7/7/2017: In the garden this week

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Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum), beloved of pollinators, is in full bloom now.

Refer back to last week’s post for some specific suggestions; not much has changed. I can see out my window that we received at least 1 1/2 inches of rain so far today, so no need to water this week. With this much rain, you need to be vigilant about fungus diseases, so carefully prune or pinch out the suckers on tomato plants to allow for air circulation.

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Verbena stricta, or hoary vervain, is one of the strongest bloomers in my summer garden. It starts blooming in late June and continues through the summer.

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