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Pacific Northwest Gardening: What is in full bloom now? JUNE 16 - JUNE 30 2010

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 16, 2010
2:33 PM

Post #7894499

We came from here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1103502/


What is in full bloom/color in your yard now? Help me build our bloom database by sharing what you feel is at it's peak right now.
Pictures are not necessary, but are always very much enjoyed. Snipets of other people's gardens are always a joy, and what a wonderful way to discover new plants that you simply MUST have!


Hopefully the second half of June is less waterlogged and our blooms can shine to their full potential without being beaten down or shredded by hail.

This is my unknown but wonderful clem that is growing on my grape arbor. The flowers are huge... I would say an easy 6-8" in diameter.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 16, 2010
3:18 PM

Post #7894595

Very pretty. How do your clematis do competing with grapes? I have a row of 6 grape vines trained up an overhead trellis with geraniums at their feet. I keep the grapes trimmed of leaves up to the trellis and would love to introduce some other vines. Oh, here's a photo I just took after weeding the geraniums.

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Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 16, 2010
3:27 PM

Post #7894616

I have peonies in full bloom right now. Beaten down by the rain but in full bloom. My bright orange lilies are just starting to open..

The tree anemone (Carpenteria californica) is just in the beginning stages of opening and will probably open while we're gone, if it's sunny out.

Monkshood started opening this past week. One stalk is fully opened with the others starting in.

Yellow phlomus also just starting and will probably be fully open by the time we get back from Montana. It's pretty this year with a blue geranium snaking up thru it. I'll try and get photos when I get back.
Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 16, 2010
4:29 PM

Post #7894756

Bonehead, That is a wonderful grape trellis! My clem does great with the grapes, but I have to keep the leaves in that area pruned back. I think that they would be a lovely addition to your area! This is a poor picture, but shows how happy the clem is, and it makes a wonderfully colorful and green addition this time of year when the grapes are kind of boring.

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greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

June 16, 2010
5:34 PM

Post #7894933

Don't do what we did and try growing trumpet vine on your arbor. Grapes do NOT like them, and they also become invasive. It was very hard to get every last node of them out after we introduced them.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 16, 2010
8:34 PM

Post #7895573

I suspect I now have ample reason to shop for some beautious clems to add to the grape arbor. Fun. I also wrapped some little white lights around the grapes shortly after their winter prune and hope to enjoy a little 'ambience' this summer, perhaps with a glass of wine.

Popped some tomatoes in today, but holding out on the peppers (I like to let the nurseries feed/water them as long as possible since I don't have a greenhouse myself).
LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 16, 2010
10:35 PM

Post #7895830

I played with my new camera today, so I have a lot of pictures. Hope I don't bore you to death!

NOID shrub. I love this little shrub, but I have no idea what it is.

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LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 16, 2010
10:38 PM

Post #7895833

Here is my new sidewalk garden. Remember how this looked last year at the Roundup? It was a muddy mess because we had just dug it up to put in the new patio, driveway, and water to the GH.

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LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 16, 2010
10:41 PM

Post #7895836

Here it is again, showing off my pretty lettuces. I have never grown lettuce before. Thanks, Azorina, for getting me hooked on the beauty of lettuce!

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LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 16, 2010
10:43 PM

Post #7895838

Physocarpus Ember Glow is so pretty.

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LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 16, 2010
10:45 PM

Post #7895839

My poor Peonies took a beating from the rain.

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LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 16, 2010
10:47 PM

Post #7895840

My lone yellow rose.

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LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 16, 2010
10:49 PM

Post #7895843

Poppies self sowed themselves.

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LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 16, 2010
10:50 PM

Post #7895844

Happy Banana is growing taller every day!

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LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 16, 2010
10:51 PM

Post #7895846

Bleeding Heart

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LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 16, 2010
10:53 PM

Post #7895849

Lupines are looking better this year. This is not showing them at their peak.

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LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 16, 2010
10:56 PM

Post #7895850

These Calla Lilies are originally from my house in Aberdeen, where I planted them 20 years ago. I moved some to my Federal Way house 10 years ago, and I moved some here 2 years ago.

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LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 16, 2010
10:57 PM

Post #7895852

Another Calla Lily

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LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 16, 2010
10:59 PM

Post #7895853

My Dianthus looks like a big bouquet

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LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 16, 2010
11:00 PM

Post #7895855

Last one for the night, Iceberg Rose

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 16, 2010
11:01 PM

Post #7895856

Lynn, very lovely pics. Glad you found your camera.
Azorina
(Linda)Gig Harbor, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 16, 2010
11:23 PM

Post #7895872

Lynn-your NOID shrub looks like Kalmia latifolia I had one until I killed it..(the story of my gardening attempts). And my calla lilies aren't even budding!

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

June 17, 2010
4:34 AM

Post #7896022

What a beautiful place, Lynn! It looks like a lot of work went into making it that way; you must enjoy it so much!
Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 17, 2010
6:41 AM

Post #7896303

Lynn, Everything looks great. Love the new side garden.

Now plant some pansies and sweet alyssum between the lettuces - I can't get enough of that combination.

How come some people have such good luck with callas and others don't. We have one garden here in Langley that has a huge clump of them. I brought some back from my mom's yard in Calif. My sister grows them in pots and then when they multiply, she divides them and puts the 'extras' in the ground. So has quite a nice stand now. So I brought some back to try the same thing. They are still in pots and doing not much of anything. But it's been pretty cold and cloudy here. I need to move the pots out to a sunnier location I think.
Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 17, 2010
7:10 AM

Post #7896368

Bonehead, Don't you love a perfectly good excuse to go plant shopping? :-)

Lynn, your garden is looking just fantastic! Your driveway garden is looking wonderful... SOOO much better than boring grass!

Gwen, I have always done wonderfully with callas and thought that they were super easy... then almost lost my biggest one last year. I am assuming that it was because of the early freeze, but we have had longer and colder many times in winters past, and other than turning to black slime when it freezes, it had never phased them. Wierd.
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 17, 2010
10:45 AM

Post #7896963

I think the key with Callas is that they need their feet wet and their heads in the sun. That's not so easy for most of us to achieve . . .
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 17, 2010
4:09 PM

Post #7897667

My callas are growing so slowly this year. It just hasn't been warm enough for them.
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 17, 2010
8:09 PM

Post #7898231

This noid DL just popped its first bloom today. :)

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2010
6:09 PM

Post #7901083

My pink Kalmia.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2010
6:12 PM

Post #7901092

New 'Persian Sheild' in a jug my DD gave me for MomS Day.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2010
6:13 PM

Post #7901100

Colorful birds at the feeder.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2010
6:15 PM

Post #7901106

Red Kalmia.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2010
6:16 PM

Post #7901108

Beautiful peony.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2010
6:18 PM

Post #7901112

Red lily.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2010
6:20 PM

Post #7901119

Roses and raindrops

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2010
6:23 PM

Post #7901127

Ha. How is this color scheme?

