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Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

We came from here:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1082228/#new

Terrye, I'll trade you a Gentle Giant bulb for an Einstein, if you are agreeable to that. I'll bring it to you when we go to Rita's. Okay? I love your "happy accident" with the white phlox and the grape hyacinth. What kind of phlox is that--it must be an early bloomer? I don't have any that hugs the ground that way. My two white phlox are the Minnie Pearl, which I bought, and another one called David, which Sandra gave me. They are both tall and they are not blooming yet.

Crissy: your flower beds and veggie garden are really doing well!

I planted one of those "topsy-turvy" tomato thingies this week-end. I put a cherry tomato in it. I bought a plant that has small tomatoes in the hopes that it wouldn't be as heavy as a plant with big tomatoes. I'll let y'all know how it does.

Later I will post some photos of various plants in my garden.

Everybody join in with your own photos and don't forget the chat!

Booneville, MS

Good idea! I'll bring you one.
That is an old white creeping phlox that I have had for years. I have no idea what cultivar it is but it blooms same time (or sometimes a little earlier) than the purple thrift you see next to it.
I bought one bag of grape hyacinths around 30 years ago and I now have them everywhere. The birds and wind has scattered them all over my yard.

I think I been feeding the frogs here. I bought some goldfish and some fantails to go in my little pond this weekend. I put them in the water and a few hours later went to feed them and there was a huge bullfrog that jumped into the water when I walked out there. No sign of the fish but there are places too deep to see so I am hoping that the fantails made it anyway.

Terrye

Camden, AR(Zone 8a)

Didn't realize the bullfrogs would eat the fish........ guess I never really thought about it - just thought they ate bugs!

Karen - I am not a golf fan either, but I have heard that Augusta is a really neat place to visit and I am sure I could bare one day of golfing to get to see the rest of the town! :) Ya'll have lots of fun!

Ripley, MS

thanks for starting a new thread Marilyn. our nephew that is so sick had his heart cath and there are no blockages, they will schedule the surgery to repair the valve that the infection has destroyed.
I got Mamma fixed up today, Pat came over and she weeded in between her tall bearded iris on the other side of the house and I got her front bed cleaned out, her rose bed was in good shape. I told her I did not want to hear about her trying to pull any more grass out of that bed. She is 82 years old and has to get down on her knees on a cushion to even reach it, and I told her she better not try that again.
Love everyone's blooms they are showing. I enjoyed driving to Mamma's today, the redbuds and dogwoods are just beautiful and it was such a pretty day.

Camden, AR(Zone 8a)

Sorry to hear about your nephew Sandra...... I hadn't heard that you had family ill guess I missed that!

I am having a heck of a time trying to weed my flower beds and tend to things with this bum knee....... my low back can't hold up to the constant stooping and I can't bend my left knee to sit on the ground.... so I have ended up having to SIT on the ground with my left leg straight out - but getting up is a MAJOR undertaking!!

The dogwoods are just coming into full bloom here and they are gorgeous! Beautiful days indeed!

Genna

Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

Sandra, sorry to hear about your nephew but so glad there is no blockage. Tell him you know someone who had a heart valve repaired in 2003 and that she is still ticking after 6 1/2 years! (that would be me) As a matter of fact, I was out mowing the yard today with my push mower--getting to the places where I can't go with the riding mower. I am stronger now than I was this time last year--I don't huff and puff like I did when I first started mowing last year so I guess that means that mowing has been good for me (even though I was mad at Buddy for going off and leaving me to do the mowing--LOL). Glad you got your Mamma's flower beds weeded, etc. I posted a photo on one of these threads of Gunny's rose and it is looking good. (It's hard to keep up with where you post what when you are posting on several threads!)
Since you all are talking about dogwoods, I will post a photo of the neighbor's dogwood tree. I have posted this photo on another thread, too, but I'll post it again here.

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Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

Genna: I meant to say that you should get yourself one of those little garden carts that you can sit on. I have one and I think Sandra does, too. It sure beats having to stoop and bend or to sit on the ground while you get rid of the weeds! I think my cart was about $35.00 at Home Depot. The lid lifts up and you can store your gardening tools inside.

