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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 1, 2009
9:53 PM

Post #7124444

Here's Zuzu's kitty, Ambrosia, in a world of roses. Have to wonder if kitty knows how lucky she is.

Do you have any drama to share in the garden? A feature, an experience, a plant?

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 1, 2009
9:55 PM

Post #7124454

The big drama here yesterday was the loss of one of Harry's remaining two teeth at the bottom lower jaw. He does have his other teeth - just the front are missing. Now we can call him Ollie and if you don't remember Ollie the Dragon then you missed out on early TV!

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 1, 2009
9:57 PM

Post #7124461

Our new vegetable garden gate is probably the most dramatic thing in the garden.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 1, 2009
10:52 PM

Post #7124601

I have a bear

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 2, 2009
12:08 AM

Post #7124837

I have a lounge lizard Basset/dashound mix.
Got his own Garden bench.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 2, 2009
12:14 AM

Post #7124852

Great bear, Jo Ann.

Love the dog and his own private bench. How lucky can our pets get?

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 2, 2009
12:20 AM

Post #7124882

They just don't know how rotten. Love them all
and plants. Even if my DH does say they don't go
together.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 2, 2009
12:36 AM

Post #7124952

I love how pets and gardens. Harry/Ollie loves his favorite spots in shade or sun.

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 2, 2009
12:50 AM

Post #7125022

pirl, that is precious. I have a puppy, youknow how they tear up everything.
Lucas is going to be fine, he just has to grow a little older and calm down.
He hound, so I know he will settle down. What is Ollie? He is so cute.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 2, 2009
1:24 AM

Post #7125191

Thanks. He's a Lhasa Apso we got from a shelter. He had been given up twice before we got him 5 years ago. He's been a very good boy and a very smart fellow for us.

Lucas has such a sweet face. Just adorable.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 2, 2009
1:29 AM

Post #7125214

His Mommy got run over when he was five weeks old and I guess you could say he is
a rescue too, cause poor owner was so upset. But Lucas is a smart little dog He is not but about
six months old. He is the baby. I have three more. Plus the mule, 3 donkeys and chickens. Oh, and fish.
All my children have Fur, fins, or feathers. How about that?? Charleen
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 2, 2009
1:34 AM

Post #7125237

No college funds needed! Great deal. They don't talk back either.

Arlene

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 2, 2009
1:37 AM

Post #7125250

Yes, indeed. The best of both worlds.
I like that.
Charleen

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 2, 2009
8:47 AM

Post #7126038

I have a garden adviser.
He over sees everything done in the garden.
His name is Jerry,his brother Ben is a house cat ,only comes out if the family is on the deck for drinks and dinner

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 2, 2009
11:36 AM

Post #7126181

Ben and Jerry! Too cute.

I've had dogs named Freddie and Mac (Freddie Mac - home mortgages), Fannie Mae and Ginny Mae (mortgage agencies). Bet you couldn't guess I spent my life in the mortgage business.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 2, 2009
12:47 PM

Post #7126363

Groaaaaan
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 2, 2009
12:59 PM

Post #7126393

Happy belated birthday, ridesredmule! Sorry I missed seeing it yesterday.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 2, 2009
11:21 PM

Post #7128283

Oh, thank you, pirl. It was a crazy day but I managed to make it.
Everyday is a stepping stone. Been great today. We had some
nice talks about our pets, so that made it wonderful. Thanks.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 3, 2009
12:21 AM

Post #7128572

As long as your birthday was a happy one that's all that matters. Pets also don't tell neighborhood pets your age - another bonus.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 3, 2009
12:25 AM

Post #7128596

Age, is only in your head. It is how you feel.
We all feel great here so we are ageless.
Play in the dirt, don't feel like it :-))))
even if we are "Old as dirt" We got it honestly.
Love the kitty cat, he takes his job seriously, desn't he?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 3, 2009
8:23 AM

