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July Garden Calendar

July can be a tough month for the garden. Record heat potentials, shallow lakes, wells at low levels, some decisions to make. It can take a decade or more to get a fruit tree producing like the one you have. It can take a day to put back a lawn. July can be a tough month for the gardener. Think about water for yourself and if you have a significant garden task in mind start drinking water the night before and hydrate while you are doing your tasks.

I am letting my garden rest this summer for the most part. Fresh tomatos and basil are beyond my resistance and are so much better than store bought. My basic herbs are pretty drought tolerant so I am keeping them alive. Deep watering but only as the plants show signs of distress has been my mantra to keeping my irrigation responsible. I am feeding 9 hungry monarch caterpillars and scanning the outdoor milkweeds for additional eggs or caterpillars.

May Garden Calendar

Plants like the Sulphur Buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum is at the peak of its long blooming period. The Sulphur Buckwheat comes from a far harsher climate in the mountains surrounding the Central Valley than where most of us live, requires almost no help and attracts butterflies. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

A walk through my garden taking time to smell the roses and watch a hummingbird and Gulf Fritillary pollenate Scabiosa Black Knight

Life history of a generation of Monarch Butterflies. High resolution videos are part of our garden image collection.

Tarantula Hawks, Carpenter Bees and Yellow Faced Bumblebees feeding on nectar from Asclepias eriocarpa, Woollypod Milkweed. Milkweeds are important to so much more wildlife beyond butterflies. High resolution videos are part of our garden image collection.

Mormon Metalmark Butterfly Flight

May Garden Calendar

Pretty cool watching Monarch Butterflies fly off into the garden one after another. The dark spots on the back wings are glands and indicate that this is a male Monarch butterfly. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

May Garden Calendar

In butterfly houses set up to protect the Monarch caterpillars from the tachinid flies there are butterflies nearly ready to burst from their Chrysalis. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.