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

January 4, 2010
11:36 PM

Post #7428241

At the request of Happy we will continue celebrating our gardens.


Acadian Miss, a Louisiana iris.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 4, 2010
11:39 PM

Post #7428257

Arlene

That is stunning! I just love the coloring..

stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2010
11:42 PM

Post #7428274

LOL, Pirl. That's a whole nother field of plants to study, or obsess over. What a beauty! How many years from plant to bloom? Is it in part shade?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 5, 2010
1:35 AM

Post #7428746

Thanks, ladies. It came from a trade in 2008. It bloomed in 2009. The time on it was 4:38 PM and there is shade behind it from a hill of sod (now topped with asters) that was removed 18 years ago when we made the vegetable garden.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2010
1:45 AM

Post #7428798

LOL! Thanks!
willowwind
Moundridge, KS
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2010
2:42 AM

Post #7429005

How absolutely beautiful. It does look like an Acadian Miss with very ruffled, frilly petticoats.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2010
11:13 AM

Post #7429738

My favorite spot for today

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2010
11:52 AM

Post #7429777

Jo Ann

It is beautiful. It looks so serene. Dont' you just love heuchera and tiarellas?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2010
11:56 AM

Post #7429781

That was not in the plan but I also love happy accidents.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2010
1:51 PM

Post #7430007

LOL ge, I have a very similar combo. The Bronze Heuchera, Beacon Silver Lamium, Tiarella and a Dwarf Goat's Beard.
Here is one of my fav's Just love how this tall purple columbine pops up in front of the pink azalea.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2010
1:56 PM

Post #7430028

I must have planted 2dozen columbines last year.
More Black Barlow
Clementine Purple
Clementine Blue
Clementine red
Lime Sorbet'
Mix of some sort from Bluestone. each of these catagories had at least 3 plants each.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 5, 2010
2:29 PM

Post #7430103

Beautiful, ge.

Holly - that's great. It's such fun when plants surprise us, isn't it?

We loved the columbine mixed with the iris but it just became too dense here. There really are paths going through the area but the paths had wood chips, which were a guarantee the columbines would seed more so we did over the area.

There is also creeping phlox, daylilies, lily of the valley, coreopsis and more in the photo.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2010
2:30 PM

Post #7430106

Very nice Pirl
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 5, 2010
2:44 PM

Post #7430144

Thanks, Jo Ann. It's just a memory now but each plant did get a new home in our gardens.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2010
3:15 PM

Post #7430247

I have a busy spring comming up.
Sooooo many never tried befor activities.
Lilies in pots in the garage(it must be 20*) in there.
Hundreds of DL's with noid's except many notes and pictures.All planted in 3 gardens.Hope every one blooms,I'll be obcessing about that until July.
Direct sowed Poppies,Lychenes and Larkspur ,I'll be haunting those spots to see if they germinated.
160 LIly bulbs to keep sprayed.
It will be a busy year, hope I am alive by then, its so cold in the house at night.
We turn the furnace down, I measured the temp last night .
It was 52* in my bedroom. 2 comforters,fleece PJ's and a cat. I was plenty warm.

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


January 5, 2010
4:13 PM

Post #7430458

Wow pirl that Acadian Miss iris is a stunner!
(Is it Acadian or Arcadian? My spellchecker flagged it.)

Just adding a fun bloom, taken at San Francisco Botanical Gardens in Nov.

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

January 5, 2010
5:19 PM

Post #7430747

You are such a terrific photographer, Sue! That's a beauty.

It really is Acadian Miss. It's shown about halfway down here:
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.zydecoirises.com/Debaillon/acadian_miss.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.zydecoirises.com/Debaillon/Debaillon.htm&usg=__2XBlRQM4MmO3L4VUoks8FbhbqwQ=&h=160&w=169&sz=32&hl=en&start=8&tbnid=KkGS9S45qhw9kM:&tbnh=94&tbnw=99&prev=/images?q=louisiana+iris+ACADIAN+MISS&gbv=2&hl=en&sa=G

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2010
6:20 PM

Post #7430952

Just checked that website.
I think I'm in love.

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


January 5, 2010
6:21 PM

Post #7430955

Oh nice, I think Acadian Miss is the prettiest one on that page although I like Cajun Sunrise too. You can tell what colors appeal to me.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2010
6:36 PM

Post #7431013

Sue, I'm with you on the Acadian Sunrise. I also loved Voodoo Magic!

This message was edited Jan 5, 2010 1:58 PM
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2010
6:55 PM

Post #7431071

GE, You were speaking of wanting some shorter lilies. This tiny little Oriental was planted last fall and is around 10" tall. It is called Saltarello.

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2010
7:02 PM

Post #7431093

GE, your Heucherea/ Tiarella combo is very nice. Is that Peach Flambe or Peach Melba?

This is one of my favorite Heuchera/ Tiarella combos.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2010
7:17 PM

Post #7431140

Its PeachMelba
The Lily is cute.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 5, 2010
7:44 PM

Post #7431213

Cajun Sunrise coming up, Sue.

Sweet lily, stormy. Who does the great edging around the heuchera bed? It's grand. I like how they go together, too.

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2010
8:04 PM

Post #7431294

Thanks, Ge. I'm glad that tiny lily is upfacing! Although another one of them seems to have outfacing blooms.

Holly, when you posted that photo of that beautiful Columbine in MA this spring, you sent me on a quest to buy some Blue Columbine. I ended up getting "Colorado Blue".

Pirl, Your Columbine collection is beautiful and looks very good with those Iris.

This was one of my favorites of the newer Columbines that bloomed for me this year. It is Songbird Cardinal.

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

January 5, 2010
8:07 PM

Post #7431305

Thanks.

Love the colors on that Columbine!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2010
8:23 PM

Post #7431346

Thanks, Pirl. That Iris is very beautiful. I love Iris in those warm colors.

I had a friend help me with that edging. It was a project long in the making. It took 3 years for me to dig all of those rocks out of the beds. The edging is a line over 700' long. It goes down one whole side, across the back and a third of the way up the second side of the property. There's weed barrier under it and they are secured in about 6 inches of Quickrete. It finally got finished last fall and surprisingly, there was very little heaving after the winter. There is one small section on one of the ends, that I have still not been able to completely eliminate the grass and Creeping Charlie. I gave it another good attempt this past fall, so we will see how it is this spring.

This side is the problem area for the Creeping Charlie and around the corner in front of that Apple Tree, I had to remove 15' of Sedum that had grass growing up through it. It was a shame, it was a nice red Sedum that stayed ever red.

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

January 5, 2010
10:11 PM

Post #7431787

That is one gorgeous and glorious springtime photo! The edging boggles my mind - such dedication! It's truly lovely and you should sit back and stare at the photo to view a 700' accomplishment.

Do you recall the name of the sedum, just in case I have it?

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


January 5, 2010
10:21 PM

Post #7431840

Cajun Sunrise is a stunner too! Yum!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2010
10:30 PM

Post #7431888

Thank you, Pirl. It is amazing how much better it looks with those rocks for edging. That's one job I'm glad is behind me. Thank you, but I don't recall the name of the Sedum and have already replaced it with other plants.