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2010
6:25 PM

Post #7901133

NOID pink shrub rose.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2010
6:26 PM

Post #7901138

Pink peony.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2010
6:28 PM

Post #7901145

I have a lot of pure white foxglove if anyone wants seeds.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2010
6:30 PM

Post #7901148

Hosta are huge this year.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 19, 2010
7:22 AM

Post #7902306

Peach leaf bluebells

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 19, 2010
7:28 AM

Post #7902316

Monkshood 'Stainless Steel' is my earliest aconitum to bloom. I also have a 'Henryi Spark' which I struggle to place - it flops over in my eastern exposure garden, I guess wanting more sun. I moved it to a spot that gets pretty strong southwestern sun, although shaded in late afternoon and it is growing sideways there as well, trying to reach the sun. I thought this was a part-shade plant. This one seems to either want full sun or is too weak to stand on its own feet (in which case it will get ditched). Does anyone else have this cultivar, and if so, what does it want?

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 19, 2010
7:31 AM

Post #7902323

Here's another purple flower, which I seem to have a ton of right now - pincushion

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 19, 2010
2:29 PM

Post #7903274

Love the monkshood. I've never grown it. Give it a little staking.
Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 22, 2010
11:33 AM

Post #7910551

This clematis has few flowers but nice ones. I put it in towards end of last summer.

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Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 22, 2010
11:38 AM

Post #7910560

Some nice orange lilies.

On a sad note, my big frittilarias -- I had one in orange and one in yellow and they had multiplied last year -- did not come back this year. :( They were really a fun plant and costly to purchase.

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Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 22, 2010
11:41 AM

Post #7910570

This is blooming. It's pretty but a short-lived bloom. It's in a rather prominent spot and I feel it's unworthy of that spot. Quite large, would be difficult to bloom.

This is Carpenteria californica (tree anemone).

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Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 22, 2010
11:43 AM

Post #7910578

Yellow phlomis (Jerusalem sage) and a pretty blue hardy geranium.

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Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 22, 2010
11:47 AM

Post #7910591

And an orangey daylily that was here when we moved in. It's not in a lot of sun so doesn't really bloom profusely but it's pretty in the spot it's in and is a large plant so must like it's location. Altho it doesn't seem to ever get any bigger. All the millions of daylilies I planted are still small and very short, even the ones in good sun that get way more water than this one ever did. But I do have some buds on them, so hopefully they'll be pretty. I'm planning to move a lot of them to see if I can find a location they'll be happier in.

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 22, 2010
5:45 PM

Post #7911631

Pink Poppy

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 22, 2010
5:46 PM

Post #7911634

Pink Rose

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 22, 2010
5:48 PM

Post #7911641

Pink Painted daisy. What's up with these. They come back every year but do not seem to get any bigger or more blooms unlike the shasta daisies? I do enjoy the few that bloom.

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 22, 2010
5:48 PM

Post #7911644

Hydrangea

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 22, 2010
5:49 PM

Post #7911646

Bet you thought I would post another pink plant...nope an LA Iris growing in the pond.

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the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 22, 2010
7:54 PM

Post #7912071

The Commander in Chief lilies are in full swing now:

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the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 22, 2010
7:55 PM

Post #7912074

My poor snapdragons are hidden in the back of the bed- will have to move them in the fall.

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the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 22, 2010
7:58 PM

Post #7912078

Another NOID daylily- I think this is one that you sent me, Susan... I know there was one NOID in with those, and this is the only one in that bed with no tag.

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the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 22, 2010
7:58 PM

Post #7912080

Lychnis Coronaria

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enyeholt
Village of Port Clem
Canada

June 24, 2010
9:50 AM

Post #7916463

Its a bloom'n time of year. Didn't take long for this thread to get long also!

I went looking for my Solomon's Seal Katie59 and am I ever glad I did. It was so overgrown It may not survive.
There is a small on to the side, which I have rescued but it won't be blooming this yr. I will take care of it some and maybe next year we can enjoy it again.
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 24, 2010
10:36 AM

Post #7916594

ENH - good thing you checked on it. What is your biggest plant pest that is competing with it? I have tons of Ranunculus repens . . .
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 24, 2010
4:49 PM

Post #7917644

My Piilu clematis is great this year. Instead of growing up it is more bush like. Still pretty!

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 24, 2010
4:50 PM

Post #7917645

This Lewesia is full of blossoms.

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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2010
6:49 PM

Post #7917994

Multiblue clematis is finally getting large enough to climb my Felicia rose.

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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2010
6:53 PM

Post #7918008

Multiblue up close. Please ignore the blackspot on the rose.

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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2010
6:58 PM

Post #7918028

Clem Candida. They seem to face straight up more than some of the others.

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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2010
7:01 PM

Post #7918035

Candida up close.

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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2010
7:09 PM

Post #7918073

My last blooms of the forget-me-nots right before I pulled them all out. Heucheras are Teramisa and hostas are Guacamole and Morning Light.

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Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 24, 2010
10:03 PM

Post #7918581

Love love love the blue clematis with the pink rose.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 25, 2010
6:01 AM

Post #7919015

Of all the poppy seeds I planted, I got 2 that grew and they bloomed a few days ago. Both were pink. Very pretty, but would have liked to have seen the tangerine. I must be doing something wrong. Any suggestions?

Very pretty pictures everyone.
Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 25, 2010
5:01 PM

Post #7920605

Yeah! It's flower time at last! I love the multiple shades of green, but was really ready for some color!

Willow, your flowers are beautiful. I love the beginning of the kalmia... can't wait to see it full open. Your NOID shrub rose is beautiful too... that is my favorite rose form.

Bonehead, I have not had a lot of success with any of the monkshood varieties, but Mom has a few and they really need to be staked in our area. All of hers are in shade, and are quite happy there with a little support.

Pony, your yellow and orange NOID daylily is Frans Halls. Pretty... mine aren't even close to blooming yet. You have a lot of color going on in your yard right now.