Terrye, I will bring you a Gentle Giant bulb when we go to Rita's--thanks for the Einstein!

Here is a photo of the area behind my garden shed where I am putting some of my shade garden plants. I still have to get Jason to take that old piece of plywood out to the curb for the garbage folks to pick up. I have to get the leaves raked up, too, although I may just leave them and get a few sacks of garden soil and just pour it on top of them. See that ladder in the background? That was Buddy's old wooden ladder that had become too rickety to use, but he kept it anyway, for some unknown reason. I have decided to use it as a piece of garden "art" but I can't decide exactly what to do with it. Maybe I will make a "pot man" like Charlotte has and sit him on one of the steps of the ladder some way or other. Anybody have any ideas?
Oh, yes, and I need to stack those brick somewhere else! Maybe I will make a pathway there behind the shed from one side to the other with the brick.

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Camden, AR(Zone 8a)

Marilyn.... I do think all that yard work (push mowing included) is good for us.... but it sure is rough sometimes! Glad to know you are stronger and doing better with the mowing......

The dogwood is pretty.

Genna

Ripley, MS

You might use it as a trellis and let vines run over it.

I am as confused as Marilyn is about posting in different places.

Jerry's nephew Justin is gravely ill. He has MRSA and it has caused 2 strokes already and yesterday his breathing was so bad they put him on the respirator and induced a coma. His kidneys are only working 20%. He has been sick for a couple of weeks now and took a turn for the worse yesterday. We went in to see him at 9pm last night and he looked so bad, he will be 30 on May. He and our Susan are a month apart.
He had his gallbladder removed and has been sick ever since, they can't tell them for sure if that is where he got the infection or not.

Camden, AR(Zone 8a)

Marilyn, we cross posted.... that is a good idea about the cart. Not sure how well that would work right now, but it would be worth a try! I love the idea of using the ladder as a trellis......

Sandra, sorry to hear about your nephew. Sounds like he is in really bad shape. I bet that he did get the MRSA from the surgery, but of course the hospital would NEVER admit that because of the liability issues. When Alex was a newborn he got a staph infection from his circumcision and had 30K worth of tests because they "thought" he was having seisures.... instead he was stiffening up from the pain of urinating with the infection and thankfully a smart, observant nurse noticed and it was treated accordingly..... but LATER I learned that hospital floor was completely closed because of the large amount of staph infections obtained there! It took me three years to pay off all those tests and bills... and I often thought the hospital was at least partially responsible because they KNEW they had a problem with staph and were slow about doing anything about it. I will add your nephew to my prayer list. I hope things turn around quickly for him - sounds like he won't be able to take them getting much worse!

Marilyn, that bed is going to look so pretty when you get finished!

Genna

Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

Hospitals are hot beds of infections, unfortunately! However, we all have the staph germ on our bodies. It is just most likely able to invade the body through a wound or perhaps in Justin's case through the incision when he had the gall bladder surgery. As Genna says, it would be hard to prove that is where he got the infection and it would cost a lot of money for lawyers, etc., if they decided to sue the hospital and the doctors. Staph usually attacks the body at its weakest point, which in Justin's case was apparently his heart valve. I do pray that they will be able to repair the valve and that he will not have to have an artificial valve put in. Buddy's heart valve was attacked by MRSA -most likely invading his body through a spider bite--and it resulted in him having to have a mechanical heart valve in Nov. 2000. Justin is young and has a good chance of complete recovery even if he does have to have his
heart valve repaired or replaced. I will add him to my prayer list, too.

Great idea, Sandra, about using the ladder as a portable trellis. Thanks! Charlotte has just given me two moonvine plants and I can let them grow up the ladder.

Ripley, MS

He had the gallbladder surgery done at a surgery center--in and out the same day type. His wife's name is Tuesday, she is only 18, and they told her they would use a pig valve, it has to be replaced.

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Your ladder would be a great trellis for the moonvine!!!! You could also put some other pots on the steps and let the moonvine climb around them.