Post #7129800

Thats Jerry and he isnt the sharpest tack in the bunch but lovable for his nobel bearing and friendly greetings to everyone who comes into the yard

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 3, 2009
8:40 PM

Post #7131196

Wanna see my mule?
this Charley, my darlin' red mule.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 3, 2009
9:55 PM

Post #7131330

Handsome guy!
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 3, 2009
11:26 PM

Post #7131625

He is very handsome. I've never see many mules but I thought they looked more like donkeys. He looks just like a horse.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 3, 2009
11:54 PM

Post #7131687

He's about 15 hands. He is a handsome fellow and a smooth walker. when you get on be ready to ride, cause that boy can move. He's too fast for this old woman. But he is sweet, I can brush him all over and behind. He is that gentle. My donkeys are about the same too. All are very sweet animals. I am not mean to them . Here you go, The Kids.
Annabelle, Isabelle and A.T. Monticello. My husband name A.T. and Isabelle is his Mom and Annabelle is his Auntie. These are Standard donkeys, the one with the cross on their shoulders. My sweet moochy babies.

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 4, 2009
12:42 AM

Post #7131871

Oh, look at those sweet faces, just begging for a kiss.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 4, 2009
1:14 AM

Post #7131985

I do love the turn of the head on the one at the left, the happy ears of the one in the middle and the hair on the one on the right. They all look lovable.
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

October 4, 2009
1:26 AM

Post #7132028

I've never seen a red mule, either. He's very handsome.
The dog on the bench: I want him !!!

aaah: Harry ! Did the tooth fairy visit him ?

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 4, 2009
1:31 AM

Post #7132035

Instead of money he got Jambalaya and loved it.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 4, 2009
1:33 AM

Post #7132047

Thank you all. my babies would all be more than
willing to give you kisses. Especially if you brought
them an apple, tater chips, cookies, sweet potatoe,
they are not too picky. they don't care for tomatoes.
Can't figure out why.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 4, 2009
1:41 AM

Post #7132072

Tomatoes are toxic to some animals, so they might know that. My daughters neighbors dog, a small pug type, came over and ate my daughters tomatoes, and the neighbors ended up taking the dog to the vet, and they kept him for three days for food poisoning. And it wasn't from something sprayed on the tomatoes, the vet said the tomatoes can be toxic to dogs.

"tomatoes can be fatal to dogs Tomatoes (plant and fruit) contain tomatine, an alkaloid related to solanine. As the fruit ripens, the tomatine is metabolized. Therefore, ripe tomatoes are less likely to be problematic for animals. Clinical signs of poisoning include lethargy, drooling, difficulty breathing, colic, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, widely-dilated pupils, paralysis, cardiac effects, central nervous system signs (e.g., ataxia, muscle weakness, tremors, seizures), resulting from cholinesterase inhibition, coma and death. (This information comes from veterinarians, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.) (All parts of the plant except the tomato itself are poisonous to humans, although some people are sensitive to the ripe fruit also.) "
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

October 4, 2009
1:44 AM

Post #7132087

Who knew ? Very good info., Polly !

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 4, 2009
1:46 AM

Post #7132096

Amazing, isn't it how smart some animals are. These little donkeys and Charley are always looking around, they do get bored. They are like kids and get into things they shouldn't. Lord help you if you leave a door open to a shed. They want to go in and investigate to see if they can find something to eat. My DH calls them "Goats". They are almost as bad, but not quite, and they don't smell as bad as a Billy. They love to take Dust baths too.

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


October 5, 2009
7:09 PM

Post #7137919

Love this thread!!
No drama but I have a terror in the garden, all 5 lbs of her.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 5, 2009
7:13 PM

Post #7137937

So sweet, Sue!
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

October 5, 2009
10:49 PM

Post #7138583

My 24 lb, cat would probably be terrifed of her !

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 5, 2009
11:37 PM

Post #7138771

Oh, she looks too sweet to be a terror.
So dainty, what is her name?