Edging is a very difficult thing to accomplish. I edged my beds around the house and the trees in front of the house and along the sidewalk with professional quality, expensive steel edging. I don't think it looks as nice as the rocks. I've had some Creeping Charlie go over or under it and it had a lot of winter heaving.

Here's the steel edging with a 6" rubber mulch mowing strip. To me, it always looks messy. The rocks look better.

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

January 5, 2010
10:43 PM

Post #7431971

Thanks, Sue.

Although it was expensive I feel as you do and prefer your stone edging. Thanks for saving me from the steel edging, which was what I was about to do this spring.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2010
11:09 PM

Post #7432074

My pleasure, Pirl. LOL
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 6, 2010
12:30 AM

Post #7432374

Such pretty pictures.

I like the Cajun Sunrise too.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 6, 2010
12:42 AM

Post #7432438

Stormy, I just love that shot. You amaze me. Holly
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 6, 2010
3:54 AM

Post #7433248

LOL, Holly I amaze myself at how much my body aches these days after a day of gardening. I'm definitely with you on wanting a 30 yr old body again. Heck, I'd even take 40.

This is my favorite sunset type colored Iris. I have to find the name for it as someone has asked me for some of it to make crosses with. It is a rebloomer and is very floriferous.

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Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


January 6, 2010
5:17 AM

Post #7433530

Oh, that is very purdy!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 6, 2010
6:00 AM

Post #7433627

I thought you would like that, Sue. This "Speaking Freely" is another one of my favorites in the sunny colors.

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Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


January 6, 2010
6:12 AM

Post #7433651

Oh yes, love it, sunshiny warm colors, that's my thing!
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 6, 2010
7:32 PM

Post #7435409

Oh my - the nameless one is fabulous.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 6, 2010
7:51 PM

Post #7435452

WOW that is beautiful Stormy. I expect to get more iris when we get more of the backyard work done.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 6, 2010
8:03 PM

Post #7435485

They're both so beautiful, stormy.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 6, 2010
8:19 PM

Post #7435551

Thanks, everyone. Holly, I'm still planning on giving you some of that purple one you liked so much. Two years ago there was an Iris Co-op with leftover Iris from the PNW Iris Growers Assn. Half of the Iris that I bought from there turned out not to be what I ordered, so now I have about 8 or 10 NOID's. All but one turned out to be very beautiful, so I like them just as much as if I knew their names.

Holly, I think this is the one you wanted.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 7, 2010
12:21 AM

Post #7436345

Mary

I really like the frilly iris that reblooms. Just love those colors!

I was in an iris co-op and got quite a few iris that I did not order - I wonder if it was the same co op. Anyway, I was still very happy with what I did receive. This one was not one I ordered, but I really like it. I think, it is TBI Buckwheat - not positive.

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 7, 2010
1:19 AM

Post #7436487

Carolyn, Buckweat is pretty. Did that blue & yellow one on the left come from that co-op? I got some like those from the co-op but I'm pretty sure that they were ones I did order, Edith Wolford, I believe.

Here's another mystery Iris from that co-op. I have come to love this one.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 7, 2010
1:49 AM

Post #7436575

Mary

It is Edith Wolford, but I did not buy it at the co op. I put that one in 3-4 years ago because it is close to an iris my husband says he loves, called Lighthouse that I have not been able to find...truth be told, I believe I bought it at Walmart...

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

January 7, 2010
2:35 AM

Post #7436724

So many people complain so much about Walmart but I have some beautiful (although ordinary) clematises and other plants from there. If we have something we love and enjoy then it hardly matters where we bought it.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 7, 2010
2:39 AM

Post #7436736

Carolyn, The colors on your Edith Wolford are beautiful. There are great finds to be had everywhere.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 7, 2010
3:15 AM

Post #7436852

Arlene

I have picked up a few clematis at Walmart as well. This one is Comtesse de Bouchard. The lighting in this picture isn't very good, but she is a nice pink color.

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

January 7, 2010
3:35 AM

Post #7436901

I've purchased quite a few there. I grow them, wonder what to do with them and then give them to my daughter. It all works out just fine. I did keep two of the H. F. Young that I bought and sent another one to a friend.

The Comtesse is lovely! It's so filled with flowers.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 7, 2010
10:38 AM

Post #7437466

I am ordering Clems from Brushwoods.
The Walmart here is an hour away.We have lots of nurseries and garden stores closeby but when I want a special color I go to the net.

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

January 7, 2010
1:42 PM

Post #7437701

Stunning combination! Will you plant them all together? It would be a beautiful sight.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 7, 2010
2:19 PM

Post #7437799

These will be tree climbers behind Black Dragon Lilies and an Actaea rosea
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 7, 2010
3:35 PM

Post #7438058

That should look fantastic.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 7, 2010
5:55 PM

Post #7438620

Keep your fingers crossed.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2010
1:04 AM

Post #7439964

Jo Ann

Brushwood is a great company for clems. So are Klems Song Sparrow and my favorite is Joy Creek Nursery.

This one, however, I bought on the $4 rack at Lowes - probably about 5 years ago or so... This is Clematis Madame Julia Correvan.

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2010
2:03 AM

Post #7440117

Carolyn, You have a really nice collection of Clematis.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2010
3:11 AM

Post #7440354

Mary

When I stopped putting in clematis and started putting in heuchera, DH told me he was glad that I had finally stopped with the clems and had gone on to something else...I have found that I go in phases as to the type of plant that I tend to be 'fascinated with' at a given time. Before the clems, it was the aquigelia, now it is the heuchera/tiarellas...who knows what is next :-)

This is Heuchera Hollywood - I really like the bright red flowers on this one...

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2010
3:27 AM

Post #7440425

Carolyn, I do the same thing. Hate to be a party pooper, but that lovely plant is not Hollywood.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/88965/

The front row of smaller Heuch's with the silver overlay in this grouping is Hollywood.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2010
10:48 AM

Post #7440949

Mary,

Ooooops! That is how the nursery that sold it to me had it labelled! And I have traded this one quite a bit... any clues as to what it really is?

I really like your tiarellas. I received quite a few in a trade last year - cannot wait to see them flowering...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2010
10:52 AM

Post #7440950

They are Daniel DeRonda,MultiBlue and White Henrii
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2010
1:59 PM

Post #7441216

Carolyn, I'm not familiar with that leaf. You might post it in the Heuch forum and ask. It is embarassing to make a mistake on plants you've traded, but I don't think folks would mind much. They'd rather know what it is too.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 8, 2010
2:29 PM

Post #7441338

I have one that's remarkably similar to Carolyn's but it didn't come with a name from the DG person who so kindly sent it. I thought of it as just another green heuchera until this spray of blooms arrived that is noticeable from 30' away. It's amusing that in a garden filled with lilies/roses/phlox/daylilies, etc., that my daughter asked which one that heuchera was. Mine positively glows. I love it.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2010
2:43 PM

Post #7441409

Arlene

This heuchera is noticeable from 30' away as you have said. I love the vibrant crimson of the flowers... and the hummingbirds seem to be attracted to it as well...
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 8, 2010
4:43 PM

Post #7441959

Either we're short on hummingbirds or I don't notice them but that plant is like a neon light in the garden and for something so small that says a lot.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 9, 2010
5:39 PM

Post #7445783

It is so cold today...I thought if I went through some of my pictures that were taken in July, it might make me feel warmer!