Gwen, I really like the sage/geranium combo. I am excited about the sage that you shared, and I have a surplus of blue geraniums so I may just have to be a copy-cat!

Bea, your pink pretties are wonderful! I love love love that clem. Is it the one that you posted a single of about a month ago? It is very similar to Asao that I just bought. You should be happy that your painted daisies come back at all... I just can't grow them (yeah, broken record...slugs...slugs...slugs), and if I get one to actually bloom it is always one of the ugly colors. Your pink is wonderful!

Jan, I haven't had a lot of luck direct seeding poppies, and I am wondering if I am doing it at the wrong time. Mother nature does it right after they bloom (mid summer), so I might try that this year and see if it makes a difference.


I haven't had a chance to walk my yard for a couple of weeks, so am looking forward to that opportunity this weekend. Trust me, I will have camera in hand. I have enjoyed the foxglove and rose show out of my laundry room window though... The roses don't stand close inspection, but from a distance they are very colorful...

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the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 25, 2010
5:21 PM

Post #7920642

Frans Halls... well, the colors are certainly right. The shape of the flower looks a wee bit different to me, but I guess that can vary a little, huh? Thanks for the ID, Julie! :)
Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 25, 2010
5:35 PM

Post #7920673

Pony, You will find that daylilies are chameleons in both shape and color from one day to the next. Also, our flowers sometimes differ greatly from those that are grown in warmer areas in both shape and coloring depending on the weather for the week or so before the flower opens. See what it does as the season progresses before you take my word for it, but there are not very many bi-color daylilies in that color scheme so I am pretty sure that's him. This was mine in a hot week in July...

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 25, 2010
6:21 PM

Post #7920767

Beautiful Dl's Julie. The pillu is the same plant that I posted a single bloom of. Here is a closer look. Love this clematis!

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the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 25, 2010
6:22 PM

Post #7920771

Oh, I'll take your word for it, Daylily Queen. I reckon if anybody would know, it's you. I already updated the photos on my computer with the name. :)
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 25, 2010
8:26 PM

Post #7921086

My little Dianthus made a heroic recovery- I thought it was going to die, it looked so feeble a while back. This is 'Garden Spice Pink'.

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 26, 2010
7:39 AM

Post #7921805

Pretty dianthus Pony. Does it smell as good as it looks?

I had a quick chance to walk some of the yard last night before I got dragged away to a friends house for dinner, and I was amazed at how much color there is all of the sudden. I am just itching to get out there this morning and start putting order to some of the chaos that is my yard this year, but wanted to have at least a cup of coffee first, so I will share a couple of things that caught my eye last night.

This is one of my very favorite roses "Playboy". It's colors are fabulous, and while so many of my roses are almost leafless right now due to blackspot, look at the foilage on this baby!

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 26, 2010
7:42 AM

Post #7921812

I have a love/hate relationship with Sweet William. It is so pretty, but then gets soooooo gangly and is really hard to work around. I have pulled it from almost every bed, but have let this bed go crazy because it is at the edge of my woodland shade garden, so anything that I plant there has to be ultra slug-resistant and these fit the bill. This is the time of year that I wonder why I ever thought of getting rid of them...

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 26, 2010
7:43 AM

Post #7921814

The colors and patterns just amaze me... I could lay in the grass and just stare at them forever...

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Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 26, 2010
8:00 AM

Post #7921851

I had a bed where Sweet William used to come up, under a big old tree, but every year it was less and less and I don't think any came up this year at all. :(

My styrex japonica, japanese snowbell, is in full glory. It smells great. Eventually I hope the one side will come above the bench so you can sit there under it and be immersed. And on the other side, where I've planted peonies, I hope those peonies will get huge and it should make for a nice display

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Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 26, 2010
8:03 AM

Post #7921858

Don't think I've posted these lilies yet.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 26, 2010
2:35 PM

Post #7922909

Beautiful photos Gwen.
Love that rose with the foxglove RJ. Nice to have leaves huh?
I took pictures of the open Kalmia this morn. Will get them on today.
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 26, 2010
2:41 PM

Post #7922930

Pony, I am not sure you have Frans Hall, either. It seems a little wider and a little earlier. Keep posting pictures so we can see how it evolves.

That dianthus is wonderful and look at all the buds!

Bea that is one spectacular clem.

And Gwen, I have Japanese snowbell envy.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 26, 2010
3:13 PM

Post #7922988

Heck, I haven't even gone to look at my Japanese snowbell tree (really just a large shrub at this point. ---running outside to see---
Yep, it is just beginning to bloom!

This is the first day in many I have been out in my garden, and there is sooooo much needing to be done I am fairly daunted by it all. Did just pick (and eat) a bunch of ripe strawberries, yeah! Finally, after all the damp and moldiness of the Spring.

I could just as easily give y'all a list of all the weeds that are currently blooming or about to, that's how bad it is just now.
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2010
4:37 PM

Post #7923137

OMG Julie- that Playboy rose is incredible! I'm in love! *swoon*

The dianthus smells very peppery to me. Kind of an odd scent, but I like it.

Sharon, will do- there are several buds on it now, so I'll be able to post more images soon.
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 26, 2010
5:44 PM

Post #7923257

Pony, you just forced me to post a pic of my Playboy, too. It is just coming into its own now. Definitely one of the very favoritest of our roses.

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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 26, 2010
5:49 PM

Post #7923262

An Oriental poppy that is new to me this year and came in a mixed collection so NOID. Could the rain possibly hold off and not beat the poppies down this year? (I hope)

Whoops, I had better get back to work and pull those weeds. I think that particular one grows a foot a day!

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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 26, 2010
5:52 PM

Post #7923267

But first I have to show off my first waterlily bloom for the year.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 26, 2010
8:46 PM

Post #7923747

Beahive sent these to me last year. I almost lost them but put cloches over them and they survived. I just love this flower.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 26, 2010
8:48 PM

Post #7923754

What was left of my Bog Rosemary is doing well in the pot.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 26, 2010
8:50 PM

Post #7923757

Close-up of the pink Kalmia

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 26, 2010
8:52 PM

Post #7923758

And the whole bush.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 26, 2010
8:55 PM

Post #7923762

And the red one. It is not blooming as well as the pink.
This is a real nice small evergreen shrub. Akin to Rhodies but much finer in appearence and blooms later. Slow growing.