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


October 6, 2009
12:00 AM

Post #7138865

Oh she would JD, she (Kasey) is a spitfire & thinks she's a big bad dog but it's that yappy bark that fakes you out. She's rather lick a cat's face than attack it. She really is a sweetie. Her sidekick Penny is a sweetie too, here they are in mad wrestling mode.

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Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


October 6, 2009
12:01 AM

Post #7138874

Oh oh, Mom said quit!

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Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


October 6, 2009
12:05 AM

Post #7138907

Pooped out after exploring the garden. Kasey is an unusual color for a Yorkie as she never turned silver/blond like most do by the time they are 1 but stayed black and brown/tan.

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 6, 2009
12:05 AM

Post #7138911

they know they are in trouble.
Look at these two.
Love your furbabies.

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Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


October 6, 2009
12:09 AM

Post #7138935

Oh and since our October feline is Ambrosia, here's my favorite shot of her.

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 6, 2009
12:11 AM

Post #7138942

I love that little poodle. I have add several poodles, but after the last one passed away I got these two here in the picture plus
boston Terrier and Chihuahua.

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 6, 2009
12:20 AM

Post #7138994

Beautiful. Himalayan?

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


October 6, 2009
12:40 AM

Post #7139090

She's Zuzu's from the first post above so no idea.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 6, 2009
12:50 AM

Post #7139129

Somewhere in her family is one or a Siamese.
Love those eyes.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 6, 2009
9:18 AM

Post #7140199

neat cat

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


October 6, 2009
2:03 PM

Post #7140679

Ok, back on track with pirl's original drama idea, this was is my drama by my front door. It's one of my Aeonium 'Schwarzkopf' blooming at over 6 ft. with the blue-green foliage and lime bloom heads of a euphorbia behind it. This was taken last spring, it didn't bloom this year.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 6, 2009
2:20 PM

Post #7140721

Stunning, Sue. That truly is dramatic as most of the dark leaved plants are.

This is the only good photo I took of the Castor Bean Plant.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 6, 2009
4:25 PM

Post #7141202

Sue!! thats just stunning

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 6, 2009
4:27 PM

Post #7141207

Girls, those plants are Beautiful. Love the succulent,
that castor bean is gorgeous too.
This is my brand new, this week end flower bed.
DH tilled it up and I planted it. Got my watchdog
on duty. Has mums, Mexican Salvia, Chartruse
Salvia,canna Hydrangea, little Kim Lilac.
Want to put Brug in it this spring.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 6, 2009
4:40 PM

Post #7141248

I dont know if this belongs here or in worst garden pests thread.
It's going to be drama when this Scotch Pine comes down.
Its marked for demo. in 2 weeks.
The one 10 feet away comes down next year.
I just hope the ferns and astilbes can take that much more light

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 6, 2009
5:31 PM

Post #7141386

Mulch them very well, preferably with compost, and drench them next spring. They may still fade faster than astilbe in shade but they will survive if they have enough compost and enough regular watering (including rain).

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 6, 2009
5:52 PM

Post #7141444

I am counting on that advise plus the other advise you gave a ew months ago when I freaked out at having to move plants(There is just NO more garden space in shade) You said the plants would ajust to more light.
I have to take down the next pine in the row next year.
am trying to save money to remodel my bathroom. I will see how much I miss the trees AM shade on the deck to see if I want to go to the expense of replacing with a JM or redbud
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 6, 2009
5:56 PM

Post #7141454

Any time a tree has to be removed the surrounding plants adapt better if it's done in fall, winter or early spring before they leaf out rather than in the heat of summer when they have huge problems adjusting to harsh sunlight when they've only known shade.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 6, 2009
7:18 PM

Post #7141721

I didnt want it to come down n summer and have all the plants tramped on
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 6, 2009
7:41 PM

Post #7141803

I understand completely. We have major work done only when plants have gone dormant or haven't emerged. No room for mistakes during the season.

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