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(Zone 7a)


September 6, 2010
9:50 AM

Post #8083400

There are a total of 105 votes:


Yes, I planted a vegetable garden.
(27 votes, 25%)
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I purchased a new specimen plant. (what was it?)
(21 votes, 20%)
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I tried a new color or plant combination. (tell us!)
(9 votes, 8%)
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I added a water feature.
(5 votes, 4%)
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I purchased or created a piece of garden art.
(7 votes, 6%)
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I enjoyed the same old garden.
(36 votes, 34%)
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Previous Polls

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 6, 2010
11:05 AM

Post #8083563

Same old garden here!

Resin
ericabelle
West Plains, MO
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2010
11:37 AM

Post #8083617

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.)
roseone33
Southern Mountains, GA
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2010
11:51 AM

Post #8083645

Planted several artichokes from seed and actually harvested one globe. Then they all died. Try again next year. Never give up.
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 6, 2010
5:25 PM

Post #8084186

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.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2010
5:41 PM

Post #8084218

I added a orange/peachy, purple/maroon garden. We've only been here 6yrs and have pretty much a blank slate...hopefully will be adding something new every year.

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

September 6, 2010
5:48 PM

Post #8084270

I had the 'same old' goin' on here. Enjoyed every minute of it! :D
FlowrLady
-South Central-, IL
(Zone 6a)

September 6, 2010
6:36 PM

Post #8084502

Had my first veggie garden. Learned a lot, canned/froze/gave away/shared a lot of food.

greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2010
9:43 PM

Post #8084750

Not only did I plant a Limelight hydrangea, but a friend moved into a retirement home & allowed me to dig up many of her iris and roses; including "The Fairy".
randbponder
Hornick, IA
(Zone 4b)

September 7, 2010
12:08 AM

Post #8084828

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!

LazLo

LazLo
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 7, 2010
1:03 AM

Post #8084840


Same old Garden Of Weedin' !!

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Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

September 7, 2010
7:00 AM

Post #8085087

Same old,same old here except I did buy a Mule Palm from Plant Delights Nursery. I've wanted one for a while now. It's still small, but it will grow!
Barb
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2010
7:20 AM

Post #8085124

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.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

September 7, 2010
7:40 AM

Post #8085171

Growing peonies for the first time and Peruvian Daffodils.
ernbran
louisville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 7, 2010
7:50 AM

Post #8085190

Same old tried and true. How can you go wrong with cannas and begonias. Especially the dragon wing begonias. They will survive in any conditions.

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growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


September 7, 2010
9:03 AM

Post #8085311

Someone sprayed my garden with herbicide. I watched everything die and just left it. Not sure if I should replant as they may return with their spray bottle or let the weeds take over.

JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 7, 2010
9:25 AM

Post #8085352

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 ...

Sunny side garden before ...

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JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 7, 2010
9:26 AM

Post #8085353

And after ...

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JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 7, 2010
9:27 AM

Post #8085357

Shady side garden before ...

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JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 7, 2010
9:29 AM

Post #8085363

And after ... thanks so much, all you great DG folks. Still got a way to go but off to a great start.

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 7, 2010
9:40 AM

Post #8085384

growin...WHAT????!!!!! why would someone do that?
Katlian
Carson City, NV
(Zone 6b)

September 7, 2010
10:34 AM

Post #8085446

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.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

September 7, 2010
11:36 AM

Post #8085563

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.
Rebeccatowoc
Stewart, TN

September 7, 2010
1:12 PM

Post #8085674

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.
ernbran
louisville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 7, 2010
1:37 PM

Post #8085714

Judy in Ga: You have already worked wonders. Like what you are doing.

JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 7, 2010
1:47 PM

Post #8085729

ernbran:
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!
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 7, 2010
2:35 PM

Post #8085797

Same old garden and I'm so grateful for it. Thankfully there is a constant in our lives these days.

rockette

rockette

(Zone 4b)

September 7, 2010
6:56 PM

Post #8086271

Something new. For zone 4b I planted, and they were beautiful, succulents and rose trees and double pearl begonia tuberose and cannas.
Horticulturist
Port Angeles, WA

September 7, 2010
7:08 PM

Post #8086298

Rose,
Artichokes go dormant in the heat. Don't dig them up yet. They may well emerge in early spring, or perhaps some new growth when it cools off.
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

September 8, 2010
12:03 PM

Post #8087445

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.
snappyguy
Houston, TX
(Zone 9b)

September 8, 2010
1:08 PM

Post #8087551

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
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

September 8, 2010
2:39 PM

Post #8087728

I forgot to say to JudyinGA - nice transformation in your gardens. Great start and well done!

And to Growin in Vancouver - I echo what someone else said - What's up with that?? Did you make someone mad or something?

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


September 8, 2010
4:23 PM

Post #8087875

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.
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

September 8, 2010
6:09 PM

Post #8088057

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.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

September 8, 2010
6:33 PM

Post #8088101

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.
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

September 8, 2010
8:04 PM

Post #8088257

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.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 10, 2010
6:20 AM

Post #8090561

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)
Rebeccatowoc
Stewart, TN

September 10, 2010
8:23 AM

Post #8090797

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.

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


September 10, 2010
9:23 AM

Post #8090889

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.
Steve812
Prescott, AZ
(Zone 7a)

September 10, 2010
10:14 AM

Post #8091012

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.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

September 10, 2010
10:21 AM

Post #8091023

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).
Rebeccatowoc
Stewart, TN

September 10, 2010
10:50 AM

Post #8091069

bonehead, you're a better person than I!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

September 10, 2010
10:52 AM

Post #8091077

Years ago I vowed that if I couldn't be taller, at least I could be tolerant. I try to remind myself of this often.
Rebeccatowoc
Stewart, TN

September 10, 2010
1:25 PM

Post #8091332

I am struggling in that direction. Sometimes I get just plain mad!
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 10, 2010
2:22 PM

Post #8091429

So sorry to hear that you had an encounter with a weinerbrain growin :(

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


September 10, 2010
3:00 PM

Post #8091478

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.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 10, 2010
3:15 PM

Post #8091513

Thanks everso growin. Dmail coming your way.

Bookerc1

Bookerc1
Mackinaw, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 10, 2010
9:05 PM

Post #8092152

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!

Angie
HelenVT
Charlotte, VT

September 11, 2010
7:48 PM

Post #8093760

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.
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

March 12, 2011
4:52 AM

Post #8421808

Yes, I experimented. In 2010, I planted scarlet runner beans. They smelled good cooking, but the taste was not there. I do not know what I am going to try in my 2011 garden. {;^) Luciee

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