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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 26, 2010
9:48 PM

Post #7923839

Willow, that pink kalmia shot is fabulous. I fell in love with them when I rented a house when I first came to Seattle and it took me a long time to find out what they are. I have tried some in the past, unsuccessfully, and now have a couple that I think are finally going to make it. One even has a single bloom on it this year.
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2010
9:56 PM

Post #7923852

I need a Playboy rose. And a Kalmia. Wow.

I have to show you that insane foxglove again- it's over the edge of the roof now! o.0

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the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2010
9:57 PM

Post #7923856

And I love love love these snapdragons!

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2010
6:01 AM

Post #7924306

Gwen, I have jap. snowbell envy too. How pretty!

Holly, I am so with you on the overwhelmed by the state of the garden front! There is so much to do that needs done desperately that I just spin in circles trying to figure out where to start. I thought I was ahead of the game when the end of winter was so warm, but now I am further behind than ever. It helped my frame of mind immensly yesterday to get at least one or two areas looking good... now I know that there is hope...

Willow, I love the poker primrose, and your kalmia is definitely a WOW! I don't have one yet, but I am thinking that I definitely need to scope out a spot for one.

Pony, OMG and I thought my foxgloves went crazy! That is pretty darn impressive. I love the color combo of the snapdragons as well... very cheerful!

The earliest of my japanese iris are popping like crazy now. I planted several before I was really good at keeping track of names, so they are all unknowns, but some are pretty fabulous, and I am going to have a nice show this year because THESE ARE SOMETHING THAT THE SLUGS LEAVE ALONE!!! Hooray!

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2010
6:02 AM

Post #7924314

This one is definitely one of my favorites, and the flower is huge!

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2010
6:03 AM

Post #7924316

My pink peony is an eye popper right now...

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2010
6:07 AM

Post #7924321

And the last one from yesterday...

I have had a few daylily blooms here and there so far this year, but only Saratoga Springtime (who is extra early) and a yellow species have put on any kind of a show at all so far. For this reason, my eyes about popped out of my head when I saw my Swirling Spider yesterday!

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the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 27, 2010
6:22 AM

Post #7924350

Holy Toledo! Those DLs are stunning! Amazing how things just go to town when we finally get some sunshine. :)

I love your japanese iris too- another thing I want to get eventually. Boy, if I got everything on my "want" list, we'd have to buy another house with a much bigger lot... hehe. ;)
Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2010
6:50 AM

Post #7924419

And then when you get a bigger lot like I have, you have to set your sights on other things like a bigger watering system... oh yeah... and a staff! I think that it is a never ending dilema...
I am probably going to be dividing at least my white jap iris this fall... if you want a start I would be more than happy to share.
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 27, 2010
7:39 AM

Post #7924534

LOL yeah, I don't think I could handle a big lot. I'm too lazy. ;)

If you do wind up dividing and have a little extra, I'd love to have a start. Thank you. :)
Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 27, 2010
9:33 AM

Post #7924849

I don't have good luck with my iris blooming past the first year. The leaves grow but no blooms. Did I plant them too shallow?

The peony is very pretty, esp in front of the roses.

Exactly what is bog rosemary? Can you use it in cooking?
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 27, 2010
10:11 AM

Post #7924947

No it doesn't smell like rosemary. There must be a story there but I no longer try to remember it. Bog Andromeda (sp) is another name for it
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 27, 2010
6:20 PM

Post #7925934

Here's another one of the DL that may or may not be Franz Halls. This bloom seems redder than the last one.

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the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 27, 2010
6:21 PM

Post #7925940

Tuscawilla Tigress is looking good.

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2010
7:15 PM

Post #7926042

Pony, After second shot, it is DEFINITELY not Frans Halls. Wayyyy too much color. I will have to look up Bright Carnival and see what mine looks like. It is also a bi-color and fairly early and has the vivid color that your second pic does. It sure is a stunner though! Is that the TT start I gave you? I just love that daylily... mine is nowhere near close to bloom yet...
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 27, 2010
7:28 PM

Post #7926085

The TT is indeed the little baby you gave me. It's had two big beautiful blooms already, with more on the way. :)

Whatever this mystery DL is, I have two nice clumps of it- so I'd be more than happy to share some with you in the fall. :)
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 28, 2010
7:00 AM

Post #7927059

Another one of my very favorite roses, Bewitched.

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 28, 2010
9:34 AM

Post #7927503

Pony, Bright Carnival is definitely another daylily to look at as a consideration as you NOID after that second pic. I have never had mine look as light in color as your first photo, but it has been really cold an wet, so anything could happen. Bloom time seems about right too as the pic that I am posting was taken 7-5-09. I am glad that TT is doing well for you. Even though I have hundreds of wonderful daylilies, that one will always be in my top ten. Just wait until it is a huge clump... it is stunning! Thanks for the offer of sharing your NOID, but I am putting myself on restrictions this year when it comes to daylilies. I am going to have over 90 new babies bloom in my seedling bed down in the garden this summer, and if I want to bring any of my favorites up to my yard at all, it already means making a new bed and finding some way to get water to it... You will be happier if you let them clump up anyway. The effect of a large clump in bloom is incredible. ;)

This is my Bright Carnival from last year...

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 28, 2010
9:37 AM

Post #7927516

I have a lovely pink dianthus that has finally come into it's own this year. It smells soooo good!

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 28, 2010
9:40 AM

Post #7927528

Irish Eyes allium, which I got as a disapointing substitute from Brecks last year (had ordered Starburst, which is my very favorite allium) is actually quite pretty in a garden setting. I was skeptical when I planted it, but it adds a nice color/texture so I guess it will stay.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2010
9:45 AM

Post #7927544

Peach leaved blueflower (Campanula persicifolia).

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 28, 2010
9:45 AM

Post #7927546

This is the big garden that I actually got cleaned up this weekend. Some things are looking a little pathetic because they should have been fenced/tied up well over a month ago, but it will recover, and my scrappy little annuals that are invisible in the picture will eventually fill in the front border. Even at it's worst, this garden thrills me with it's color this time of year.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2010
9:46 AM

Post #7927550

Angelica seedheads - always appropriate around July 4th.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2010
9:48 AM

Post #7927564

Do you guys have luck with your foxgloves reseeding, or do you start fresh every couple years? I have a couple that act like perennials, but I lose most after their bloom year and don't seem to get any reseeding. Maybe I pull them out as weeds.
Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 28, 2010
9:52 AM

Post #7927577

Bonehead, I just absolutely love those bluebells! Don't they add a wonderful splash to the garden? I am thrilled when mine propigate because I want to put them everywhere! Something else beautiful that the slugs leave alone!

