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We planned and planted, moved plants time and again for 18 years until it looked like the above photo and still I wasn't satisfied so I did over a portion of what you see in October and November. Maybe this time it will come out the way I want it to be.
The garden pictured here hasn't changed much at all since we installed it in '95.
That is beautiful. I promised my DH, sort of, that I would finish my garden and then sit down and enjoy it. Well I will try. I actually want to be satisfied so I can sit down and really enjoy it but every time I sit down I see something that has to be moved.
May and June arent bad its just that I put a lot of late bloomers in the area that spring.
I will pix from the same spot this year, should see more hardy geraniums and Lischenes( sp) my GF gave me seeds.
It's hard to get your garden to cover all the months. Do you have the book Time Tested Plants, by Pamela Harper? That really helped me. But mine still peaks in June, with the irises, and I need more late summer plants (phlox!).
Very nice Jo Ann. I was having the same problem only my garden was peaking from late June into July. I added some Virginia bluebells, columbine, iris and some pulsatilla in 2007. Then I decided I need color to go later into the fall and in 2008, bought more dahlia tubers and mums. I also had some a real nice trade from a very generouse DGer and put in a couple of Japanese Anemones. I am anxious to see what the JA's do in the Fall of 2010.
Joann, love it but it would drive me crazy to wait. In the SW we have about 10 to 20 days of winter and then the sun starts shining again. Two years ago we had 100 degrees first week of April. Just really never know when to plant your tomatoes. We trim back and feed our roses first week of February. Do not grow many bulbs here because the blooms only last one day because of the heat. We had high winds last night and my property in on a slight curve about 1/4 of the way down. So I have all the leaves from above me in my front landscape and street scape and the front street. My neighbor stopped by and wanted to know if I had pi**ed off Mother Nature.
Have a wonderful day. I have a little grocery shopping to do. I cannot believe I waited till today but oh well.
Carolyn - I also went with earlier bloomers for spring, and then dahlias for summer and fall. At least the dahlias take us into November with their blossoms. It would be so nice if some lilies could wait to bloom for October and November.
Here's Red Hot lily from Dutch Gardens - always a grand performer.
One last question. Should I purchase plant, seed or is it a bulb. The site you led me to sell all three. Thank you very much. Merry Christmas., We have another hour and 36 minutes. My DH will not even come close to believing what I got him for Christmas. It is his favorite candy from when he was a kid. I searched the internet and found it at "Old fashion candy from years gone by." Nothing exciting. Necco wafers. It is still available somewhere in the United States but not Las Vegas. I bought enough that he will have enough if he lives to be a hundred. My DH is disgusting. He can eat one piece of candy a day. He will love it. I bet I get something for gardening. I have been hinting for knee pads. Merry Christmas.
He will be so surprised because the last time we found them they were at a roadside shop somewhere in Texas. Well maybe he would be more surprised if it was a Corvette but I have already told him that is not going to happen. I laugh when I see a 76 year old man driving a Corvette and there is no way my DH is going to be laughed at, so end of story. Meany...
Actually, if I remember correctly ... I bought mine as a root, rather than a bulb... I guess maybe you'd call it a tuber. If you get it that way, I wouldn't order until your ground is warm enough to be workable. That's the way I'd order it again - these guys have terrific products, but they ship stuff in baggies filled with peat and I can only guess what the plants would look like.
And in Las Vegas, you're going to have to put these in a area that gets a fair amount of water with enough compost to defend against your alkaline soil and water.
Sheryl, thank you so much for the input. I , after 8 years at this new property, have every inch composted and refill all the time. I also use mulch like it is free. But it does protect from the sun and reduces loss of moisture. When we built the home we had the lot graded down over 4 feet and removed all the Nevada blow sand and started with landscape soil and then went from there. The front landscape is made up with large boulders buried in the soil and placed to make various deep flower beds. What still amazes me is the small rocks under all the soil I had brought into the landscape. They just move upward and sooner or later they are at the top of the soil. I start digging a bed that was free of rocks and now it is full. Mother Nature is really sneaky in some ways.