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 9, 2010
5:59 PM

Post #7445841

Heuchera are amazing plants. This is the first one I ever bought. It has a nondescript plain green leaf. The pot was labeled "Coral Bells". It blooms it's heart out from June to Sept.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 10, 2010
12:56 AM

Post #7447154

Mary

what is the heuchera to the left? The peachy-orangey one. I like the coloring.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 10, 2010
1:14 AM

Post #7447212

Carolyn, It's Caramel or Carmel. I've seen it spelled both ways.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2010
5:09 PM

Post #7473096

Here is another type of garden picture. I am planning an expansion of the WoodsWalk garden and braved fog to put in stakes where I want the outer edge to be.
I will put newspaper down where you see the grass and then top it with a few inches of compost. I am hoping my local garden store has some bagged thats not too frozen.

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 18, 2010
6:05 PM

Post #7473299

Ge,That's going to look really nice after it's planted.

This message was edited Jan 18, 2010 1:06 PM

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2010
6:36 PM

Post #7473406

I will put coleus in there.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 18, 2010
6:47 PM

Post #7473443

That will be nice.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 19, 2010
2:13 AM

Post #7474786

Coleus will look really nice there, Jo Ann. I think coleus and conifers look so well together. Bet you've got a huge list for Rosy Dawn.

Love the stones.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 19, 2010
9:50 AM

Post #7475476

My RD list isnt as long as it was last year .Less than half the number of plants but about 15 diff.varieties.
Many new ones .I have a lot of cuttings in the livingroom overwintering. I will put some in the new extention. There are perennials that have to be transplanted to that area.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 26, 2010
10:38 AM

Post #7497887

Cant wait to see this again
Black Barlow

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 26, 2010
10:44 AM

Post #7497892

Jo Ann

Black Barlow is so pretty.

A couple of months and we will all be back outside poking around in the dirt.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 26, 2010
10:47 AM

Post #7497897

Now that Feb is almost here Winter is shorter.
I cant wait o hear the Cardinal's mating calls,they're always a good sign.
I found this collage.
Venus Poppies annuals From OneStop Poppy Shoppe.

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

January 26, 2010
2:08 PM

Post #7498217

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." ~Hal Borland
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 27, 2010
12:02 AM

Post #7500217

Very pretty, I will be getting my pictures back this week. They were downloaded into another hard-drive while my computer was being worked on and I haven't gotten them back yet. I will be so nice to have pictures of my garden again. I will post some as soon as I can.
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 27, 2010
12:11 AM

Post #7500255

Pirl, is he a respected source???
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 27, 2010
12:38 AM

Post #7500351

GE, Those poppies are lovely. I really like your trellises too.
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 27, 2010
12:40 AM

Post #7500360

LOL - I was going to say the same thing about the trellises!

And with me, the poppies are always wonderful.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 27, 2010
12:41 AM

Post #7500367

Thanks gals. The trellises are from Smith Hawkin I think.
I sure hope to see some clematise on them next season.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 27, 2010
1:23 AM

Post #7500484

I love ge's trellises, too, as I've told her quite often.

Here's a short bio on Hal Borland:
http://www.wdc2155.k12.mn.us/thensch/webpages/Webquests/WhentheLegendsDie/legends_biography.html
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 27, 2010
1:36 AM

Post #7500524

Okay, well... then I guess I have to accept that "no spring skips its turn", then. I was starting to doubt it ... we had our reaaalllly cold streak and then it was warm, in the 60's, but now it's snowing again.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 27, 2010
1:44 AM

Post #7500547

Just some flurries here today, but then it turned cold tonight. We had pouring rain and gale force winds all day yesterday. Lots of downed branches to be picked up again. All of my bulbs are above ground. I can't believe that for it being January.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 27, 2010
1:51 AM

Post #7500573

We're still under three feet of snow.

Beautiful poppies, and lilies, collage queen.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 27, 2010
2:02 AM

Post #7500592

We also had the heavy rains yesterday but today was sunny and beautiful with temperatures in the low 40's.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 27, 2010
2:10 AM

Post #7500618

Crazy weather, highs of 61 yesterday, 41 today. Cold and snow coming on Friday.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 27, 2010
2:12 AM

Post #7500625

We have warnings of zero degrees early on Friday and Sunday. I find even an hour a day of gardening in the winter benefits me in so many ways and by spring I can look around and see many of my gardens cleaned and getting ready to bloom.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 27, 2010
9:44 AM

Post #7501285

In case I didnt mention it on this forum.I checked the long range forcast for the north east on Famers Almanac.
Its still winter with stormes to come in Feb .
http://www.farmersalmanac.com/weather/USA-Northeastern-weather


Sorry Polly ,looks bad for you and me.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 27, 2010
1:05 PM

Post #7501507

After seeing that forecast you can bet I'll be working outside today!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 28, 2010
1:16 PM

Post #7504717

Stormyla...just wanted to wish you a happy Birthday. Hope you have a lovely day. Jean/Moon
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 28, 2010
5:33 PM

Post #7505504

Thank you, Jean. That's awfully sweet of you.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 28, 2010
10:55 PM

Post #7506406

Mary

Happy Birthday!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 28, 2010
11:00 PM

Post #7506418

Thanks, Carolyn! Just made it back from the PO sending out your seeds. Yes, of course, I am late. Did you get snow last night? The Poconos got it. I always want snow for my birthday. So this weekend would be OK too.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 28, 2010
11:07 PM

Post #7506451

Mary - Thank you so much! Yes, we are getting snow now... Looks like a blustery weekend ahead, so you may get your wish!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 28, 2010
11:11 PM

Post #7506470

Happy birthday!

It's snowing and the wind is howling after a sunny day, which followed the snow this morning, which was gone by 3 PM. Seems like the usual spring confusion in the weather.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 28, 2010
11:15 PM

Post #7506493

Thanks, Pirl. But it's not even Spring!! Did the snow blow away? It's fiercely windy here now and quite cold.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 28, 2010
11:19 PM

Post #7506516

The snow has now changed to rain but with lower temperatures tonight I won't be surprised to view a winter wonderland in the morning.

The winds are amazingly loud.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 28, 2010
11:27 PM

Post #7506548

I have seen beach towns under snow, but never ice. It would be neat to see.
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 28, 2010
11:36 PM

Post #7506584

Mary, your namesake is doing a Happy Birfday jump!

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 28, 2010
11:40 PM

Post #7506598

Go Stormy!!! LOL, Please give her a carrot from me, Sheryl.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 29, 2010
12:52 AM

Post #7506818

Awwww, how cute Stormy the colt is. My daughter has a cat named Stormy.

Happy birthday to you on this forum too!
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 29, 2010
1:27 AM

Post #7506954

I promise.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 29, 2010
1:37 AM

Post #7506995

Gee, I'm in great company!
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 29, 2010
6:41 AM

Post #7507813

Happy Birthday, Mary!! Hope you had a good one and got spoiled a little.

Kathy
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 29, 2010
6:51 AM

Post #7507821

Thanks, Katie! I will today and this weekend!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 29, 2010
10:20 AM

Post #7507950

I take photos from this angle all season.

