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June 29, 2020

Happy Birthday Canada (July 1).

Happy Birthday United States of America (July 4).

Some well needed rain, a bit more than an inch fell on us Friday night.

Areas to the south and southwest of us (still in Michigan), had some serious wind damage.

Now the heat begins again.

We had a bit of a scare, followed by a 'Stat Emergency' on Wednesday.

Yolanda has a pacemaker.

As a reminder, six years ago this November, Yolanda went into full cardiac arrest.

A Huge Thank you to 'First Responders'.

All of you on the front line, are the best.

Fire Fighter, Police, Paramedics, nurses, doctors, aides, all of you.

God Bless You All.

(About a month later, I did go to the Fire Station and thanked the crew that helped save her life.)

I digress.

The pacemaker helps to keep her heart from shorting out again.

So, Karen got a call from 'West Michigan Heart' (they monitor pacemakers and other stuff heart related).

Apparently something was showing up that wasn't right on Yolanda's pacemaker. We get there bright and early, and leave to the hospital a couple hours later.

They had to keep the monitor on her until a bed opened up at 'Meijer Heart Center', for emergency surgery.

They referred to this as a 'Stat Emergency'.

A lead wire had fractured and could've shorted out at anytime.

Several hours later, she was awake and spending the night.

Needles to say, a bit of stress added on us, yet very thankful.

We go next Monday to have things checked out.

Okay, that's our story this week.

I enjoy the night skies.

Pictured is a young moon

Notice the earth shine, that is the darker disk where sun reflection from earth reaches the moon.

Hey, it's the first of the month.

The first brings a reminder to clean your feeders well, and make sure you include a good scrubbing of your birdbaths.

There is always something to see and hear if we take the moment to do so.

Sometimes it takes a purposeful moment to stop, to watch and listen.

Even if you must visit a preserve or park.

Do so, it is wonderful training for your senses and how relaxing as well.

What a blessing it is to hear and see God's creatures.

I would call that a much greater reaction, wouldn't you?

In The Yard and Garden.

Be sure to raise your lawn mower if you haven't by now.

Mowers should be at the highest setting.

I know, it may not look as manicured, but it is healthier for your lawn all the way around.

Less moisture is lost when the grass is longer (less watering).

Longer grass helps in choking out weeds that want to take hold.

When watering your lawn, it should be done in the early daylight hours.

Night watering can promote fungus and other troubles.

Watering in the first half of the day allows for proper drying and minimizes fungus a chance of getting a foot hold.

The same goes for your flowers, Water in the first half of the day.

Ground water if possible.

Annuals work hard and they offer color from spring to killing frosts.

To keep them working hard, proper water and feeding are needed.

But that isn't enough.

Deadhead your annuals as often as possible.

In fact, if you dare, pinch off a few of the buds to encourage more growth and more blooms a few weeks down the road.

(Crescent moon)

Annuals a pretty.

I wouldn't have a garden without the season long colors.

But annuals have one thing in mind.

to reproduce and die.

Yes, when they go to seed, they think they have done their job and the plant peter's out.

When we deadhead, the plant tells itself it must keep blooming. If it doesn't bloom some more,
it wont pass on to next years seeds and another generation.

Some season long blooming perennials are much the same way.

Gaillardia (blanket flower) and Coreopsis (tick seed) are a couple of perennials that continue to bloom if they haven't gone to seed and slow down or stop blooming all together if they go to seed.

By September I let them go to seed for the wildlife.

Until then, I deadhead and I am rewarded with a season long show.

(Plus I get hummers and all kinds of butterflies.)

I like bright colors.

Colors bring the gardens to life and annuals offer a wide variety of colors.

Red salvia.

Zinnias in just about every color in the rainbow.

Marigolds in vivid yellows and oranges.

Impatiens galore.

Many of these flowers offer nectar for hummers and butterflies.

Informative information for all ages.





The list goes on.

(Life Cycle Of A Butterfly, is informative for all to read.)

You may find a couple of interesting tidbits.

They offer seed for birds later on.

Flowers attract other insects that attract birds as well.

We aren't planting just for us, we are gardening for wildlife.

Annuals also offer protection for young birds and small mammals.

They offer shade for toads and salamanders.

Isn't gardening GREAT?

By September, annuals are at a show stopping peak.

(Saturday night's Half Moon.)

Japanese beetles can be the scourge of any garden in the eastern half of the United States, and Canada.

I'm not a big fan of pesticides, but here is a case where selective use may be needed.

Hand picking is ideal.

Early morning or evening seems to be the best time for picking.

A container of hot soapy water is the weapon of choice here.

Then again, I don't always have the time nor desire to hand pick.

Beetle traps seem to attract more beetles, and this is never a good thing.

Caution is the word here.

Place your traps as far away from plants as possible and don't place two traps close together.

The pheromones will only confuse the beetles and they will stay in the middle.

When using pesticides, please remember to keep it off the flowers. Pesticides kill bees, butterflies and other pollinators we need.

Because Japanese beetles are a non native, there isn't a natural control for adult beetles.

Most birds aren't too fond of them.

Though starlings they have been known to scarf down Japanese beetles.

Adults lay their eggs in your lawns, and they become grubs.

Grubs do a number on lawns.

At the bottom are a couple of close ups of the moon's surface.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

"May the Son of God, who is already formed in you, grow in you, so that for you He will become immeasurable, and that in you He will become laughter, exultation, the fullness of joy which no one can take from you".

From the word of God.

"For you created my inmost being;you knit me together in my mother’s womb.I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;your works are wonderful, I know that full well.My frame was not hidden from youwhen I was made in the secret place,when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.Your eyes saw my unformed body;all the days ordained for me were written in your bookbefore one of them came to be.How precious to me are your thoughts,God!How vast is the sum of them"!

Psalm 139:13-17

Praise Be To God.

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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Gardening For Wildlife.

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