You are all getting buried or have been already buried in snow. Have a great , warm and safe Merry Christmas. Getting ready to go see Baby Luke.He is now 7 weeks old.
This was placed on another thread and I got permission to use it. I think it is beautiful.
I have really been enjoying the gardens. My computer was down for sometime and I still don't have a lot of my pictures downloaded. I'll see what I can find hopefully I will have something to post. I'll start with a few of my spring bulbs and flowers. I transplanted some VaBlueBells from the local area hopefully they will be back next spring. Here they are last spring. It's not a good clear pic but you can see how nice they look with the hosta.
The first flowers in the spring always seem to be the most exciting for me. I bought these little iris in a co-op the year before, planted them that fall and then promptly forgot about them -(I had gone pretty heavy on the co-ops that year). When I first saw them coming up, I could not imagine what they were and was so excited when they opened!
PollyK, thanks for the heads up. I have some other bulbs that are ephemeral also. Of course, I had to look up that word on Google before I new what you were talking about. I love DG, learn something new every day.
I love the reticulated iris but haven't had much luck with them. Got to find just the right place. I planted a few last summer and am hoping they will bloom for me next spring. Here are a few of my favorite daffs. They blend well with the tulips you can see in the background.
Can't find any mid summer pics, this was taken end of summer beginning of fall. Going to have to thin out those asters next spring or they will take over the whole bed. Love that orange coleus hiding under them.
Thanks everyone, I'm weeding out some of my pics. One of the issues with the computer was I had way too many pics. So I am going thru the ones I downloaded and getting rid of some. Here is a keeper, the spring show from my Wisteria. There was an arbor planed for last spring that didn't get built so hopefully we will get it in this comming spring.
Anyone trying to stay out of the leftovers in the fridge?
I have been reading posts ,never thought of just to stay out of the kitchen.
We had a heavy frost last night and roads are slick or I would be out walking.
I am living on the leftovers, who knew cookies and chocolate candy would make an acceptable breakfast. LOL
Pirl I remember the lovely Veggie Garden pics from last summer. At the end of fall we finished up clearing the bottom of the Veggie garden and putting in the new bed. So I have a larger Veggie Garden and a new bed to look forward, too.
It is beautiful here today the sun is out and it feels so warm. It is only 39 deg outside but if the ground wasn't so wet I would be out there working.
ge, It is hard thinning the pic. I want to keep old pic even thought they may not be the best pics so I can look back and see the progression. I also took pics to use as reference as to what is planted where and then there are the nice garden shots and close ups that I want to keep. I hope to do a little more work on my Journal this winter. It is pretty meager right now. I've added a few pics as I go thru them and see something pretty and think that is a good Journal picture.
I completely understand.
As to the chocolate and cookie breakfast.I have had quiche every morning for the past 3.
Thats because by the time I get to 1 oclock I am nipping at the bananna rum cake with walnut caramel glaze that sits on the island.
My doctor is going to kill me, good thing I dont see him until Feb.
Pirl, do not knock Mr. Tidy. My DH could walk past a disaster in the garden and not even see it. Your Veg garden is wonderful. The tomato plants look so healthy. I came to sweeping my crushed granite. I could not find my rake nearby one time so I used my broom. It works better.
JoAnn, that wood carving on your walkway is beautiful. Did you do that. Also, do you own the rolling landscape beyond the walk. That is also beautiful.
The carved bear and cub was a gift to DD from her husband ,last crismiss.
The garden shown is ours on the border of the neighbors.
He has a bed of weeds with black raspberries for accent.
They have 7 kids and dont garden except for raspberries.
Beyond that is the back yards of 3 neighbors.
Ours is the only house with gardens in that direction.
The people on the other side of the yard do garden and she has beautiful hostas as well as a 150 foot long perennial border.
She's a great gal, we trade plants,
I petrole every morning. They have raspberry bushes all along the property. I pull the rogues out of my garden.
Its the other stuff thats really a nuicence. Grows tall and had a dandilion type flower green prickly leaves.