This is my last picture from the weekend. I was drooling over Willow's kalmia, and had posted that I really needed to add one. When we were having coffee on Sunday, Mom said that she didn't understand why I had posted that... she had gotten two on sale at McLendons last fall and had given me one. Of course "I will always remember" what I get and where I plant it, right? So that rang a little bell in my too full garden brain, and I went to one of my gardens that I have not yet had a chance to weed at all this year (and as a result, just kind of look the other way when I am walking my yard because it's shabby state really depresses me) and look what was hiding in the mess of grass, weeds and slugs...

It was a very pleasant surprise, and I was doing the happy dance for sure! Guess I can scratch that off of my want list!

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2010
9:54 AM

Post #7927584

Evening primrose (Oenothera tetragonia 'Fireworks'). This is such a vibrant plant, with lots of different colors (maroon emerging foliage, red buds, bright yellow blooms that kind of fade to pinky, then bronzy fall foliage). A favorite for me.

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 28, 2010
9:59 AM

Post #7927608

Bonehead, That angelica is great! My foxglove are all wild volunteers, and they seed like crazy everywhere. I love them, so spent the first couple of years that I gardened here moving every seedling that I found in the wrong place. Needless to say, that took WAY too much time, so now I just pull them when they are where they don't belong. Some of mine grow almost as perennials, but I never run out of seedlings. They seed best in sun and dry. If you want, I would be more than happy to take a picture of a little seedling mass of them so you can ID them for sure...
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2010
10:03 AM

Post #7927622

Julie, yes I do love the bluebells, and they seem to throw themselves here and there as well, which I generally allow. I've also started moving some down to my front field roadside to see if they will compete with the grasses.

Here's a bit of a mystery plant - I think it's a masterwort of some sort which I may or may not have nabbed from my sister. I'll have to check with her - unless someone can quickly ID this for me? It's happy on the north side of my barn, so is a shade plant of some sort.

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Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 28, 2010
10:17 AM

Post #7927662

Bonehead, that's astrantia major, aka masterwort. There are several varieties in that color range, and I'm not sure which one you have. I've always liked it alot. Makes a nice cut flower too.

Also, foxglove is a biennial. I found this description, which muddies things up a bit:

Foxglove plants are classified as biennial: leaves form a rosette close to the ground the first year, succeeded by a spike with blooms the second, and final year. But under favorable growing conditions they often last longer, blooming another year or two beyond what their "biennial" status would warrant. In this case, they may be considered herbaceous perennials. Further complicating any positive life-cycle identification for the novice is the fact that foxglove plants often reseed themselves.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2010
10:28 AM

Post #7927687

Here's a shade garden on the north side of the barn. I'm especially pleased that a new ligularia (The Rocket) just put in last year is already bulking up and blooming. The climbing hydrangea would take over the entire barn if I let it. And, although others have warned of the sword ferns, I do like them here and there to blend in with the outlying areas. As with all my beds, there are always some stray buttercups poking up here and there. Although I diligently pull them up, since one can never get them all, I am also trying to embrace them as a pretty little wild flower.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2010
10:31 AM

Post #7927694

I always have a bit of a trouble with biennials. I think I've got my angelica down - I just let the whole big patch grow in early spring and then thin it as it becomes more clear who is going to bloom and who is a first year plant. Since they are huge plants, I do try to limit the bloomers to 2-3, and let them go to seed. The first year, I diligently shook each seedhead to be sure I got enough seed in the ground. A bit overkill... If anyone wants any seed, let me know.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2010
10:35 AM

Post #7927700

Here's another combo - lamb's ears in front of oregano and red valerian. I let this patch of ears all put up seed stalks and another patch I snipped out about half when they were first sending up. I think the second method produced a more robust lower stand while still enjoying the teeny little flowers on the tall stalks. If a stand really gets straggly, I snip out all the flower stalks and that seems to rejuvenate it quickly.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2010
10:41 AM

Post #7927717

This is part of the medicinal section of my herb labyrinth - hence the old sewing machine (to patch you up). I am trying to add an appropriate piece of yard art to each section, some are easier than others. This particular section has comfrey just out of sight on the left, meadow arnica growing wherever I allow it, intermingled with calendulas, with a chocolate boneset (gorgeous plant) behind the Singer. Chinese pinks (Qu Mai) and echinachea are further down the row not yet in bloom.

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LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 28, 2010
10:49 AM

Post #7927733

I got this cutting from Pixy last year. Can you ID it for me please? I had it marked orange dahlia - wrong!!!

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Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 28, 2010
11:49 AM

Post #7927908

Very pretty, Bonehead! I would definitely take some of the Angelica seeds. I love that plant. Last year a friend gave me some queen anne's lace, another favorite, but it was just a huge clump she dug out and I'm not even sure if she got any weeds. It dried out quite a bit between coming out of her garden and getting into mine. I had hoped it would have at least seeded, but nothing this year so far. I love all the plants that have that same look. Cow parsley is another. I even like poison hemlock, altho I would not knowingly plant that one!

Your bed with the red valerian is really really pretty. All your flowers look like they enjoy their spots and are doing really well.
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 28, 2010
12:52 PM

Post #7928053

Soooo many pretty blooms! :D

Julie, Bright Carnival does look like it could be the same as mine. I'll keep comparing as they bloom- thank you for your help. :)
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2010
1:06 PM

Post #7928102

Gwen, I will put it on my to-do list to shake you off some angelica seeds when they ripen. Lord knows I will have plenty. I foolishly bought 3 plants (at rather premium prices) back when I was initially establishing my herb garden. I've since learned that most herbs are pretty free with their favors. One of my local garden friends refers to them all as weeds.

I've never done much seed saving, but after cyber-experiencing your January seed swap, I may have to jump into that next. I just cut back my seed stalks from King's spear and left three standing as an experiment.
Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 28, 2010
1:33 PM

Post #7928214

Thanks!
Kymmco
Seattle, WA

June 28, 2010
2:01 PM

Post #7928272

Gwen, do you like Sweet Cicely? It's in the same family as Queen Anne's Lace, Cow Parsley, etc.

I have a huge clump that made several babies this year, and I'd be happy to save one or two for you if you'd like.
Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 28, 2010
2:02 PM

Post #7928274

bonehead wrote: One of my local garden friends refers to them all as weeds.



