If you want to "Wow" your friends and neighbors (and yourself) with your containers here is an article with ideas using the Thrillers, Fillers & Spillers idea for your containers: http://www.gardeninggonewild.com/?p=964
A Thriller is a plant that grabs someone's attention, Fillers are plants that will fill out your pot, and the Spillers are plants that trail over the sides of the container.
Irises seem to do better in a garden that has good drainage and lots of sun. And it doesn't help that I haven't weeded that bed either.
Early August is a good time to divide your irises.
Here is a link to dividing your irises: http://www.wikihow.com/Divide-Bearded-Irises. Or if you prefer here is a video on dividing irises: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coMHAQQt6uQ. I prefer to throw out the old center part of the iris and keep the the off-shoots.
Another visitor was pretty well camouflaged.
Mosquitoes. A few years ago a friend of mine shared with me a newsletter that she had been receiving through her email Paul Parent Garden Club. I subscribed to it as well and have found it to be very informative. If you are interested in receiving the weekly edition here is the website: http://paulparent.com/ There is a TAB at the top of the page to click on which says "Newsletter Signup".
The current issue had this information on mosquitoes which I thought was very informative and something you might be interested in:
Because of all the rain this summer, the mosquito population become a major problem for those working outside (along with flies, gnats and no-see-ums), so let's treat our yard so we can enjoy being outside. Most of these insect pests will spend their time hiding in thick evergreens shrubs or tall grasses during the heat of the day, and come out to feed on you as the day cools down and evening arrives. They prefer dark colored clothing over light and bright colors. If you have type O blood you will be their first choice; if you're drinking an alcohol beverage or are wearing perfume or aftershave you will also become a preferred target--and if you're all sweaty from working in the garden you will be their first choice--so take a shower before going back out to enjoy your deck or patio for that evening cookout.
To control mosquitoes, be sure to treat all water features on your property like bird baths, fountains, garden ponds, self-watering containers, water barrels at the base of a house gutter and downspout. Also check pot saucers on your deck or patio that may be filled with water, watering cans filled with water, wheelbarrows left sitting up, your snow tires left up against the garage with water in them and wet or swampy areas with standing water. Use Summit Chemical Mosquito Bits or Dunks to treat these areas and kill the larvae before they mature into adult mosquitoes. These products are organic and will not hurt your pets and wildlife if they drink them. Mosquitoes need only one tablespoon of water to lay eggs in for more mosquitoes, so be sure your empty pots and containers are upside down when you store them.
If you are interested, here is the 2013 West Nile Virus Surveillance Summary as reported from the New York State Department of Health: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/update/2013/wnv_map.gif
It was reported on the news today (August 13, 2013) that West Nile Virus was found in Central Square, NY as well. http://www.9wsyr.com/news/local/story/EEE-and-West-Nile-viruses-discovered-in-Central/726cixvVvEqaheaUtM7ZPQ.cspxI would like to thank my friend and gardening buddy, Chris, for encouraging and helping me to start my own blog. Here is a link to her gardening site:
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