Wow! these are all so beautiful. It really makes me hungry for spring. Just going through this thread and catching up has made me feel warmer. We're having a warmer day today, 24 degrees right now, no sunshine but no wind either which is a blessing. We had to drive through a 1/4 mile stretch of 5' drift yesterday (it had been bladed open of course) to get to my in-law's farm for a late Christmas. It looked so funny to see the tops of the caution signs peaking out of the snowdrift. This is supposed to be the warmest day of the next 7 so I really need your pictures to help me through!
Pirl, in the very top picture, what is the deeper pink up against the house? It's really beautiful as is the rest of your garden. I agree with Sharon on being thankful for Mr. Tidy. My DH is wonderful, but has to be reminded that trash cans are not following him around, he has to find them.
I've not been good about taking pictures and am resolved to do better. I've received a lovely new scrapbook that I may reserve for nothing but garden, and try to be really good about labeling what I photograph. Good resolution for the New Year anyway.
This is one bed that will need alot of attention next spring, as after this photo it became rather overrun with goldenrod and monarda. I think it's going to take a lot of digging. I also received a peony from a friend, which I put in here, only to discover that some "Bouncing Bet" (I don't know the official name) came along and has now grown up everywhere, despite my persistant pulling. The fact that I wasn't able to get out to the flower beds last summer, 'til almost August, kind of let these more aggressive plants get away. I was just thankful things survived at all, but I'm going to have to do a lot of pulling when the ground finally thaws.
Love your bulbs but that last photo is divine, Willowwind! The pink tall flower in the first photo is the astilbe I mentioned to you. It expands here to an unbelievable degree.
Mr. Tidy is the same way inside. He's Mr. Clorox in spring when he begins his seeds in the basement. The whole house smells of Clorox and even if I put up a pot of chicken stock the Clorox is the major scent for a week. He also does all of the wash and all of the food shopping and he unwraps the chocolate kisses for the cookies.
I keep photos that aren't for show but just for my own personal reference to let me know what is planted and where it is planted.
The cookies that are left (5 I think) are now on a plate with what's left of the lemon nut pound cake. Tonight we had a real meal for the first time since 12/23.
Is there a law that says we can't have cookies and leftover candy kisses for breakfast during Christmas week? I'll add my boxes of Godiva to the mix!
I wondered if that might not be the astilbe...it's beautiful. I've just never seen it so big and beautiful. You must keep it very happy!
What a treat to have Mr. Tidy around. I do get good laundry help, but I try to run in and sort quickly or there's no telling what might end up together. Mr. Tidy certainly does a wonderful job with the chocolate kisses. Those cookies look beautiful and I'm sure would make a wonderful breakfast, accompanied by a nice cup of hot tea or coffee. Yum!
I think we're about out of the holiday treats I like, thank goodness. There's candy left, but I'm not too big on that, so maybe I can get back to healthier eating. I think that's what January is for. Too bad I can't grow veggies in the house.
Well, January is for resolutions to do better and by then many of us will be done with the goodies that tempt us (except for the Godiva!).
Mr. Tidy is also the builder of trellises, tuteurs, etc. and he is quite handy to have around.
One year when he planted the spring lettuce seeds he announced, two days later, that he couldn't believe how they had grown. In error he had the lights on 24 hours a day...so there really is a way to grow veggies indoors!
He also reads and reads and reads - up to 8 hours a day. As long as the work gets done I don't get too crazed. He's also in charge of the dog walking, the dishwasher, setting the table, doling out medicines/vitamins/minerals, dry cleaning, banking and in charge of investments. Sharon and I had enough to do with investments in our business lives!
I am so-o-o impressed. You really have a gem on your hands. I would love to have a builder around, although I can't complain as I have a son-in-law who is amazing with wood. I am lucky too as we never have to call anyone for heating, air-conditioning, or plumbing problems and my husband is quite brave about wading into problems that look so messy I don't want to touch them.
