I added more "tropical looking" plants this year to make my garden more interesting. Elephant ears, Cannas, Banana plants, caladiums, etc. I also purchased a variegated daylily - it is now one of my favorite plants! (I am a sucker for nicely variegated leaves.)
Always like to try something new and/or different each year to keep things interesting. Some things fail and some plants/flowers are a pleasant surprise. Favorite new additions for 2010 have been Ranunculus and Vietnamese Hollyhocks.
I guess I'm with the majority, Same old garden, although I did plant more of what we really like and less of what we had plenty left of what we had canned still in the pantry. Kind of allowed the butternut squash to over populate but we fix them like we used to the white potato. (Just about anyway you can imagine) lol Next year- less veggie garden- more visiting and vacationing. Can't cut back on flower garden!
Same ole Patio set up. Guess that is about the extent of my Same Ole Garden where changes happen less frequently as I grow less able to manage new plantings. This year we have two Mininature Banana Plants because we failed to complete a swap this spring. Both are now three feet tall. Both may fruit next summer. They have produced seven pups ready to replace the mother plant which dies after fruiting. After many years of wondering I jumpped into a banana plantation. They are indeed wonder plants. We wonder if they will fruit.
There wasn't a choice for me so I didn't vote but I certainly did something new --- I finally started my garden --- from scratch. I only got two areas done plus a small bed in the back, but what fun! (And hard work!) I learned tons from you guys on DG. Could NOT have done it without you ...
Wow growin, that's a miserable thing to do. I have that problem along my back fence that's next to the park. But I know it's the city employees spraying for weeds. I have to go talk to them every year to make sure they don't spray my flowers again.
I didn't vote because there wasn't an "Other" option this time. We added a greenhouse, which was an experiment just to build, and now I'm growing lots of orchids and seedlings inside.
I voted same ol' even though the same ol' changes every year - moving plants around, adding new plants, taking out ones that don't work, redefining or digging out new beds, tucking a veggie here and there - same ol' state of change, yet nothing major.
I haven't yet achieved a status quo that I'm satisfied with so it's lots of new things each year. This year I set out two sugarcane plumegrass bunches, a hops vine and a porcelain berry vine, an Austrian pine, a calla lily - and I think I'm forgetting several others! Some day I hope to make it to same old, same old. Oh, yes, it was a viburnum, an elderberry, some phlox, several daylilies, and datura.
Thank you! I still have a long way to go but I feel good about what I've done so far. One of the hardest things is deciding what to plant where! Once I decide, I'm off like gangbusters. Your praise is like candy! Thanks so much!
Planted 3 new japanese Maples. One didn't make it but the other 2 are thriving. Had the same kind of luck with peonies. Most everything else in the gardens was about the same as before with a few minor changes here and there.
I moved to Houston after having lived only in snowy regions. I planted veggie gardens in the north and tried it here, with some mixed success. Tomatoes didn't do well, but the cucumbers and cantaloupe did great.
OutsidePlaying - I suspect it is the same person who has been bullying me for years, considering it was the primary target of the sprayer. This time they took it out on the plants. I don't think she likes that I study plants and work at a nursery. I have tried to not let it get to me but it is depressing walking into the garden and seeing dead twigs and spray marks on the shrubs behind. What really got me was the plants I can't replace - Francoa, Heuchera cultivars, Polygonatum verticillatum 'Himalayan Giant', some New Zealand plants that I propagated, etc. So, should I replant and hope for the best? What does everyone think? I've just left it but it is so barren and I guess I should do something.
growin...I do not know your country and it's laws. Here I would call in a farm agent, prove the report and advertise a nice cash reward for testimony resulting in conviction. I did just this a few years ago when someone was picking my pear trees at night. We put up a trail camera, caught the individuals and won in court.
Rather than opening up an ugly litigation battle, I would approach the neighbor and see if he/she is willing to sit down, perhaps with a mediator, and air out whatever the underlying angst is and see if you cannot reach some agreements that both can live with. This would be a hard conversation, but sometimes hard conversations are in order.
You gotta be kidding. Listen the person in mind is a natural born mean idiot. I have no patience with a proven idiot. The only language this guy speaks is where his thoughts of the day are proven in the good book. He carries his New Testament in his overhaul bib pockets to reference as needed. He's been caught stealing ten cent low end spoons from the Salvation Army Thrift Store. He was fired from a housekeeping job in a nursing home without public cause. You want me to sit and mediate with this idiot. He threw his own mother out of her own house. She died with a broken heart. His own kids will not visit and have not for twenty years. I have no need for any agreement with this turkey. You have got to be kidding.
Actually, its not a new, well it is I guess, water feature We had a 100gallon pond between a tree and the garden shed, Decided we were putting up a bigger shed and had to move it, so I went and bought a 165gallon preformed pond. It is is more sun, has a garden around it and my water lilies actually bloomed for me this year. Needed more sun I guess.
Guess its a new,but not so new, water feature.
(All I know the comet fish love it and so do the frogs)
Growin - that is so awful that they did that. I am so sorry you've had such a miserable experience! Years ago I lived in lower Arctic Alaska where you could cultivate almost nothing, but a brave family each year grew some kale and . . . now I can't remember what was the kind of flower that was so sturdy. Perhaps I will think of it. Anyway, kids would come by and tear everything up. They just kept re-planting.
As my front garden was already sprayed twice, the person is a repeat offender. No point in discussion. Maybe I should do some groundcover to atleast green it up. In keeping with the topic of the thread, my experiment will be trying to green up a herbicide sprayed area with groundcover.
The local fauna were treated to half a dozen small tomatoes (total) from ten tomato plants. They always got there before I did when the tomatoes turned color. The corn died on the day I didn't water it. So did the yellow squash.
Perhaps the sprayer thinks she is doing you a favor - my neighbor once spread a whole truckload of old oil on my gravel driveway as a favor to me. I was a bit speechless, but then thanked him for the thought but asked him (I hope tactfully) to not do so again. On the other hand, I mow his road shoulder after mowing mine in the hopes he won't spray so liberally with whatever toxin he is fond of. I told him it just made sense after rolling down my side to come back up on his (we share about 300' of roadway). He hasn't complained. We coexist amicably even though we have hugely differing views (e.g., he poisons his vegetable patch before planting).
It's fine. I tried to not let it get to me and focus on work. I like your view bonehead - I'm not taller but tolerant.
btw dahlianut - I've still got 2 plants of Dahlia imperialis on the side of the house so whenever you wanna piece, let me know. I know so little about Dahlias and not sure when it's the right time to dig one up. These ones also take by cutting.
I'm always playing with one of my obsessions. This year, I added two more hydrangeas, and about 50 lilies. I'd only had maybe a dozen lilies before, so it was a really nice burst of color when they all bloomed. I also added another clematis, to replace one that wasn't thriving, but I think the rabbits ate it. :( I thought it was the ideal location for a clematis, with head in the sun and feet in the shade, but I'm losing 2 for 2!
I planted Western Sandcherry and Serviceberry shrubs because they're supposed to be good for wildlife and I'm hoping that I can get them to share because the fruit of both shrubs are supposed to be tasty. Of course I did my usual veggie garden and I added some new hostas to my collection. Some of these were obtained through davesgarden hosta swap. Everything is a lot of work, but when the weather is nice house cleaning is put off until winter. It'll wait.