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

January 29, 2010
1:50 PM

Post #7508238

That's lovely Jo Ann - it reminds me of a painting.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 29, 2010
1:57 PM

Post #7508262

Very pretty, GE. Are the green spires Foxglove?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 29, 2010
2:44 PM

Post #7508440

Stormy No foxgloves.
I couldnt figure out what they were until I saw the month before.They are bloom-less Lilies Music Art


Like this

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 29, 2010
2:48 PM

Post #7508452

Well they make very nice vertical accents in that first photograph.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 29, 2010
3:14 PM

Post #7508566

i agree.They are so far in the background I didnt notice them until I posted the picture in the files.
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 29, 2010
3:38 PM

Post #7508679

*Every* day you all introduce me to something new...!
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 29, 2010
10:29 PM

Post #7509917

stormyla just had a BD, now its pollyk's day. Congratulations all around.

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 29, 2010
11:35 PM

Post #7510087

Thank you Jack!

What are those little beauties?

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 30, 2010
12:09 AM

Post #7510183

Cool moths. That is a great picture, Jmorth.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2010
12:27 AM

Post #7510244

What a teriffic picture.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 30, 2010
12:29 AM

Post #7510253

And a happy Birthday to you also PollyK. Hope it was a lovely day.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 30, 2010
12:37 AM

Post #7510284

Hummingbird moth, of the sphinx moth family. They come out at dusk to sip nectar.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 30, 2010
12:52 AM

Post #7510352

Polly - Happy Birthday!
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2010
1:45 AM

Post #7510568

Thanks so much Carolyn.

IWe have a lot of the hummingbird moths here Jack, but I've never seen them up close like that. They are beautiful Aren't they tomato hornworms when caterpillars?
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 30, 2010
4:32 AM

Post #7511001

Wow - what a moth picture!! That's awesome.

Happy birthday, Pollyk!
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 30, 2010
5:08 AM

Post #7511077

Happy Birfday, PollyK! And many, many more.

Raina is singing "Happy Birfday, to yooooouuuu..."

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2010
10:02 AM

Post #7511315

Thanks for the moth id .
I see them often when the torch lilies are blooming.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2010
11:05 AM

Post #7511349

I like this part of the border garden.

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

January 30, 2010
12:52 PM

Post #7511462

I can see why. It looks like a painting!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2010
12:56 PM

Post #7511465

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

January 30, 2010
1:18 PM

Post #7511505

Hi, Jo Ann. It's zero degrees if the wind chill factor is right. Good day to work on photos of flowers.

It's definitely time to dream of spring and summer.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2010
1:29 PM

Post #7511523

totally serene
DD&GD are making summer plans to go to Germany and Poland.
Its her graduation present from HS last summer.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 30, 2010
1:41 PM

Post #7511553

pirl, love your garden. That is what I want to do here. I'm saving you picture to refer to as I work. OK?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 30, 2010
1:52 PM

Post #7511576

Thanks, Jo Ann. Sounds like a great trip. Bavaria is on my eternal list.

Sure, Marti. Try your best to avoid rigid soldier straight lines of plants, like some nurseries have. They may be forced to do it to maintain order but it certainly doesn't make a garden. Try for long soft curves and half the battle is won. It's much easier to mow the grass along long curves than squared off beds.

Straight lines can't be avoided with gardens at the side of driveways or walks but you can trick the eye with swirls of color.

Here's a photo taken at Eartheart Gardens, a Japanese iris and Siberian iris "nursery", that does not have those awful soldier straight lines of plants. It was heaven on earth to visit.

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marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 30, 2010
2:02 PM

Post #7511597

Thats kind of what I'm planning on doing. I hate long straight lines. We have a riding mower so I thought I'd ride it around in the spring and that will give me my edges cause I can see how much room the mower needs to make the curves. Than I can lay in my raised beds along those curves. In the veggie garden I'll have to watch how I do them, esp for the grapes, and blackberries, but think I've got that figured out.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2010
2:27 PM

Post #7511641

Thank you for the birthday wishes Katie and Sheryl!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 30, 2010
2:33 PM

Post #7511665

Marti - Vegetable gardens are usually straight, as is ours. But you can add beds around the garden. I'll be rounding those corners (one of which is shown here) this spring though mowing has been given away forever as a permanent gift to my husband.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2010
3:03 PM

Post #7511746

beautiful pirl
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 30, 2010
3:13 PM

Post #7511774

All the pictures are beautiful - gave my morning quite a lift!
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 30, 2010
3:43 PM

Post #7511883

pirl, how much land have you got? My lot is 75 feet wide and 192 feet deep with a single wide trailer on it. I wish the trailer was situated a different way, but the property sits North/South and so does the trailer. I have morning sun on the east side of the trailer and on the west side is were I will put the shade garden as 3 maple trees keep it shaded thoughout the day.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 30, 2010
4:01 PM

Post #7511930

Less than an acre, Marti, but a lot more gardens than people with a lot more acres. So many plants do well with an eastern exposure and the hosta will thrive in your dappled shade from the maples. We love our hosta but detest the slugs and earwigs so we do use Ortho's Slug Geta Plus to try and eliminate them.

Thanks, Pagancat.

I really love this daylily, one of my hybrids, and the way the yarrow matches it. It's one of many I look forward to seeing all winter long.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2010
5:40 PM

Post #7512220

I need Yarrows. those are great Pirl
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 30, 2010
6:00 PM

Post #7512289

I love yarrows. Jack grew a 4' x 4' square of them one year, in a spot between two paths, and it was filled with color. After bloom I cut each stem down to the ground and they continue to bloom until December.

The alternate method is to just remove the spent head and hope the stem produces more flowers and it usually does.

I like the way it's an accent to other flowers and not major competition.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 31, 2010
3:01 AM

Post #7514051

Pirl, that is a beautiful garden to look forward to next spring. We are in the 60s and trees are starting to bud out.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2010
11:33 AM

Post #7514597

great pix everyone,
this was last May18.I'm hoping for a fuller patch this year.

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

January 31, 2010
12:57 PM

Post #7514705

Thanks, Sharon.

ge - I'll bet with all of your purchases over winter it will be a much fuller path in 2010.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2010
1:13 PM

Post #7514738

It changed a lot last year with an infusion of astilbes and DL's.
I added Veronica Royal Candles and more JI's
I removed the planters on the right and planted short DL's there
This is a July picture

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

January 31, 2010
1:14 PM

Post #7514740

It will be wonderful this year and you can use the pots for your other arrangements.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 31, 2010
1:15 PM

Post #7514743

Beautiful gardens. I remember seeing a landscaping show years ago that had big squared off walls made from RRties. There were steps and the whole thing had different levels going up the hill with the steps. Big massive and straight lines. They planted it with mass plantings in circular designs with a curve of plants contiuning down and up the different levels even picking back up on the other side of the stairway. Made a huge difference in the look.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 31, 2010
1:18 PM

Post #7514747

Someone (might have been you ge) posted pics of the Veronica Royal Candles last year and I just fell in love with them.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2010
1:23 PM

Post #7514760

Might have been mine

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 31, 2010
1:24 PM

Post #7514766

In the picture they had white tips, do you have one like that?
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

January 31, 2010
1:28 PM

Post #7514778

ge1836, Lovely photo. What is the very pretty soft looking pale lavender flower in front.

I can maybe just walk around in my garden finally. The snow is mostly gone except where piled and in the shade.