I may have to try the lettuce under lights. I will have some coming up in my cold frame, but it's far too cold for any progress there yet. It's time for me to get pansies planted so maybe I'll sprinkle a bit of lettuce seed around the edges. It really sounds good!
Here's one of the prettiest flowers in my garden...her name is Magnolia! Actually behind her is the one remaining eyesore that needs to be worked on. Someone, long ago, planted honeysuckle here and I haven't gotten it out. It actually climbs clear to the roof in one spot. I need to clean it all out and plant shrubs, but it's fairly shady, so even those may not do well. Any great ideas?
Yes, hire a few laborers because the roots are in the net block. They suck up all the water. Anything will probably grow there after that is gone. I have baby tears that love the shade. Great on the ground or in pots. Strawberries like partial shade. I am not an expert because our temperature in the shade are at last 90 degrees. I have starts for baby tears. Grows like a weed.
What a lovely Magnolia you have Willow.
LOL On Mr Tidy, my Dear Ric does litterly all the grocery shopping and cooking, he's a coupon clipper, bargain shopper, too. House work, laundry, builds and fixes he pretty much does what ever needs doing, he's not very tidy though. There isn't a flat surface in the house or barn that he doesn't clutter up and tools and building materials everywhere. LOL
Well, I guess we take what we get. DH thinks clutter is charming. He basically does nothing but feed the dogs. But when I was ill for close to a year, he babied me everyday. I think he would have spoon feed me if it had been necessary. He is kind to animals, never get angry or drunk. Takes good care of his body by working out at the gym. Barely spends any money so I really have nothing to complain about. I have a handy man I call when I need something done. When DH starts to whimper about, I could do that, I just tell him this a gift for him from me so he will not have to do whatever is being one. I found the handyman when I needed a few things done and I kept getting the same answer. Does it have to be done today? I would answer, no problem honey, anytime you can get around to it would be great. Well you all know what happened then, nothing. So I just love him, take care of him and keep a handyman off the unemployment line. All is good.
Isn't it amazing what gems they all are, even if some of them are more "in the rough".
HollyAnn, your arbor and trumpet vine are just gorgeous. I have a large cedar that I wouldn't mind losing eventually, but it provides a good windbreak for now "til other things gain more size. I've thought about planting a trumpet vine where it could climb up in it. I've read that vines can eventually do trees in, but this is such a tough one I would think it could take a long while, if it ever did. The trumpets would really add some beauty as well as feeding the hummers. Holly, is yours one of the hybrid varieties, or just the common one? The flowers are so perfect it looks like it's a bit more polished than the run-of-the-mill vine, but that might just be the touch of your green thumb.
Sharon, the Baby Tears sound like a great idea. That area actually does have a little wind protection, and shouldn't dry too quickly once I can get the honeysuckle out. I'll miss the fragrance, but not fighting with the vines. I may put a bit of it somewhere out on a far fence where it could ramble all it wants and not hurt anyone. I have a couple of honeysuckles that are much more tame and controlable that I'll enjoy up close.
Watch when you starting digging up that honeysuckle. When i dug mine up I thought it would take a moment. NO, the roots had invade the entire bed, had formed little babies and were ready to burst into the plant from h*ll. I had strawberries and could not come to a reason why they had died. It took me over 3 hours to get rid of the baby plants. They had planted themselves anywhere there was irrigation bubble.
Let me know when you want some baby tears, I have it growing anywhere. You can cut it up and make it into plugs. Maybe it is easy for you to get in Kansas but I had to get mine in California and bring it home. The technical name is helxine soleirolii. I have tried to find the seed with no success. Let me know if you find any seed. I would love to have some. I became acquainted with baby tears because it came in with a plant from the nursery. Garden center tells me it does not grow here. I have it all over the landscape and as long as it does not get the direct sun, it does great. I have had a few batches freeze but places right next to it did not freeze. Got me but it always comes back in the early spring.
Very overcast today. Going to clean my totally upside down home. Have a great day everyone.