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Marilyn also on the trash to treasure forum they had a bunch of old ladders that had been used different ways. It was a while back when I saw it so you might have to scroll down a bit to find it. They all had plants on them.

Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

Thanks, Charlotte. I'll see if I can find that.

(karen) Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Well everyone was right Augusta is definitely worth seeing whether you are a golf fan or not. Here's a yellow azalea (I think) that is blooming

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(karen) Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

The Camellia's were gorgeous today and here's the proof...

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Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Glad your having fun Karen!!

(karen) Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Wisteria was hanging everywhere and the grass literally looks just like a carpet - there was so much rock work everywhere and just more wooded places than you can believe. I didn't realize that the land the golf course is on was once a nursery and that is why it is so well landscaped.

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Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

So it turns out that there is something for both of you to enjoy!!!

Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

Gorgeous photos, Karen!

Montrose, AR(Zone 8a)

Goodmorning all... Here is a picture of a shade garden I started last fall..I included hosta, muscari bulbs, and mums I received from the RU... Alot of the hosta I have planted or moved this year and it is still small.. I have added lilies and impatiens some columbines, white daisies and coneflowers.. I cant wait to see some color.. Hope it turns out prettier than it is now lol... My white and pink dogwoods are blooming nicely tho...

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Montrose, AR(Zone 8a)

My japanese Maple just put out leaves and the grass is starting to get green...

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Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

That will be a lovely flowerbed when it matures, Trish. Could I be so bold as to say that mums, muscari, daisies and coneflowers are not shade plants? However, your bed might get enough sun for them to do okay but if they don't do well, you may need to move them into the sunshine. Just a suggestion. The dogwoods are lovely!
How is your son doing?

Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

I'm drooling over that Japanese maple--gorgeous!

Montrose, AR(Zone 8a)

Lol you can be bold enough to say what ever you like, I need all the advise I can get....I am still learning what grows where... It does get quiet a bit of sun there and I tried to use what I had growing in the yard already to fill in the blanks spots..I hope It doesnt get to much sun for the hosta, yet gets enough sun to keep the other flowers growing lol... I may be asking for to much from one bed...

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Ripley, MS

If you get the heat that we get, the hosta needs deep shade here. They will burn to a crisp if they get too much sun .
I had the big idea of having my mini daylilies and some mini hostas together---LOL--the first summer it dawned on me that hosta needed shade, what in the world was I thinking???????????????

Montrose, AR(Zone 8a)

Caleb is doing great..All his burns are nearly completely healed..He still has a few open areas on his rt hand..He has been fitted for his compression glove for rt hand everything else healed beautifully on its own...The Lord has really blessed him...

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Montrose, AR(Zone 8a)

well one half of the bed gets more sun than the other, if I see the hosta on the south side is struggling I will move it...Mostly it gets morning sun...It gets hot here too..

Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

good news about Caleb! Praise the Lord!
That peach colored iris is beautiful. Do you know the name of it?

I just received my order (and KA's) of milkweed plugs from Donna Vincent. Hooray! going to try my hand at raising Monarch butterfly caterpillars. I need to get outside and get them in the ground. It's a beautiful day in our neighborhood after yesterday's rain. No "yellow air" (aka pollen) to deal with today--the rain washed it away! Hooray!

You all have a good day!

Lakeland / Memphis, TN(Zone 7a)

Trish - your new bed is very nice and so glad to hear Caleb has done so well.
Sandra - if you notice, on 1 side of my house I have hostas and daylilies together - so don't laugh at me. However, the hostas are up against the house (receiving the shade from the house) and the daylilies are more out, away from the house. I just have to search hard for any inkling of sun for my sun plants and hope they get enough to bloom.

Funny, Marilyn reading your words: "its a beautiful day in the neighborhood". Thats exactly how I felt yesterday when I got home and did my "walk-about". I noticed a bud on a new iris that has never bloomed for me before, I saw more alliums coming up that I had forgotten about, saw more hosta eyes peeping thru, came in the house and there was a box of new hostas on the counter. It was a wonderful day ! lol.