Donna

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2010
1:42 PM

Post #7514801

The white tips was a photo phenomina,early morning sun.
The fluffy plant in front is an Astilbe Sister Theresa.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 31, 2010
1:55 PM

Post #7514826

Gorgeous photos Jo Ann - I love the tiarellas and the veronicas...
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 31, 2010
2:03 PM

Post #7514842

Spiky plants go so well with lilies and daylilies.

I love the Tiarellas, too, Carolyn. The colors on the leaves is just so intense.
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 31, 2010
7:58 PM

Post #7515933

I killed some Tiarellas once... or was it Heucarellas (sp)?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2010
8:16 PM

Post #7515993

My neighbor says they dont stay around for long.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 31, 2010
9:57 PM

Post #7516318

Here the tiarellas are better survivors than the heucherellas but that may have been partly due to the fact that I bought plugs on a co-op.
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

February 1, 2010
12:42 AM

Post #7516809

*That's* how you spell it, thanks!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 1, 2010
10:23 AM

Post #7517888

Good to garden. This is what I want to see ALAS the pic was taken May8
Thats my cat Jerry
This is DD's garden not mine.

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Indygardengal
Brownstown, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2010
1:55 AM

Post #7520479

I finally got my last year pictures on the computer. Some good some not so good. Anyway I chose this one as my desktop and thought I would share it. I've been enjoying lurking and looking at all of yours.
Veronica

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 2, 2010
2:00 AM

Post #7520499

That's a great photo Jmorth, and makes a wonderful gift for Polly's birthday.

Indygardengal, I can see why you would want that photo as your wall paper. It's very lovely.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2010
9:56 AM

Post #7521515

Its Groundhog day everybody
Happy Groundhog Day

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Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

February 2, 2010
5:38 PM

Post #7522587

It's totally foggy here - no shadow - that's good, right?
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

February 3, 2010
3:17 AM

Post #7524342

The sun is shining here in Las Vegas with no shadows. Winter is over. We are in the 60s. Cheap flights and cheap hotel rooms. Why are you still where you are? You just have to wait until the Super Bowl is over because every maniac is in town for the Super Bowl. Maybe on your trip you could come and help me clean out my garage for the 4th time since November, I know I am not in denial. I have a good excuse. Actually, my lung infection appears to be getting better, not well, but
better. So I can now garden as long as I do not start having problem breathing. Can you believe this. Have not smoked, no mining, no what ever but all of a sudden I have problems with my lungs healing since April 2009. Maybe it was the marijuana?????LOL. Never tried it. You must realize that at the time I was as Senior in High School Mr. Linkledder's daughter decided to try LSD and decided she could fly off a balcony from the top of a very tall building. Probably at least 16 floors. She found out she could not fly and I GOT THE MESSAGE REAL QUICK...
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

February 3, 2010
3:34 AM

Post #7524390

Rub it in Sharon!!! We hit 43 for about 2 hours and than the temps took a nose dive again. AND we are getting snow again this weekend. Yuck!!!
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

February 3, 2010
3:58 AM

Post #7524469

We've had an unusually warm January (highs in the low 50s) - we actually set a record for high average temperatures. February is supposed to be dryer AND warmer than usual (usual it's the cloud cover that keeps us warm, so dry and warm is unusual). Everything here is blooming - my clematis are budding, the hellebores are in full bloom, hydrangeas are budding.

Of course, we'll probably pay for this with no snow pack in the mountains and no water this summer, but for now it's pretty nice. Y'all are welcome to come visit while you wait for warmer temperatures.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

February 3, 2010
3:59 AM

Post #7524474

Well the flight to Las Vegas is cheap and you know I have two extra bedrooms. One with twin beds and one with a queen size bed. Come on down. You can see Las Vegas and help me learn cuttings and garden. We have hired a limo because could not find our way through the parking lot or home. We are going to see the Jersey Boys. It is his birthday and our 36th anniversary. I will probably be gone from here for a couple of days because have a lot of work in the garden garage to get organized and everything in order for spring. love you all. Mother Winter...
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

February 3, 2010
4:04 AM

Post #7524483

Have fun. That's a great way to celebrate.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
9:42 AM

Post #7524923

Still cold here too. This is a May pic
I just know I'll see it soon

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
2:39 PM

Post #7525398

Look at that allium, you stinker. What is the cute little statue?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
2:44 PM

Post #7525418

Thanks Polly
Thats allium Karavatens and the statue is a sculpture I did for a competition at the Schweinfirth Gallery in Auburn. Its a spirit house and I had my mothers ashes under it at the old house. She is still there, the new owners didnt deserve my sculptures so I took it wit me.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
2:50 PM

Post #7525436

I really like it. Boo on the alliums though, I can't grow them, but I love it.

I'm going to start putting some more ornamentation in the garden, I think some fairy things that Jenna will like. A friend who recently died built me a fairy dance hall last year. It's about 3 foot tall, open with pillars.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
2:56 PM

Post #7525453

OHHHH Polly that sounds wonderful
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
3:10 PM

Post #7525491

It does sound like fun, even for me. Now I'll have some time to look at fairy stuff on the internet, now I'm not on a lily buying blow out, and before the orders start coming for the irises.

If anyone knows of a good site for fairy accoutrements, I'd be interested. .

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
3:19 PM

Post #7525518

I like everyones ideas about what they like in their gardens.My taste is a bit far off center,but its mine.
I have a new addition to the sparkly spike of a few weeks ago. After I put it on the spike ,at risk of life and limb( its on a hill and the ground is frozen and very uneven)
I stood back for the pictur and realized it was too big. I will re work the idea with a sproingie bunch or purple pteales coming out of the top much like a Monarda.
This is the Sparklie garden Spike part 2 but not the last.

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
3:22 PM

Post #7525526

It's definitely different. And love it. Heaven forbid we should all be the same.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
3:32 PM

Post #7525548

Here's what my new fairy garden is going to look like. Uh huh.

http://www.pondgnome.com/images/Healing Gardens/Fairy_Garden.jpg

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
3:34 PM

Post #7525555

go for it
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
3:35 PM

Post #7525561

Right after I get a bunch more trees, and a cottage, I will. Ranch style won't do.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
3:39 PM

Post #7525571

just add one of those cute thatches roofs.there must be a kit somewhere/
LOL
Check out the Tomas Kinkaide accessories for your home.Bet they make those roofs.TEE HEE.
Every now and then I have an idea that makes other people millions.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
3:41 PM

Post #7525574

Maybe I could do a sedum roof! That would be fun. It's a pretty good sized roof though. Probably 3 X 6. It's a fairy dance hall after all. Lots of fairies will be coming.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
3:43 PM

Post #7525583

Which variety sedum?
Big leaves I hope
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

February 3, 2010
4:13 PM

Post #7525680

Shoot, all my favorite fairies are much too big for a 3' roof... >grin< ... but they love to dance!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 3, 2010
5:38 PM

Post #7525940

GE, Love your sparkly. Your garden should contain whatever makes you happy.

Polly, Your fairy dance hall sounds wonderful and I think a sedum or semp roof would be just the thing! There's probably some info in the fairy gardening forum about sources. But wouldn't doll house items work too?
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
9:26 PM

Post #7526610

I meant semp roof. I've get semp, sedum, and those heufi things on the brain.