Hey, JD! I love cleaning out the garage. I really enjoy organizing and using my old plastic coffee "cans" for other purposes - the ultimate in recycling! He did catch my fever and did a few shelves saying he wouldn't do more than that but he ended up doing all of his shelves! When he labeled the items I knew the clean fever was worth it.
Great Magnolia, Willowwind and one you can enjoy every day of the year.
Honeysuckle! It took longer to eradicate that devil of a beauty than any other plant I've had. It was part of the "inherited landscaping". I wouldn't put anything else there until a few years had passed just to be 100% sure you got out all the roots.
Sharon - a handyman you can count on is worth every dollar. We do have one guy who will do tree trimming and any odd jobs that Jack doesn't want to tackle. Each year our guy does a few more jobs and that's fine with us.
No its a pretty common TV I've had it a very long time. I ordered 2 Wisterias and 1 Trumpet Vine, back then I didn't know the difference and apparently neither did the guy that sent the plants. I planted the 2 similar plants out front and the other one in the side yard. Three years later when they started to bloom I found out that there was a mix up but I wasn't going to dig them up and move them. LOL
TV can be pretty invasive and I do spend some time keeping it in check but I think it is worth the effort. It gets cut back once a year after the bloom just so people don't have to duck to get in the front walk. You are right I can sit out on the front porch and watch the hummers coming and going all day. We have a doves nest in there, too. She sits so quietly that you wouldn't even notice her.
Sharon, I have a friend that has a "not" handy hubby and just loves it. When something needs done she pays them and it all gets done. No waiting, or unfinished projects. My guys can do all kinds of wonderful things but I have learned to be very patient. LOL
Thank you ladies, Magnolia and her little sister Acacia (both named actually for trees) are some of the brightest parts of my landscape, but like the rest of my flowers, they need a bit of maintanence to keep them happy. That's, of course, part of the fun!
Now for that awful corner behind her...I'm afraid I really do have a job coming to get it out (the honeysuckle) for all I know it may have been there since the first part of this house was built back in 1927. The good part is that I've not seen too much of the vine spreading out to the sides, but there's an odd array of old roses and daylilies here and there that I'll also have to consider. On the very end, right behind Nolie, is a Zephrine Droughin (not spelled right) that has done pretty well in the shade and I'd like to keep going, but I think the others will need more sun, so this is going to be a major excavation in general. I may have a big cook out, invite the kids and their shovels, and try to do it that way. :) Sharon I would love some starts of the Baby Tears. I'll check back with you when it's a bit closer to spring. I think they would make a beautiful ground cover and should do well here if they grow for you. I may need to bring a bit in next winter just in case it freezes here, but that's a fairly protected area. I'll just be sure to plant part of it somewhere else so that if the honeysuckle would come back and need more digging, at least I could re-patch in the Baby Tears. Thank you for the offer.
HollyAnn, you've convinced me to try the Trumpet Vine. Yours is so pretty, and, as I said, I really wouldn't mind if I eventually lost the tree...it could just turn into a God-made trellis that way.
Pirl, you two sound like my Uncle Ted and Aunt Lucena. They had wonderful gardens and Uncle Ted could build anything and loved maintaining their very sizeable yard, but they always had a handyman named Mac. We children, (my cousins, sisters and I) used to tag along behind Mac constantly, as he also helped several other of my uncles as well as my Grandparents. Poor Mac never had a quiet minute, but we all learned alot from him. He was one of the gentlest, sweetest and most patient men I've ever known.
This is Charlotte, one of the other roses caught in the honeysuckle web. It's done alright on its own there, but is diminishing some every year so I really need to get it out into the sunshine. At least I know it can put up with some root competition so I should be able to plant around it.
Thank you so much HollyAnn. I just wrote that down on my notebook so I'll remember. I really would love one of yours as obviously it's a great one. I probably won't need 10, but thank you for the offer. :)
Last summer was so hectic for me and I had a few promised that didn't get sent out. So I will get an early start this year before things get too overgrown to send. It would be my pleasure to send you some. Ladygardener who posts on the MA Forum has one that grows in a tree. She has posted a few pictures you could D-mail her and ask about it.