OK, I had to laugh! Mom and I just had that discussion after we admired your lovely post of the section of your herb maze. It may have been spurred from the fact that we discovered her comfrey blooming happily in her daylily garden that she has moved it out of at least a half a dozen times or more. Anyway, we were discussing how pretty and colorful your chocolate boneset was, and the angelica as well when I said that I was afraid to add another "herb" to my garden until I had a place to let them run rampant as I have not yet met one that was very well behaved and stayed where it belonged.

Be careful when you start collecting seeds... it is very satisfying, but also very addictive...

the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 28, 2010
2:03 PM

Post #7928281

*looks at giant box of seeds she'll never ever have room enough to grow*

Yeah. What Julie said.

;D
Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 28, 2010
2:45 PM

Post #7928362

Yes, I'd love some sweet cicely! Thank you.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2010
4:30 PM

Post #7928621

The sweet cicely seed pods are delicious to eat raw when they are still green - kind of a licoricey taste. They can also be used when they turn brown as salad crunchies, but I don't care for them as much then. They just taste like earth to me at that point.

And, yes, almost all of my herbs are bullies -- but it seems to work to have them all together -- they just push and shove one another around, sometimes intermingling to create really nice combos. Both comfrey and oregano are on very short leashes, I dig out an acceptable circumference for them in the spring and don't let any stragglers cross the line.
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 28, 2010
9:01 PM

Post #7929399

I think my (maybe) Bright Carnival can safely be described as "In full bloom" now... :)

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 28, 2010
9:16 PM

Post #7929419

Pony, Just glorious! Can you imagine what it will look like in two years when it is really clumpy clumps? I love the coral bells in front of them as well... very pretty.
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 28, 2010
9:30 PM

Post #7929442

I can't wait! I'm going to have to rearrange in the fall now that I know the heights of everything- then next year it will look even better. :)

My TT is blooming its little heart out- I just adore this DL!

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Azorina
(Linda)Gig Harbor, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 28, 2010
11:15 PM

Post #7929550

This is my entry garden...the snapdragon just showed up one day last fall!

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Azorina
(Linda)Gig Harbor, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 28, 2010
11:18 PM

Post #7929551

This is the only surviving poppy from this years planting...this variety "Jelly Beans"

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Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 29, 2010
8:37 AM

Post #7930263

Very pretty, Linda.
Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2010
9:22 AM

Post #7930365

Linda, Your garden is looking beautiful! I have may apple envy, but my little kid that you shared is still alive and kicking, so I want to print your garden pic and wander it out to him to give him something to aspire to!

More stuff is sneaking out every day... isn't it amazing what a bit of sunshine will do?

The lilies on my deck popped out yesterday. I don't know the specific variety, but I just love this one.

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2010
9:27 AM

Post #7930377

My pots look like poo because they have been disgusted with the weather over the last month and a half, but this one has recovered nicely in the last several days. It is contorted larch "Diana", hecheura "Mocha Mint" and campanula "Get Me" with a couple of invisible decimated petunias in there somewhere...

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2010
9:32 AM

Post #7930390

My white jap. iris in it's full glory...

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2010
9:33 AM

Post #7930397

This purple jap iris just popped yesterday and it is another of my favorites. It is so full of flowers that it is hard to differentiate one from the other, but makes a wonderful boquet...

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2010
9:36 AM

Post #7930407

OK... seriously...don't look at the weeds! My mock orange and canturbury bells were also very nice this morning. Will have to make it a point to get to that garden this weekend!

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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2010
9:38 AM

Post #7930412

Last one here for the day... another jap. iris that was looking very photogenic this morning...

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
10:04 AM

Post #7930477

Very pretty. The last one is especially nice offset by the yellow groundcover.
Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2010
10:23 AM

Post #7930505

Thanks. The yellow groundcover is golden moneywort, and I have a big swath of it in that area. I have daylilies and astilbie planted in it as well, and the effect is very nice. It is agressive, but easy to control, and makes that portion of the garden just glow right now.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
10:38 AM

Post #7930538

I thought that was what it might be. I have the common version in one of my beds, and I have let it take over in place of mulch. When it gets a bit too tall or growing into my other plants, it is really easy to just grab it by the ruff and yank it out, leaving enough at the roots to rejuvenate itself (which it then does freely). I may have to think about the gold version. Always a new idea from these fun photos.
Azorina
(Linda)Gig Harbor, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2010
10:47 AM

Post #7930560

Julie..beautiful Japanese Irises mine have been overwhelmed by darmera this year
Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2010
10:49 AM

Post #7930563

That's exactly what I do with the gold when it encroaches on some of my plants. In the meantime, no weeding where it is, and I LOVE that! If you want to try some gold, I may know where you can get some :-)
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2010
12:25 PM

Post #7930731

Linda, that entry garden is getting better every day. The podophyllum you shared with me is getting babies. ( I was selfish enough to take the larger one and give Julie the little one.) How old do you think yours is? Juldy's "Remembering Bill's Hugs" is also putting up scapes. I plan to finally get it to her this weekend. Mine is in more shade, so will be later.
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2010
2:08 PM

Post #7930942

Those orange lilies are just glorious! And I adore the iris/moneywort combo- absolutely stunning. I think I might want to get some of that golden moneywort. Do they sell it at the big box stores? Is it evergreen? Would it interfere with spring bulbs coming up? Why is the sky blue? Can I have a pony? Oh, wait...
Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2010
2:43 PM

Post #7931012

LOL! Pony, by all means, don't go and buy any of the stuff! I have oodles and oodles of it that I am pulling up on a regular basis... I can give you plenty. It is not as pretty in the wintertime, but still has color to it. It glows vibrantly from early May to late fall. Not sure, but I think that bulbs would come up through it just fine... if not, you can pull out little sections around them when you see them peeking. As for the sky and pony, well, I can't help you there... :)
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2010
2:49 PM

Post #7931017

Hahaha! Sorry, just got on a roll with the questions, ya know... ;)

Okay- I won't go running off in search of it, even though I'm all about the instant gratification... hehe. I would love to have some of your extra sometime. Thank you. :)
Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2010
3:08 PM

Post #7931064

Pony, I am probably going to be taking some out this weekend (I would love to think that I will get to cleaning up that garden soon so that my daylilies in there can breathe) so I can have some for you next week. We could either hook up or if that doesn't work, I can pop it in the mail as well.
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2010
3:14 PM

Post #7931080

Depending on the state of my truck, I might be able to come up to FW. (It's been making disturbing noises, I need to have it looked at before I go on any freeway trips.)
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
5:40 PM

Post #7931431

All your flowers and garden beds look great.