Sure doll furniture would be fine. I was just thinking about some outside things, but I'll check the doll furnitue once I decide the size of my fairies. Thanks.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 3, 2010
10:37 PM

Post #7526826

RCN had made the cutest paths meant to look like slate walks from the door of her frog house. She made them out of flat river stones. Maybe I can find her photos.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2010
11:05 PM

Post #7526905

Thanks, I would love to see them.
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 4, 2010
10:15 AM

Post #7528178

I've been so busy with my inside projects the past few months I haven't been checking the forums regularly but Stormy sent me Dmail to ask for my photos. Thank you, this is a wonderful thread and I love seeing all the beautiful photos! My head's been filled with remodeling and it's time to jump forward and start thinking about spring :)

Polly, your fairy garden sounds like a neat project! When I started working on this area last spring, I found this old stump and thought about creating a fairy garden but I had a few frogs that needed placement in the garden so I changed the "theme". We have tons of rocks that we've collected over the years and I borrowed a few of the flat rocks from another area in the gardens where they weren't serving any real purpose. They're now providing a path into the "frog house" :)

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 4, 2010
10:21 AM

Post #7528182

It's a little hard to see but there's a frog with a dragonfly that "swings" above the stump. Well...that is, "used" to swing :( When DH was pruning the trees overhead last summer the stump got knocked over and there's a small piece missing from the stake that makes the rocking motion of the frog and dragonfly. I'm hoping that I can rig something up this spring to at least keep them on the stake but probably no 'rockin and rollin' for this frog! LOL

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 4, 2010
10:36 AM

Post #7528194

Is that a narueral piece of driftwood?
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 4, 2010
11:00 AM

Post #7528227

LOL, the "driftwood" is an old stump I found on the side of the road when I was walking the dog last spring - I thought it was unique and it quickly "drifted" into my gardens :) I don't have an opportunity often to find "real" driftwood but I'm always on the lookout for old logs or branches in the woods which might be decorative in the gardens. When I lived in Maine we found this small pond in the northern part of the State where the whole shore was lined with "driftwood", probably from the logging which had been done in the area years before - it was incredible! I dragged a few pieces home with me but there just wasn't enough room in the van. Of course, if we could have left our three children behind we would have had more than enough room LOL

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 4, 2010
11:14 AM

Post #7528240

That was a lucky find. I love the natueral ones as opposed to the cast fiber ones that just dont make it in the believable catagory for me.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 4, 2010
3:21 PM

Post #7528769

rcn, thank you for coming over. I love it! I do see the hanging frog.

The rocks look wonderful. We live close to the shores of Lake Ontario, and have lovely rocks, although not much driftwood. I'll put my granddaughter to collecting rocks for pathways. She will be so excited. And she can decorate some. Another project. Now I'm so excited about it. Thank you.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 4, 2010
8:43 PM

Post #7529876

That reminds me that now that I have my pics back I can post a few pictures from Driftwood beach on Jekyll Island over on the old Driftwood Thread.
Rcn, I know I saw that pic before but I just noticed how it looks almost like a face the hole at the bottom the mouth, then that bump in the middle the nose and the two bumps on each side the eyes and even that spot above one eye look like a bushy eyebrow. Holly
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 5, 2010
12:38 AM

Post #7530623

Holly, Art is truly what each person sees. I see the face of which you are speaking.

Thanks, RCN. Actually the request was just a ruse to get you out of your numerous house remodeling projects and back into the soon to be green. You were made for the outdoors. LOL

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 5, 2010
9:33 AM

Post #7531536

Polly maybe your grand daughter can paint fairy footsteps on the stones.
I made many trips to Chimney Bluffs for those lake stones.
In this picture the drystacked retaining wall went across the front of my house.There was a 12 inch strip in front of it that went to the sidewalk.
I filled it with pea gravel and then laid lake stones over that.
You can see just a small bit in the lower right hand corner black arrow.

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 5, 2010
10:30 AM

Post #7531559

GE, I like those neat creatures lurking in that bed.
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 5, 2010
10:31 AM

Post #7531560

Polly, you're more than welcome :) If the rocks on the shores of Lake Ontario are as pretty as those we've collected from Lake Superior, lucky you!

Stormy, you're too funny :) I promise, I'm almost back to the "outdoors"! I guess with all the snow we've had this winter it was a good year to devote some time to remodeling. We haven't seen too much "green" this winter and the snow and unusual colder than normal temperatures wrecked my plans to get much accomplished outside this year :( We'll be doing the last of our spring planting when plants arrive the last week of this month. I'm hoping to get started on the addition to the bamboo fence by the first of March and get the landscaping finished around the arbor steps before April!

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 5, 2010
10:31 AM

Post #7531561

Ditto! What are they?
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 5, 2010
10:47 AM

Post #7531573

RCN, well you should certainly be able to get some interior work done this weekend. Those are really beautiful rocks. Reminds me that I have some neat river rocks that I picked up at the top of the Ganges River in Nepal or Tibet. I carried those rocks all across Asia in a backpack. I need to find them and put them in a neat spot in the garden.

I really liked the design that you made last year for your bamboo fence. It had such a simple elegance to it. I don't think that you could improve on that very much.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 5, 2010
10:58 AM

Post #7531584

I like to make sculptures from stuff I find thats intersting in shape.
I wanted to sculpt a cone flower,I used a castoff from a woodworking shop and my SIL's organ building business provided me with the teeny lead organ pipes.
The problem occured when the pipes warmed up, they became soft.
My studio was in those windows,one day a bird landed on one of the pipes and bent it.From then on the whole thing began to droop.

This is my latest Sparkley garden Spike with Sprongie

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 5, 2010
11:31 AM

Post #7531605

How creative, love it!

LOL Stormy, I've carried rocks back from every trip we've ever made! I think it's almost comical - I bought a couple of cheap cranes to put in the gardens this spring. When they arrived, they were much nicer than I expected so I've displayed them in the "new" theme for the front entry! They looked a little bare so I placed some of our collected rocks around their feet :)

I just posted this in the Garden Art forum and thought I'd post it here as well. It was such a neat idea and I'm desperate to find these "instructions"! http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1074013/

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 5, 2010
11:35 AM

Post #7531612

Beautiful Cranes.
I have used the sand paint.It hides a lot of things like cutting errors
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 5, 2010
11:49 AM

Post #7531627

They really are nice but they're not very tall. They're just plastic but the finish makes them look like metal and heck, for the price (around $15) I couldn't pass them up!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 5, 2010
12:10 PM

Post #7531641

Its the aire they give to the space. It doesnt matter what you paid.
I just bought some solar garden spotlights for 12.00 ea. and couldnt believe they were so reasonable.We tested them in a planter on the porch to see how bright they were and they are going to look great lighting up the garden.
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

February 5, 2010
5:36 PM

Post #7532483

Ugh - my dogs consistently knock over my solar lights, very frustrating. Unfortunately, they were these cheap plastic screw-on bottoms, despite the nice copper-look tops. Hope you have better luck!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 5, 2010
5:51 PM

Post #7532537

I don't get enough sun for anything solar to work very well. I'm surrounded by shade. I had a solar powered fountain and it worked every day between 12:30 and 4pm and it was in one of my brightest spots. I did enjoy it while it worked.