Removing the honeysuckle is a good job for sitting in one spot for a day and digging, tracing the underground runners, more digging...all day long. But then watch the area for new eruptions for those you may have missed. I do love honeysuckle and love the memories of it as a child but it's best off in a wild part of the garden (in my opinion).
Oh I hope I don't have that much trouble replanting my Goldflame HS. I put it in a year or two ago. Wasn't really sure where I wanted it. I'm going to transplant it in the spring to the new bed down near the garden.
The BBQ sound like a good idea but I would rent a large, not wimpy, rototiller and tear up the dirt and plant. And then sit down and go through the soil for the roots. I would also water it deeply around that area about three days before to make the tilling easier. Might as well do the whole area.
My all time favorite blonde joke is about a blonde speeding in her car and she gets pulled over by a female officer who asks for identification. The blonde pulls out a mirror and says, "Yep - that's me". The officer looks in the mirror and says, "Sorry, I didn't realize you are also on the police force".
OK, I do not get it. You know young girl from small mining town in Nevada. LOL..
OK Pagancat, I knew exactly what you meant. We just proved you could be bought so I just wanted to know how much. Obviously, you have not heard the joke. It is OK, we are harmless. Silly but harmless. Ran out of my Liptor and Viagra.
Yes ,I helped my grandmother but never was as "into it" as I have been since DG.
My property was very narrow and most of it was house.
This is where I lived until 2007.I container gardened due to such small spaces for plants. Neighbor on the right is a horder.
What a mess.They moved in 5 years before I moved out and the accumulation is appaling.
I feel bad for them. She is battling cancer for the past few years.
Her husband hangs in there for the kids sake and she has had therapy to try to controle it but when I visit the old neighbors across the street ,it's obvious she is loosing the battle of the compulsive hoarding and buying.
My hair wasnt cut until I was in Junior hi 7th grade.
My braids were so long I could sit on them.
I remember in 6th grade we put on a pagent about Victory Gardens,I was an ear of corn. I dressed in a yellow and green cone shaped costume and unbraided my hair so it looked like corn silk cascading down in front of my face.
Oh my, I think there is a familiar thread running through all of us. I also had long braids that reached below my waist, and didn't have them cut until 6th grade, and it was accidental even then. Mine were blonde, but more of a dirty dish-water color, at least that's what my sisters called it. My whole family had dark hair, except me, so in comparison I was a blonde, and I have to admit, there times I really act like one.
If I rototilled the area after digging out the honeysuckle, you don't think it would make it worse? I was afraid the roots would be like bindweed and if I chopped them up, would come up in a hundred-million places. Maybe I could put the soil through a screen to get most of the bits out.
Yes sift the dirt but I am a fanatic. I will spend hours on just one section of landscape, just sitting in my pile of dirt and getting rid of the rocks, roots or whatever. Last year I discover one of the street scape trees had invaded my rose ed along by driveway. When I started I was just in front of the sidewalk. By the time I was half way through I discovered the roots were getting larger. Wrong. Roots get smaller the farther they get from the tree. So I had another invasive root coming from somewhere else but I had no trees around. By the time I found the source, I had a hole about 4 foot square. I have composted all my soil so it was easy digging expect for the fine roots that break away from the larger roots. It took the hole that large to discover that this very large root had moved under the short wall between our property and our next door neighbor and his tree had taken over the entire bed. I had to remove two bushes because the root had totally wrapped itself around their roots. I discovered this root but my landscaper had to get rid of it on the other side. We measured the root as it came under the fence and it was about 8 inches across. It actually took the landscapers over an hour to dig up on the other side and cut the root. We both use the same mow and blow guy so that was no problem. Our neighbors are friends so I called him at work and told him he better be deep watering his tree because I had just cut off its main source of water. Maybe in 2010 I will learn to tell a shorter tale.
Guess I cut my own head off there. Here's how I looked more often. My parents were both geologists and we lived in Colorado, so when I wasn't looking at rocks I was climbing them and a dress just wasn't too practical.