Yellow Peace Rose in full bloom now

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
5:43 PM

Post #7931439

This is the hardy fuchsia I gave starts of to a few people.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
5:46 PM

Post #7931445

My yucca is setting blooms. It doesn't bloom every year and once died down completely. I don't know what it thinks it is doing.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
5:48 PM

Post #7931450

Spiderwort, purple.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
5:50 PM

Post #7931461

Dark pink peony, huge!

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
5:53 PM

Post #7931467

Allium and lavendar Spiderwort.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
5:55 PM

Post #7931477

THe second of three lilys I have. Love them and don't know why the deer haven't eaten them.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
5:57 PM

Post #7931484

Really dark almost black columbine

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
6:00 PM

Post #7931495

Smoke tree in full bloom. Elm behind is also blooming

Also the two cummingham white rhodies. They are the last to bloom. And I do have all the others deadheaded.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
6:04 PM

Post #7931506

The catmint is going strong. I really love this plant.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
6:06 PM

Post #7931514

And violet Spidewort.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
6:08 PM

Post #7931518

Maybe this one won't be blurry.

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Kur
Redmond, WA

June 29, 2010
6:10 PM

Post #7931525

Pretty!!! The deer around here have never bothered the lilies for some reason... slugs beat them to it maybe. Grr.. The only thing the deer have done to really raise my ire so far this year is to snip my Allium bulgaricum right in half, and right before it bloomed... And he/or she didn't even eat it! It was just for fun! :) This is what it would have looked like:

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
6:13 PM

Post #7931536

And Shadow in the rock garden:-) with foxglove

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Kur
Redmond, WA

June 29, 2010
6:14 PM

Post #7931541

Cute!!!! My niece's cat is named Shadow as well...
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
6:15 PM

Post #7931542

I like that allium a lot. Maybe the smell irked them. :-)
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2010
6:19 PM

Post #7931557

Shadow in the rock garden with foxglove- sounds like something from the game "Clue". hehe. Very cute photo. :)
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 29, 2010
7:35 PM

Post #7931794

LOL It did have a ring to it.
Loving all your pics.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
8:54 PM

Post #7931958

Ditto on enjoying the lovely pictures!! The lilies and roses are to die for (well maybe not literally). The spiderworts, alliums and everything else are gorgeous too.

I finally had time today to run around with a camera, so I have a bit to share too. Something in color. Yippee.
White Camas finishing up its bloom time. These are somewhat different than the native kind...bigger and bloom later. I had some blue ones too,I thought of the same type, but they did not bloom at the same time

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mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
9:00 PM

Post #7931969

I also have geraniums, pink, white and blue. Some of the blue were from the generosity of someone at the Round Up last August. The others were supposed to be Birch's Double and are clearly something else. I like them, but not quite what I was expecting when the bud opened.
This pic is of the pink ones, which are a year older than my others and going to town now.

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mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
9:03 PM

Post #7931978

The white geranium is in here between 2 Heucheras and a daylily.

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mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2010
9:05 PM

Post #7931981

A Hebe that made it through the Winter.

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Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 30, 2010
4:41 AM

Post #7932275

Loverly!!!! I need to research white camas and hebe now.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 30, 2010
10:05 AM

Post #7933033

Love that hebe
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 30, 2010
8:12 PM

Post #7934416

Sexy Rexy. I love this floribunda rose.

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 30, 2010
8:14 PM

Post #7934420

The blooms on this climbing valentine rose are marvelous..to bad the rest of the plant looks so bad this year. The dreaded black spot!

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katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 30, 2010
8:19 PM

Post #7934435

Whoa. Gorgeous picture!
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 30, 2010
8:19 PM

Post #7934436

Pretty roses. :)

I'd like to try growing a few roses. Never really done them before. There's one here that came with the house, and no matter how much I prune it, it grows back all scraggly. The blooms aren't all that hot either.
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 30, 2010
8:20 PM

Post #7934439

I meant Sexy Rexy. Valentine is nice, but Sexy Rexy had me at hello.
Portland1
(Judi)Portland, OR

July 1, 2010
7:49 AM

Post #7935322

I've been back in Oregon for a few weeks now and have been so busy with my daughter's upcoming wedding that I've had no time to read DG threads. All the photos are so beautiful! You all have been busy tending your gardens. So lovely. My own garden is looking a bit abandoned right now and I need to make time to clean up before out of town guests descend next week. This is one time that I'm glad it's so small!

PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

July 1, 2010
8:05 AM

Post #7935353

Bea, Julie and I just finished spraying our roses, finally and feel the same way about the results of the black spot. Pretty depressing. It is good that some of the blooms have survived and the rain has allowed them to open decently. I have and love Sexy Rexy too.
Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

July 1, 2010
9:09 AM

Post #7935502

I like both those roses! Bea, if we ever meet up at a gathering, I would love cuttings.

Sharon, what do you guys spray with and what is the spray for?
Azorina
(Linda)Gig Harbor, WA
(Zone 8a)

July 1, 2010
9:34 AM

Post #7935557

Podophylums are kinda funny plants..I bought the original at Heronswood probably 10 years ago. It seems to thrive in surprising places and barely exist in others. I believe this one has been there for four years and surprisingly competes successfully with the cedar roots that run rampant in this little garden bed.
Thanks to you Sharon I have an early bloom on Margaret

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

July 1, 2010
6:56 PM

Post #7936600

Beautiful roses Bea. I have bad black spot also and am in the process of removing all the leaves. I only have five, all done except the climber.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

July 1, 2010
7:18 PM

Post #7936665

I am a reluctant rose gardener. I have 3 florabundas which are all fairly disease resistant and healthy, and a Chicago Peace which limps along but has beautiful blooms. I also inherited 2 gaudy tea roses (bright coral and hard yellow) from my sister which both so far have severe black spot and blooming shoots coming up from the root stock. I moved all 6 to a location of its own, with strawberries at their feet. It is in full sun with good air circulation, away from the rest of my gardens. What do I do about the root shoots? They bloom with little bloody red single roses. Do I whack them off at ground level? Lower than ground level? What do you suggest about black spot, other than pull off the leaves (which will leave one bush pretty much barren)?
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

July 1, 2010
7:31 PM

Post #7936692

Definitely take the root shoots below the graft down as far as you can. This is the vigorous root stock that was used to support the grafted part. I will let Julie respond to you and Gwen also as to what to do about the blackspot. Good chemicals are the answer at the right time of the growing season, which was very hard to achieve with this terribly wet recent weeks.
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

July 1, 2010
7:58 PM

Post #7936739

Will do on the rose cutting. One of these days I hope to get together with the WA group. It may be quicker however to send you some cuttings. d-mail your address and I will try to get a few to you.
Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

July 2, 2010
8:05 AM

Post #7937693

I just remove the leaves with blackspot. Do not put them in compost. They need to leave your yard totally. (Or you can burn them.) There's not much you can do with all this rain. Once it stops raining, water from below only. Keep the area around the base as cleared out and clean as you can.