The Cranes are very nice RCN. At this point, I don't add anything to the garden that isn't extremely wind resistant. I'm tired of picking everything up or running down the street looking for it after a storm.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 5, 2010
6:21 PM

Post #7532638

Pagancat I have deer that have shoved over the lily suports now that there are no plants for them to eat.Clumsy oafs
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

February 6, 2010
12:04 AM

Post #7533668

LOL - No kidding! I didn't realize they could be a problem off-season, too.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
12:11 AM

Post #7533705

that would be the really tall lily stakes that run 20 bucks ea.
Theyre leaning over so I know the bottom foot is bent.I think the deer are coming to the bird feeders.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 6, 2010
12:58 AM

Post #7533911

GE, I don't think I've ever seen any of those stakes. Do you have a photo of one?
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
3:25 AM

Post #7534339

Annie get your gun.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
10:31 AM

Post #7534794

Sure Stormy

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 6, 2010
11:59 AM

Post #7534853

I was looking for pictures of RCN's cranes but couldn't find any. When we visited her garden last fall I saw them. Must say they are really nice I would have never known they were plastic if I hadn't touched them. They looked like really good quality metal sculptures. Here is what she has done with some of her collected rocks. This was a really pretty and eye catching way to display them. She has a wide border of them along the drive by the front entrance. Between the stone driveway and the edge of the flower beds. There are some small plants tucked in here and there. I've not seen a similar type of stone border. In places you would find the larger stones bordering the bed a pretty common use but then there would be these smaller stones making the transition from the stone driveway to the larger stone. This small detail was really eye catching.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
12:05 PM

Post #7534857

Really nice interplay with sizes and shapes.
Thanks Holly and RCN
My combo for today

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
12:25 PM

Post #7534869

Menorca Lily with Pueple prince DL's OLiv Langdon,chi.firecracker,noid yellow

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
12:26 PM

Post #7534870

oops

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
2:03 PM

Post #7535026

LOL Holly, different Cranes :) The ones is the garden ARE metal! Rick gave me them to me as a Valentines gift years ago and they've moved around a lot in the gardens. I think we've finally found a good home for them - they're next to the small pond near the house.

The rock border along the driveway was Rick's idea :) It's a perfect way to display the rocks and I've continued to add a few rocks of my own and plant in the pockets created by them. The rocks always look better when they're wet and the day Holly and Ric visited we had plenty of rain :( They've seen lots of pictures posted on DG but it was so much fun having them see the gardens in person. They were real troopers as we walked around in the pouring rain :)

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
2:10 PM

Post #7535042

Totally beautiful
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
2:12 PM

Post #7535045

ge, scrumptious colors for a lousy "white" day here! Snow and more snow, probably a good day to dig out photos and start dreaming of Spring :)

Stormy, I also ordered a few other "objects" for the garden when I ordered the Cranes. They're all solar and I'm not sure if I'll have enough sun for them either but I liked them regardless of whether or not I'll see their glow at night.

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
2:20 PM

Post #7535059

I like the little green guy with the buggy eyes.
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
2:20 PM

Post #7535060

Thanks ge, it IS nice to look at spring photos on a miserable day like this!

This is the other "bird" I ordered. I specifically ordered him to sit on the fence post of my new welcome garden next to the field and I love him! I remember someone posting this site for good deals a few years back and I used my Christmas money to order a few things when they had a sale going on plus got an additional 15% off! http://www.collectionsetc.com/

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
2:24 PM

Post #7535066

LOL, me too but the picture was deceiving, the bottle is more yellow than green - but he's still cute! My DH just laughed at me when I received the box - it was a few weeks after Christmas but I was like a kid on Christmas morning! I've got a frog themed garden but this year I'm switching to birds!
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 6, 2010
2:34 PM

Post #7535086

LOL RCN, See I just forget too much. I must come back again to view the garden. It really is a beautiful garden. Holly
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
2:47 PM

Post #7535113

Sounds like you've got a sweet DH, RCN. My husband, Russ, gets a kick out of me liking those things, too.

I'm buying fairies today. I think my fairies will need some frogs nearby. Although we certainly have enough live ones.
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
2:58 PM

Post #7535146

Yes Holly, you and Ric MUST come back! I would love to have you see the gardens in the spring - Phoebe and Lucy had made quite a mess of them for your first visit :(

Polly, Rick thinks I'm developing old lady's habits with my quest for garden objects! After I bought my first gazing globe (something I swore I'd never own! LOL) I've become obsessed with my garden "whimsy". It's my attempt to make the gardens a little more "fun" to visit. You never know what you might find around the next corner :) I'm a dragonfly nut and I'm always finding more to add to the garden but over the years have added frogs and now birds. Now I just need to find a perfect spot to develop a fairy garden!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
3:05 PM

Post #7535175

We arent getting much snow.Big blizzerd due in a couple of weeks tho.
This is the longrange weather report.
I like it where it says Unseasonably warm for April
Hope this isnt a duplicate from another post bthis AM
http://www.farmersalmanac.com/weather/USA-Northeastern-weather
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
3:08 PM

Post #7535184

I think I need a dragonfly for the fairy garden too.

I've always loved gazing globes. My husband didn't think he did at first, but now does.
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
3:17 PM

Post #7535207

The "unseasonably warm" for April sounds good! Since we're on the southernmost tip of that map I'm hoping we'll see the last of the snow in February and in March I'll finally be able to see the gardens! Even though it was cold last year in March I was able to get a lot accomplished and I'm looking forward to getting more done this year before our season kicks in.

Dragonflies and fairies both seem to create magic in the gardens for me :)
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 6, 2010
3:23 PM

Post #7535216

rcn48 wrote:
Rick thinks I'm developing old lady's habits with my quest for garden objects!


Trying out the quote feature.
OH NO, little old lady habits! I caught Ric on E-bay looking at garden objects the other day. Asking do you like this? I use to only have a few things but the more my garden expands the more I want things to add interest. Of course there are so many more nice things to put in your gardens than there use to be. I think the improvement in materials like the poly/resins have made a difference in what is available at reasonable prices.

Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

February 6, 2010
3:49 PM

Post #7535272

rcn, what is that sculptural tree right above the left -hand crane in your green picture? I'm green, now...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
3:52 PM

Post #7535285

new lilies for me
Deep Impact

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
4:40 PM

Post #7535438

Sheryl, it's a Yew (Taxus) - Rick might remember what type but it was planted before I arrived "here" and I'm clueless! We prune it to expose the branches but a couple of years ago it got away from us and we gave it a severe pruning. It really opened up the space and we finally had a view of the gardens below :)

ge, I love your collages :) I bought some new Lilies to plant last fall when Brent and Becky's was having their sale but the ground was so wet in the area I was working Rick "stole" them from me and planted them in his gardens!

Took a break to shovel the front walk and take a few pictures so took the opportunity to grab this one of the cranes in their new home :) The urn above them is the one I want to make a pedestal for. I don't know what I'll actually plant in it but for now one of our houseplants almost fits!

