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

November 2, 2009
12:48 AM

Post #7231741

So what has been your best treat or worst trick of the year in the garden?

Zuzu's kitty knows it has only treats and no tricks in store from her!

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

November 2, 2009
12:50 AM

Post #7231749

The driftwood finds on the beach were one of our most fun experiences this year and just last Sunday we ended up with this piece, which I had lying down. Once I stood it vertically I realized it's a bird.

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Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

November 2, 2009
12:57 AM

Post #7231772

Or maybe a giraffe...
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 2, 2009
1:09 AM

Post #7231812

That's what my friend, Lynn, said!
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

November 2, 2009
2:09 AM

Post #7231988

I sent the picture to my grandson, he said giraffe, too.
And you know how smart grandsons are...

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


November 2, 2009
2:24 AM

Post #7232040

A giraffe with her baby for sure.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 3, 2009
3:29 AM

Post #7235943

Here's the head. Does it still look more like a giraffe than a bird?

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steph_gem
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

November 3, 2009
4:19 AM

Post #7236115

thats a pretty cool piece of driftwood. we dont get any of that here in san diego.
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

November 3, 2009
4:25 AM

Post #7236132

Definitely a giraffe !
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

November 3, 2009
5:04 AM

Post #7236260

Oh yeah, pirl, cause Mike says so.
It's a giraffe.

And it sure is a great piece of driftwood.
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

November 3, 2009
5:59 AM

Post #7236337

Found this on the beach a few weeks ago. From the side, it looks like a dog...or a gargoyle. What do you think ?

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JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

November 3, 2009
6:01 AM

Post #7236339

Here it is from the front (not as interesting, though)

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JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 3, 2009
6:01 AM

Post #7236340

Definitely a Schnauzer!
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

November 3, 2009
6:03 AM

Post #7236341

Yes ! Good one ! LOL
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 3, 2009
6:11 AM

Post #7236354

From the front, it looks like a kitty gargoyle.
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

November 3, 2009
7:21 AM

Post #7236390

Or maybe a seahorse.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 3, 2009
9:24 AM

Post #7236448

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

November 3, 2009
10:56 AM

Post #7236494

Love Dogoyle!

I think it's a Scottie!

A local restaurant is closing down and they have a 6' wooden giraffe I'd love to have for the garden but can't imagine where I'd store him for the winter.
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 3, 2009
11:28 AM

Post #7236520

You could paint it with clear spar varnish. That would make it waterproof...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 3, 2009
12:01 PM

Post #7236549

Take it to a carpainting shop and have it "Clear Coated"
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 3, 2009
12:13 PM

Post #7236563

...and they'd have me white coated.

Juney - does that come in spray cans?
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 3, 2009
1:41 PM

Post #7236780

I don't know.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 3, 2009
3:07 PM

Post #7237032

Seal it with a deck sealer or wood sealer of any sort. They come in spray cans.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 3, 2009
3:29 PM

Post #7237093

Thanks. We've used Thompson's wood sealer for other applications and hated it so we'll try another brand.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 3, 2009
3:50 PM

Post #7237145

i noticed blossoms on the quince bush
what da
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 3, 2009
8:08 PM

Post #7237926

M forsythia and quince did that last year (in the Missouri Ozarks @ Ft. Wood). They gave me one of the best Spring-time in Fall displays that I have ever seen and still bloomed OK last spring.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 4, 2009
6:04 PM

Post #7241026

I have a really dark shady spot in my garden that I had been trying unsuccessfully for several years to brighten up with silver leafed foliage. This year I decided to try to find some non-plant item to use instead.

As I already have a number of concrete statues, I wanted something else. I thought maybe I could find a nice metal or glass sculpture. I searched many flea markets and auctions. I think that I had an abstract form most in mind. This is what I found.

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 4, 2009
6:14 PM

Post #7241074

How cute. It looks kind of like a cougar/ monkey.

That's a pretty area.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 4, 2009
6:18 PM

Post #7241091

Thanks Polly. It is an African carved wooden monkey. Most people think it is a cat.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 4, 2009
9:30 PM

Post #7241679

I think it's terrific...but I bet you'd have guessed that anyhow!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 4, 2009
9:58 PM

Post #7241743

Thanks, Pirl. Yes, it does seem to fit in with your "menagerie". LOL DSO treated it it 3 times with that clear Marine Varnish that's used for sail boats. You might want to try using that on some of yours. It hardly darkened the paint at all. I just finished bringing a lot of the other garden "stuff" inside today. I need help to carry him. He weighs about 75 lbs. He's going into the basement for the winter.
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 4, 2009
10:15 PM

Post #7241796

I found the marine Spar Varnish in a spray can: http://cabotstain.com/products/product/Spray-Spar-Varnish.html I like the ease of using spray cans and you can't beat the cleanup time. LOL
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 4, 2009
10:23 PM

Post #7241821

That's good to know, stormy.