I have a beautiful pair of old lace gloves that came in an auction box of quilt scraps. My granddaughters (these are quite small too) love to wear them now, when they're playing tea party.
It would probably be hard to even find nice white gloves anymore, of course it's hard to even find a nice department store around here. Oh well, my present life doesn't lend itself so well to gloves anyway, and I really don't mind. My gloves, now, are more often for gardening.
I can't tell where it is, even from the surroundings, but I'm up for the trip. I can bring all my old flower seed from last year. I've been going through it and have more than I thought. Looks like it could use a bit of color anyway...not that I'm complaining about the grounds!
I think a blower with a rechargeable battery is just the ticket. I think the pond is a mess. Would have to be skimmed and then drained, but then will have to be restocked. WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DO NOT WHERE IT IS...
Calif_Sue Northern California United States (Zone 9a)
I think our January project should be to get those gardens planned out. We can also work on the Garden Party menu, starting with Pirl's chocolate mousse. (I used to have a cartoon cut out and on my refridgerator with two little boys staring at a moose head mounted on the wall. One is saying to the other, "My Mom makes chocolate pudding out of them.")
After living in Kansas these many years I've learned the secret to dust is open windows on both sides of the house so it blows right on through.
Carolyn, your lilies really make me feel like a garden party! Hot tea, chocolate mousse, and then we can skim the scum. What a day! Even fences wouldn't make that place feel like much of a cube.
the world has become a very small place and it is definitely a global economy.
I have always loved history and I wonder what it was like in the 1700's and the 1800's, when the world seemed so much bigger and it was really something back then to have things imported from Europe. There are a couple of seed catalogs I get from England. I have never had any problems ordering from them either...
Same here, Carolyn. A very long time ago I read a book about Abigail Adams and she had to order fabric from England at unbelievably high prices. To think that now we can get in a car and visit four fabric shops in an afternoon, come home with the fabric and make a curtain is amazing when we compare it to the past.
"TR", a book on Teddy Roosevelt, gives a great view of what New York City was like in the 1890's and early 1900's. It talks of great expanses of green fields - now a bit difficult to imagine after seeing Times Square last night!
That is just beautiful but I think I'd rather have my own Tropical Island. The first time we went to the Bahamas we picked up a local paper with an add for an island. Can't remember how big, think it was around a hundred acres, there was a large house, guest house, think there was a citrus farm on it, came with a couple of boats and had a harbor. We (Ric and I + another couple) spent the week talking about how we could sell our homes and buy it. Lets see Tate (a salesman) could line up corporate groups to have conferences, Jane would manage the barns goats, horses and chickens. Ric would run the kitchen (he's a great cook) and I would do the SCUBA operation. We divided out various other jobs to our kids. Jane's daughter in her early twenties and working at a bank would be the bookkeeper, My oldest daughter (social butterfly and pt bar tender) would handle the bar and party activities. The twins Jen & Josh would work with me in the SCUBA operation. They had both grown up on the local river and could handle a boat. (Ocean verses River doesn't really make a difference in our new dream life.) Our youngest pre-teen would grow up to be practically a native. What fun we had on that trip,
On all our trips to the Bahamas it was the best!
I have lived in the same house for more than thirty years, not 20 miles from where I was born. A 6 week trip we took 3 years ago was the longest time I was ever away from my parents in my life. I have found that although I like to travel, 6 weeks away from home is, too long. Holly
Incredible costumes Pirl. I can't help but think how much fun my granddaughters would have with something like that. Dress-ups heaven! I love the islands, but I'll take the mountains first any day. That was my first home and is truely where my heart got left behind.
Marti, do you have anywhere inside you can hang a single shop light? My growing areas are the only thing that get me through some of our Kansas winters. It's like having a small jungle on hand. I can go play in the snow (except this year I'm not so good in it) then come in and play in the tropics. Great SAD prevention!
ge, keep us posted on your helebore. It should help us all feel a bit springier.
willowwind, I never thought about that. We live in a single wide mobile and right now I've got half the bathroom sink covered with small pots of cuttings and seeds. I just have to have something growing to be happy. I am to used to year round gardening in Calif. Heck, the nursery here is bare except for trees. No flowers. No roses. No nothing. In Calif, I could go to the nursery anytime of the year and find flowers to buy. I miss that.