If you don't want to spray with toxins, and I recommend that you do not, your choices are leafless roses for a while or leaves with blackspot. You might check with your nursery - there may be something 'organic' you can spray on the roses to help. I'm not sure.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

July 2, 2010
9:03 AM

Post #7937858

Thanks Gwen. I don't use toxins either. When my boys were young my next door neighbor with her picture perfect weed-n-feed lawn would often send her toddler over to play on my lumpy weedy lawn because she had just sprayed some poison on her own. Go figure.
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

July 2, 2010
10:51 AM

Post #7938097

Messenger works well on roses, I hear. And some people say it helps the rose defend against black spot.
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

July 2, 2010
11:13 AM

Post #7938129

i believe Messenger is no longer on the market.
8zoner
Vancouver
Canada

July 2, 2010
11:15 AM

Post #7938135

Hi all,
I'm newly out of lurkdom. I've been enjoying all of your wonderful gardens. Here's a happy show in my garden. Forgive me if you've already seen it.

Alongside this honeysuckle, I have an unknown red climbing rose (with a lot of blackspot), and a pale pink peony, which usually makes a smashing combo. But the peony is too shaded now and didn't bloom this year. It will have to move this fall.

I'm torn about keeping the rose. I refuse to spray and hate the look of the yucky leaves. But it's in a corner of my yard I don't see close up, so maybe I can live with it. The rose looks nice tangled in the honeysuckle.

Sheri

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katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

July 2, 2010
11:18 AM

Post #7938140


Sure enough. I'm surprised I hadn't heard that. Seems like they would have sold the rights to Messenger if they could have. There must be more to the story.

http://www.edenbio.com/

8zoner, welcome! It's good to have you here. Lovely picture.

8zoner
Vancouver
Canada

July 2, 2010
11:18 AM

Post #7938142

Here's the combo I mentioned in my previous post.

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katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

July 2, 2010
11:22 AM

Post #7938146

Looks like there is a MESSENGER replacement: http://www.gardeningthings.com/organic-natural-fertilizers-biostimulants-c-67/employ-reg-plant-health-promoter-2oz-package-p-183
Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

July 2, 2010
7:39 PM

Post #7939089

8-zoner, that is very pretty!

You want to be careful with messenger. It's steroids for plants. Eventually it catches up with the plant.

I was reading about black spot and the other rose diseases in my growing roses organically book last night and there are some interesting remedies and one I do recall using to good effect when we lived in Calif. I'll post them later.
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

July 2, 2010
8:36 PM

Post #7939233

Gwen - tell me more. I read a few discussions on whether there were long-term adverse affects from using it to stimulate a plant's immune response. There was lots of speculation, but I hadn't heard that anyone had actually had a negative experience. What happens when the messenger "catches up with the plant"?
thistledownfarm
North Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8b)

July 2, 2010
8:54 PM

Post #7939277

Beautiful pictures all of you!
Lynn your purple tubular flowering plant is Iochroma cyaneum.
Messenger is a quick acting fertilizer, but not really beneficial to plants over the long run, it actually makes them grow too fast and then they eventually collapse if you continue to use it. Once or twice is plenty.
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

July 2, 2010
9:04 PM

Post #7939312

Linda - I'm confused.

Messenger activates the immune system in the plants. It's not a fertilizer . . . that's like saying too much St. John's Wort will make you collapse . . .
Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

July 3, 2010
8:35 AM

Post #7940225

I don't know specifics. But I was at a lecture that Linda somebody or other gave for Master Gardeners. she's the one with Chalk in her name and is quite well-regarded, if you recognize that name, and she said studies had been done on it and found what Linda said - the plants grow too quickly or their immune systems get too beefed up and then it catches up with them and they can collapse or get sick. She said at best it doesn't really help your plants in the long run.
Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

July 3, 2010
9:04 AM

Post #7940281

Such lovely pictures everyone! I am soooooooo glad that the gardens are getting more colorful. It is instantly erasing the gloomy mood that I was in after all the wet and cold.

Welcome 8zoner! Your honeysuckle combo is beautiful. We all would definitely enjoy seeing more of your garden!

As far as roses go, I am one of the bad people who actually do use chemicals on my plants. Not that it has helped a lot this year because one of the most important things about an effective spray program is the weather cooperating long enough to be able to actually spray... I normally spray only a fungicide, and have found Mancozeb to be the most effective. It will control blackspot on the most prone roses IF you clean up old leaves and then spray the ground and plant regularly.

Another picture to give the full effect of my moneywort carpet... can you see why I have enough to share with anyone who would like some? I just love it in this spot though, because it is a wet wet wet area that otherwise sprouts grass like crazy. This is much preferred to weeding!


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Rarejem
(Julie)South Prairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

July 3, 2010
9:07 AM

Post #7940285

Gads... how can it be July already?????????? Hope you all have a safe and fun independence day celebration. I guess this means it's time to move on to a new thread!



**********************NEW THREAD************NEW THREAD*************NEW THREAD******

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1112786/
Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

July 3, 2010
3:17 PM

Post #7940927

Julie, that is very very pretty! Will that stuff really keep grasses and weeds from taking over? If so, I sure do have some spots to put that in!

I don't think spraying is necessarily a bad thing. My problem is that some of my roses are right next to/in my veggie garden, and I never spray in that area. The other place I have roses is a place where the chickens peck at the grass, so I'd be concerned there as well. If I had roses where I could spray and be sure no living creatures were being affected, I would probably spray as well. And if I didn't, it would be out of laziness. ;)

While I do think a nontoxic yard is the ideal and is what I strive for, I am not critical of people who do use chemicals and certainly would not characterize them as 'bad.'

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