Trivium Pursuit

My Illinois-in-July Garden


My fluffy sunflower.


We always stop cutting asparagus on July 4 so it can develop strong roots for next year.


Three kinds of double hollyhocks — red, white, and cream.


We’ll have chestnuts this year, despite the Japanese beetles.


Two kinds of Concord grapes — seedless and seeded.


The small purple dahlia.


The melons, cucumbers, and yellow squash — so far, so good. They usually die in late July or August due to bugs.


Sunflowers, zinnias, and acorn squash.


My fuzzy sunflower.


My white zinnias.


Trying to live in harmony with the Japanese beetles, but it has become difficult.

7 Responses to “My Illinois-in-July Garden”

  1. sheri Says:

    Beautiful flowers! Maybe you just need a duck or two to help turn the tide in the war with the bugs. Thanks for sharing your garden with us.

  2. LaurieBluedorn Says:

    Never thought of ducks!

  3. Lisa Beth W. Says:

    Are you totally opposed to using a trap for the beetles? I used one this year and was so amazed at how well it worked! It doesn’t touch the plants at all.

  4. Lisa Beth W. Says:

    Oh, and your gardens look so lovely!

  5. LaurieBluedorn Says:

    Yes, we use traps. We also use Sevin and soap and neem oil. We caught nearly 80 pounds with the traps.

  6. Denise Says:

    What do you use the neem oil for?

  7. LaurieBluedorn Says:

    It’s an organic pesticide which kills lots of kinds of bugs.