Yes, I have a great blank canvas to start with. The picture shows the front yard and down the side yard behind the trailer. The property is about 192 feet deep and 75 feet wide. Plus my sister owns the lot next door. About the same size. In front of the trailer which faces west is where I will put the shade garden. The trailer shades the garden in the morning and afternoon and evening it's shaded by three maple trees. The rest of the yard is full sun to partial sun. AND I want everything, every flower to plant in the yard plus my veggie garden.
I have 6 rose cuttings rooting plus 2 iris received in trade and had started to grow, so I put them in pots. Oh, and I think I found some wild columbines. I carefully took three and haave them growing in a pot to see what color they are.
I am not opposed to that, unfortunately, DH feels we need to have some lawn. I would not mind just having paths running in and out of my plants.
I too need something to grow during the winter months. I have some foxglove I am going to start and I do have my houseplants. I moved some of my orchids into a lighted greenhouse in the spare bedroom and I am trying to carry over some of the less zone hardy pond plants in my little greenhouse as well...
Marti, I wonder if you could rig up a grow light under the bed?? I'm sure no one would notice! Maybe under the sink...let's see where else? Maybe you could bargain to trade the bathroom for a larger room? That way you could give the bathroom back and just use the bedroom.
Carolyn, next summer, be sure you groom the open sides of your planting beds really well...like at least another 6" to 1 ft. farther out. I've been doing that for awhile and so far DH hasn't really noticed the beds getting wider. He does panic when he sees me digging a new one, so this is less stressful for him and actually, he has less to mow in the long run. :)
No such thing in Somerset. To backcountry for it. Only one nursery in town and its closed down for the winter. No plants until at least March, they said. Of course they ahve greenhouses but will not let me in.
The white coat people gave up on me a long, long time ago...no hope! Now the only people DH worries about is the sherrif's patrol when they see all the light coming out of the basement and spare bedroom windows. I'm not so worried. If they want to try out my geraniums they're welcome to.
I did change my user name and I am always spelling Loews wrong. Usually spell check catches me on that. Must have been in a hurry. Good catch Calif_Sue. You are always good for a great laugh. And I do enjoy laughing at myself.
Carolyn, are there mini lights under each shelf?
I was going to raise medical marijuana but did not know where to get the seed. It is amazing how many Hispanics and Caucasian men are growing vegetables. When I go to the hydroponic store the place is packed with Hispanics and Caucasian young men picking up their supplies. I bet they could tell me where to get my seed.
You want to see something funny, Sharon. Look on Property Room, and see all the lighting. Property Room was set up to sell police confiscated items, although it's gone commercial, like everything else. But they have tons of super grow lights. And then, of course, you buy them, and shortly you get a visit from the local gendarme.
My next door neighbor's uncle is with the sheriff's office. I planted Texas Red Stars down the length of a fence on that side of the house when we moved here...working in the yard one day, I heard voices and went around the house to find him and 4 other officers perusing the fence line...
I started laughing when I saw them and one of the deputies said "This is no laughing matter, Lady" My reply "Actually it is. This is TRS Hib. and quite legal, but if you will follow me..." Led them back over to the neighbor's yard all the way to the back by the overflow canal and showed them the two happy little plants growing freely on the edge of the canal..."This on the other hand, is not legal. I will be happy to give a TRS hib so you can take these and it for comparison training." They were very redfaced as you could see the two little plants from the side street they drove in on...grin
Believe it or not, they have some in the local liquor store. Packaged with a can of Mountain Dew. The guy at the counter said it wasn't the "good" stuff (he was going by alcohol %).
Now see, Polly - I'm about an hour and 1/2 outside of Nashville and I'm starting to wish I was a little further in. We have a medium sized town 30-40 minutes away, but when it takes that long to get to a place that doesn't have everything you need, well ...