My Illinois-in-July Garden

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My fluffy sunflower.

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

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

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

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Two kinds of Concord grapes — seedless and seeded.

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The small purple dahlia.

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

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Sunflowers, zinnias, and acorn squash.

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My fuzzy sunflower.

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My white zinnias.

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