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Jonquil Garden Club Smyrna Georgia

July - named for Julius Caesar

"Then came hot July, boyling like to fire that all his garments he had cast away upon a Lyon raging yet with ire

He boldly rode and made him to obaye; behind his back a sithe, and by his side under his belt he wore a sickle circling wide."    Spenser

Plant late summer/fall blooming bulbs; spider lily, surprise lily, autumn daffodil

Deadhead annuals often to keep them flowering

Keep gardens watered & mulched especially if hot & dry

Plan a fall veggie garden, sow green beans, cucumbers & short season corn

Sow pumpkins seeds & gourds for Halloween, teach your kids to garden with their own patch

June - named for Roman goddess Juno

"A cloudless sky, a world of heather, purple of foxglove, yellow of broom; we two among it, wading together; shaking out honey, treading perfume. Crowds of bees are giddy with clover, crowds of grasshoppers skip at our feet, crowds of larks at their matins hang over, thanking the Lord for a life so sweet."   Jean Ingelow

Plant annuals - cosmos, sunflower, zinnia & fertilize well in summer months

Pull up leggy violas & pansies

Water newly planted shrubs deeply once a week to develop strong, deep roots.

Harvest veggies to keep new ones coming, tie up tomatoes & cucumbers

Watch for squash bugs & kill if found

Roses & Japanese beetles: apply milky spore disease powder to lawn early to kill grubs (harmless to animals & birds)

May - named for Maia, mother of Mercury

"The honey-suckle round the porch has wov'n its wavy bowers; and by the meadow trenches blow the faint, sweet cuckoo flowers, and the wild marsh-marigold shines like fires in swamps and hollows gray, and I'm to be the Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be the Queen o' the May."   Tennyson


Prune early flowering azaleas

Trim faded & withered bulb foliage

Remove leafless limbs from shade trees

Pinch growing tips of rhodies for more flowers next year

Gardens need 1 inch of water per week from rain or hose

Fertilize monthly with 10-10-10, osmocote etc.

Plant veggie seeds for summer crops, beans herbs squash etc.

Plant zinnias, tithonia & bee balm to attract bees & butterflies

August - named for Emperor Augustus

"Fairest of months! ripe Summer's Queen the hey-day of the year with robes that gleam with sunny sheen,

Sweet August doth appear."  R. Combe Miller

Avoid heat & humidity by gardening early in the morning

Do a final planting of marigolds, zinnias & cosmos

Sow kale, mustard & turnip greens seeds this month & next
Plant hardy cole crops such as cabbage, cauliflower and collards
Cut back bush roses (“knockout”) by a third.

With thanks to Edith Holden's Diary of a Victorian Lady