Thank you, JuneyBug. I think the spray would be much more effective getting all the nooks and crannies. I do appreciate your help.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 4, 2009
11:51 PM

Post #7242099

My worst trick of the year was thinking that it was safe to let DSO go back to Home Depot to pick up the Brick Red paint that I wanted for my Bistro set. He had helped me to sort through all of the cans when we were there the first time and they only had one can. When they called me to say that it had been restocked, I foolishly let him handle it. Second worst trick, was my not going to check on the work in progress.

Actually, it fits right in with my neighbor's new fence.

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

November 5, 2009
1:16 AM

Post #7242456

Well it is an eye catcher!
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 5, 2009
1:27 AM

Post #7242493

I like it. A few magazines pictured everything painted blue, and everyone did it. I like the red, different.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 5, 2009
5:08 AM

Post #7243198

LOL, I've gotten used to it now. When the Begonias grew and got as red as the table, it looked a lot better. But, it didn't fade one bit over the season. The gals in mid-atlantic called it eye popping. LOL

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 5, 2009
9:43 AM

Post #7243418

It is a wonderful set and the pottery planter looks home made.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 5, 2009
12:55 PM

Post #7243590

Thanks, Ge. No, it was just a nicely priced buy at Home Goods several years ago.

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

November 5, 2009
1:13 PM

Post #7243623

Love the way you matched the reds. What are you growing on the trellises?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 5, 2009
1:16 PM

Post #7243625

Beautiful Stormy
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 5, 2009
1:36 PM

Post #7243672

Pirl, I just planted that whole section along the fence this summer.The fence went up at the end of April. It's 250' of fence. There are 18 trellises with Climbing Roses, Clematis, Gelsemium Sempervirens Marguerita, Hydrangeas, Clematis, Loniceras, Morning Glories, Black Eyed Susans and Hyacinth Beans.

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

November 5, 2009
2:14 PM

Post #7243785

Wow! That will be glorious. Please take photos and let us see them!

Which clematises did you plant?
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 5, 2009
2:36 PM

Post #7243853

Pirl, They were Franziska Maria, Multi Blue, Kiri Te Kanawa, Purpea Plena Elegans and 1 or 2 others.

The Hydrangeas are a Japanese Pink flowering Variety, Schizophragma hydrangeoides Roseum.

There are 5 or 6 different varieties and colors of Lonicera.

The roses are all different too, mostly heirloom own root ones.

The plants mostly all seemed to do well except towards the end of the season, a couple of the Clematis got wilt.

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

November 5, 2009
2:48 PM

Post #7243895

Clematis are not known for their end of season beauty. I just cut back any that look awful and they bounce back the next year.

That should be a spectacular blooming fence!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 5, 2009
2:48 PM

Post #7243896

sounds beautiful
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 5, 2009
3:02 PM

Post #7243943

Thanks, Gals. This is a big experiment for me as I've never grown vines before. When I moved here 4 years ago, it took me 8 months to cut the 80' of wild vines out of 550' of tree line, so I have been vineaphobic. Planting, even buying them took some emotional jitters as I've been on vine patrol every day for 4 years!!! But I had to do something with that horrid white wall. When the fence went up, I was left with 2 to 3' of grass behind the existing plantings that there was no access to.

That area was all shaded and used to be very dark. Everything that was previously planted in that tree line was low growing woodland plants and some hosta, and few shrubs. Of course, most of them have WHITE blooms. So there will be a lot of plant moving going on along there next year. In order to get colorful plants to grow over there, I had to cut back 25' of the neighbor's Maple limbs that grew over my yard.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 5, 2009
3:07 PM

Post #7243958

I can't wait to see it.

What color combos are you going for? Or a cottagey garden look with a mix? 250 feet of fence is fabulous!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 5, 2009
3:16 PM

Post #7243982

Well, Polly, Your Iris all went along there! LOL

Blues, Magentas, and Corals with a few variations.

I just finished a big multiple Allium planting all along it. Even the daffs that are in there are all white, so I'm adding new ones and will move the whites after I mark them next spring.

For end of summer and fall, reds, blues, oranges and gold.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 5, 2009
3:21 PM

Post #7244039

Well, I know what colors those are, for sure, LOL. The color combo sounds wonderful!

Alliums will be fantastic along that fence. I have trouble with them, due to our sandy soil, but I love them, darn it. Pirl grows beautiful ones.

Can't wait to see pictures in the spring, summer and fall.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 5, 2009
3:30 PM

Post #7244070

Thanks, Polly. I'm sure it will take a few years to get it right. I find that my gardens have their own, very loud way of telling me what they want me to grow!!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 5, 2009
4:19 PM

Post #7244187

Hi Polly
Your plants sure get around
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 5, 2009
7:58 PM

Post #7244842

Yes, they sure did, Jo Ann.

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