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
4:42 PM

Post #7535439

Nice spot for the cranes. Nice antiques too
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
5:00 PM

Post #7535495

"Antiques"? The only antique is the small table - it was my grandmother's and I refinished it years ago.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
5:07 PM

Post #7535507

got it, I looked too fast.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 6, 2010
5:23 PM

Post #7535539

RCN, you bugger, you've been holding out on those garden objects. I'll forgive you as I know how busy you've been with the home remodeling. You're right about that bird on the dresser showing up better against the brown wall. That grouping looks wonderful.

I love the bug eyed guy too and also the bird for your welcome area. That other photo reminds me that I need to bring my weathervane in for some painting.

Polly, you can't begin to know how many gazing globes I've lost this last 2 years to falling branches, walnuts and what not. It's stainless steel or plastic ones only in the future for me now.

GE, I really like the peachy toned lily in your first collage. You're Right Polly, GE IS the Collage Queen. LOL, that's a better moniker than being the vole queen!!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 6, 2010
5:28 PM

Post #7535546

Polly, Holly has the most amazing tree frogs. They really talk to each other. I loved listening to them

Rcn, you always pay so much remarkble attention to the "small stuff". Really does make a difference.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
5:46 PM

Post #7535586

Thanks all of you.Peachy lily is Menorca
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 6, 2010
6:01 PM

Post #7535606

GE, the tallest plant stakes of that type I've seen for sale at Lowes & HD are only about 4', which is not tall enough for the really tall lilies. How tall are your tallest ones and where did you find them?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
6:03 PM

Post #7535609

After I posted I tried to remember where I bought them.Thats the first hurdle.
It was a garden supply place in Vermont I think.I used to get news letters fron him.
Let me try again.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
6:12 PM

Post #7535625

I think my looped ones are 4 feet and I used 1/2 inch rebar cut to length for the tallest lilies.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 6, 2010
7:59 PM

Post #7535904

My tree frogs are friendly, too. I just can't keep them out of the pool. I have a couple of other small ponds they should like but they keep comming back to swim with the Grands. LOL

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WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

February 6, 2010
9:48 PM

Post #7536292

My grandchildren would totally freak out if they were that close to a frog. I sculpt several plants in my landscape. I love to see the branches. I will take a few photos when our rain is done and show you.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 6, 2010
10:23 PM

Post #7536420

Now Sharon, isn't that a shame? My sister's daughter won't eat anything she sees me pick from the garden, because it was in "Dirt"!! I would never tell that kid there's manure in that dirt!
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2010
10:54 PM

Post #7536509

We have tree frogs, and a bunch of other kinds. Often when we go into the house at night, they'll be one hanging under the light. Some are so tiny, and others are psychedelic colored.

It is cute how the frogs seem to talk to each other, Mary, and Holly.
Pagancat
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

February 7, 2010
1:28 AM

Post #7536904

What a great pic - looks like he's making a wish on the frog.
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 7, 2010
8:55 AM

Post #7537774

Quoting:RCN, you bugger, you've been holding out on those garden objects.


LOL, I know, I know, I've got to get back to the MA forum and post the pics. I've got even more :( I had so much fun giving my suggestions to family last year for Christmas gifts (and even more fun receiving them!) that I did it again this year :) The bird bath I received from my son was intended for the Heuchera garden but it looks so nice in the corner by the front door it might just stay there!

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 7, 2010
9:13 AM

Post #7537779

I took some time yesterday to go back and read through all the "celebrating" threads - Wow, I've missed out on a lot!

Carolyn, I saw the picture of your little greenhouse and I think it's the same one Rick gave me for my birthday. I can't wait to get it set up and start my seeds! Last year I got so involved in outdoor projects in March that I never planted my annual seeds until July.

Speaking of birthdays, I didn't miss Stormy's but I did miss Polly's - Happy Belated Birthday!

Jo Ann, I even visited all your photo links - lovely! Question...I think Stormy might have asked you the same question but I got lost in the threads and can't find the answer! What is the name of this Lily:
http://picasaweb.google.com/jgentle4/GardenBestShots2009?authkey=Gv1sRgCI6Cv6eXm_P8hQE#5412839945307071730 and is the one in the upper left corner here the same one? http://picasaweb.google.com/jgentle4/GardenBestShots2009?authkey=Gv1sRgCI6Cv6eXm_P8hQE#5412840076522374242 I'm planning to plant some new Lilies around the new arbor steps and this one fits the "theme" :)

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 7, 2010
10:54 AM

Post #7537820

These are the lilies in the big album
Top Row:yellow "Fata Morgana"
Row 2 :DayLily Red Thrill
Row 4: First Crown ( another DG'er is trying to find this one for under $12 .perbulb.I believe I bought it from B&D Liles in Washington 2007

These are the lilies in the collage:
Top Left: Satisfaction B&d Lilies

Right: Garden Treasure Breny and Beckys Bulbs 2008
http://picasaweb.google.com/jgentle4/MostlyLilies?authkey=Gv1sRgCKDzlYKPsejguwE
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

February 7, 2010
10:58 AM

Post #7537823

RCN48 -

my little greenhouse has been a God-send. I have done everything from starting seeds and cuttings to holding over some of the more tender pond plants. Right now, in addition to the pond plants, I have a couple of orchids growing in it.

Holly - I really love the picture of your Grandchild with the tree frogs.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 7, 2010
11:12 AM

Post #7537830

mornin all
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

February 7, 2010
11:21 AM

Post #7537842

Good Morning to you too! :-)
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 7, 2010
11:30 AM

Post #7537845

Good morning and thank you, I think! I've been looking for Lilies all morning :( First Crown is the one I liked the most - it's hard to find! B&D is sold out and the only other place I could find it was The Lily Nook - in Canada :( Great price ($7.00) but the $15.00 shipping PLUS $15.00 Phytosanitary Certificate quickly changed my mind!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 7, 2010
12:01 PM

Post #7537883

Try The Lily Garden
http://www.thelilygarden.com/pages_lilies/asiatic_oriental_1.html#fic

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 8, 2010
11:05 AM

Post #7540831

New combo for the deck walk

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 8, 2010
11:38 AM

Post #7540863

Thanks Jo Ann, I've bookmarked it :) Love the Astilbes in all your collages - they don't do as well here as they did in my Maine gardens but I keep planting them anyway!

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 8, 2010
11:40 AM

Post #7540866

Thats a shame, they do love water.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 8, 2010
6:53 PM

Post #7542135

Oh my I just love that collage Just beautiful GE
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 8, 2010
7:13 PM

Post #7542183

Really nice combo, GE. I find that to get Astilbe to take, you have to constantly drown them for their first two years.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 8, 2010
7:23 PM

Post #7542215

I agree. I transplanted a 2 year old and i doubt it will live because it withered away where it was.I am sure I didnt water it enough
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

February 8, 2010
9:10 PM

Post #7542545

I know the two years of drought took a toll on the Astilbe here. Hopefully after last year's bounty of rain and all this snowfall, the ground will be saturated enough to give them a good headstart this year - either that or they'll drown! Just in from walking through the snow to survey the gardens - one of the things I didn't factor into all this snow was the dogs. I encourage them to go out and play in the snow but now I'm seeing where they've enthusiastically romped through some shrubs barely showing above the snow and there will plenty of broken branches to prune once it's all melted :(
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

February 8, 2010
9:18 PM

Post #7542564

We have rain showers again today. My trees and landscape think they have moved to Oregon.

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