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Trish so glad to hear Caleb is healing so well!! Your bed is lovely and will really be nice when it matures and fills in.
So long as hostas are not getting direct afternoon sun they should be ok. If they are the hostas you got from me at Oct. RU they had been in direct afternoon sun. That is why I dug them all up. They started out in the shade and I lost a tree and they ended up in the sun. Like Bonnie I have to really hunt for places for my sun plants. So I dug them all up and turned it into a lily and iris bed. The hostas survived fine in the sun but by the end of the summer they were certainly not much to look at!! Between the slugs eating them and the sun scorching the leaves they looked very bedraggled!
I have been on the go constantly and have had people at my house 3 times in about the last 10 days and last night I realized I was absolutely pooped!! So today I'm trying to do some caught up on things in the yard and around the house.

Laceys Spring, AL(Zone 7a)

Sandra, sorry to hear about your nephew and we'll be praying for his surgery and recovery.

Trish, your bed looks very nice and the overall setting is beautiful. I'll echo the comments about the plants that need full sun. If you're looking for shade-lovers, try hellebores and heuchera. There is also a nice Japanese forest grass (Hanecholoa aureola - but don't use my spelling which his probably wrong) and Carex 'Evergold' (works well for me as a border planting). You could also plant some azaleas and camellias (acid lovers) among those pines. They do well with filtered sun or part sun. So do oakleaf hydrangeas. The shrubs would look nice in the center for some height.

Ripley, MS

Thank you Elaine, there is no change, since there are no blockages, they are waiting on the surgery, unless they have scheduled it today. A friend of mine that is a nurse said they were probably trying to hold off until some clean blood cultures came back from the lab. I had wondered if operating would make the infection worse and she told me they would probably try to hold off if at all possible. He is still on the respirator and the docs are telling them he had good vitals.

I tried to do some cleaning today, man oh man, the picture Cindy showed of how the weeds and grass were at her house is what the part of the bed I worked on today was like. It did not get a cleaning last fall and it is a mess. I worked for 2 hours, so I am getting able to do a little more now, of course I should have stopped earlier and now my back and leg is hurting. I will have to take it easy the rest of the day, so maybe I can do a little more tomorrow.

Marilyn, I had d-mailed you about a plant--did you get it? If so let me know

Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

Sandra, I knew I had seen something from you somewhere on DG or Cubits asking me about a plant! LOL Then I had trouble with my ISP and my internet service was on and off all last week-end. Anyway, I am sorry I never got back to you on that. I'll answer you in the dmail.

Montrose, AR(Zone 8a)

I dont know the name of the peach iris.. A friend gave it to me last year..I think im going to move it to get more sun and hope it makes more babies because it sure is pretty, right now its in the shade. Thanks for all the suggestions for plants.. I'd love to have some hellebores and Hanecholoa aureola(think this is beautiful).. I have a few coral bells up next to the tree I am to try to divide.. I cant spend alot of money till I see what the insurance company inst going to pay on Calebs hospital bill... Tho I did find some shrubs at lowes the other day the guys wanted to get rid of and let me have a cart full for ten dollars.. 2 double viburnum... a japanese Pieris... a variegated mock orange.. a winter jasmine.. a spirea reevesiana.. and a 3 agapanthus bulbs all for 10.00 because he needed the cart for something else.. I took him up on that deal lol... Now I have to see which of those like the shade and acid conditions...

Ripley, MS

Sounds like a great bargain, Trish, that is great. Maybe the bill will not be as bad as you think, we can always hope.

Bonnie those daylilies will stretch out and try to find that sunshine. The bed I planted was right out in the sun, no shade anywhere. I still shake my head when I think about doing that--LOL

Lakeland / Memphis, TN(Zone 7a)

Yeah.lol... better to plant a sun plant in shade, than to plant a shade plant in sun, huh ?

Fayetteville, AR(Zone 7b)

Karen love your pics, especially that iris! Gorgeous!! Love the Hosta coming up next to it too.

I've been busy today and now I'm playing the waiting game, but that's alright, I don't mind a little lull during a busy day.

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

Speaking of iris, I saw some blooms on my dwarf iris's the other day and my tree peony had blooms opening, I was so happy to see some almost flowers L OL

Love the japanese maples

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