fussy and I can try something different there to  change up the border. It’s extra work, yes, but it’s also an opportunity!

After I pulled the affected plants. I will replant something this week. Stay tuned!

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Front Garden

As we move through summer, Coreopsis, Echincea, Bee Balm and Butterfly Weed are starting to bloom. These plants will attract more pollinators to the garden. The front border is drawing in more and more bees by the day. They are really fun to watch zip around from flower to flower.

Since deer are stopping by more frequently than in years past, I just sprayed the plants that are more susceptible to deer damage. Hopefully, they will walk on by and find a new path.

Echinacea started blooming this week.

I love how the garden colors are changing from purple, to silver and now orange, reds and yellows.
Moonbeam Coreopsis
Butterfly Weed, Petunias, Euphorbia and Marigolds.

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Well Garden

The well garden is bursting with yellow and orange hues from the Daylillies, Butterfly Weed, Coreopsis, Petunias and Marigolds right now. I love how these colors pair with the dramatic foliage color of Smoketree. While I’m walking around this bed, dragonflies are covering the Daylillies and the bees are in heaven with the Butterfly Weed blooms.

Zebra Grass, Smoketree, Moonbeam Coreopsis, Butterfly Weed, Petunias, Euphorbia, and Marigolds
I love how Smoketree’s foliage picks up the orange hues from the Daylillies and Coreopsis.
Daylillies just started blooming!
The bees are in heaven on the Butterfly Weed.

Mailbox Garden

The Mailbox Garden is doing really well. Jackmanii Clematis is in full bloom and climbing the mailbox beautifully. Someone drove over the front corner of my garden and took out a small portion of the Daylillies. Since the garden is so close to the driveway…it happens.

Remember those Sedums I dug and divided a few months ago? They are shading the roots of the Clematis in the front of the mailbox. I like how they look there!
Jackmanii Clematis and Sedum Autumn Joy

I really love these Petunias combined with the Marigolds and Clematis. They were a great annual choice this year.

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Backyard Gardens

The backyard gardens are doing really well. I was able to do some weeding over the last week – not as much as I would like – but got a few of the beds cleaned up. We are really enjoying the deck and fire pit areas and use both all the time!

Bodie is chilling in the backyard borders while I get some weeding done.

The Vegetable Garden

Everbearing Strawberries
We started harvesting the Broccoli – it was delicious!!!
The Tomatoes are starting to grow – yay!
Brussel Sprouts – I love the foliage on these.

Back Border

Variegated Hostas in the back border.
The Hosta garden in the back border.
Bee Balm is just starting to bloom.
Just a hammock. Who’s ready for a nap?

Deck Gardens

This is one of my favorite places to hang out. Now that the containers are filling in, it feels really lush and tranquil. We eat dinner out here every night. It is a great place to regroup with family and friends. For source information and to learn more about how I decorated this area, see my blog Decorating the Deck for Summer.

The Hibiscus standard is in the back left corner. My Caladium container is in the foreground. Both containers are detailed in my blog post, Container Gardening.
Double Impatiens that I planted in a container I purchased on Facebook Marketplace. For additional source information, see Shop the Blog.

Hibiscus

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Fire Pit Gardens

We use the fire pit a few times a week. It’s nice to sit outside in a different area of the property and appreciate the beauty around us. To learn more about this outdoor living area, see my blog Outdoor Fire Pit.

View of the shed and vegetable garden from the fire pit.
View of the deck and play area from the fire pit.
The fire pit in action! We love the glow from surrounding tiki torches.

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Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this week’s garden tour and appreciate you joining me. If you missed a few tours or want to see how the garden has progressed, you can see them here:

Do you love to garden too? I would love to hear about it and see some photos of your gardens, no matter how big or small. Please leave your ideas, comments & more below or contact me here. Be sure to find me @bricksnblooms on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram! And feel free to tag me on any photos you post so I can enjoy your garden too!

Thank you for following along and touring the gardens with me. Happy planting – enjoy your day! xo

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