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Diary of a Boy Gardener

We are in the Berkshires, the beautiful rolling hills of western Massachusetts where the season is short and the frosts sometimes win. Visit Sally and David's Gardens and see how two old farts spend their time helping what plants they can find their place in this world.

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Location: Hinsdale, Massachusetts, United States

Retired Service Engineer. Installed and repaired diagnostic x-ray equipment. Trained and supported others doing the same thing.

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Posting Dry Spell

Been over a week since David typed for the Blog. Why is that? Well, the dry weather means lots of watering which is an early morning job, which is when Blogging sometimes happens. Then in the evening, the other good blogging time, he is busy coding some new web site and forgets about the thousands of blog followers who are anxiously awaiting the next boy gardener post.
So, here it is:
The past weekend Sally, Jeanne and David went on two garden tours. Saturday was the Lenox tour of Williamstown gardens, the first time they had been in north county. Some beautiful gardens and spectacular views. The Lenox club seems to favor those who have large properties and hired help. Pictures and descriptions should appear on the visit link at top of this page within a few days.
On Sunday the same crew again headed north, but a bit further to the east, to Ashfield area. Here the Franklin Land Trust tour featured more farms and business oriented sites, with emphasis on how the owner's lives influenced their land. There were organic gardeners and an Ashfield stone artist, a Tibet influenced weaving place, and a few just gardens. It too will appear on the web site soon.
Meanwhile here at the ranch there was an infestation of some rose eating bug. Sally and David squished a few hundred of them, mostly on the white rugosa hedge along the eastern border of the bank. A few were elsewhere, but only a few. They get in the blooms so every one has to be examined. Where only one or two bugs, they and individually squished. Where more than two, the whole bloom is collapsed in the hand, cut off and stomped/squished and cursed.
So, there you are. David worked last night so he got up late and is already behind, so off to eat, then water the veggies who have been skipped three days now with all the tour stuff. Containers were paid attention to, but not the poor vegetables.


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