This is my front yard as of June 2010-A few of the largest plants have been removed, but I love the look of cottage gardens. It is difficult here in Michigan to get that "English Garden" look, but I am a plant collector at heart, so I am trying it. I don't have any idea about plant color combinations, and have difficulty planting with any continuity, due to the great variety of plants.
It is partly sunny, and the only place I can grow roses. There are 22 of them in there!
What do you think?This is obviously the garden at its best, so this is as good as it gets.
It's great ! I'm sure it's really spectacular when all the roses are blooming.
The thing you have to remember is that a cottage garden theme can vary greatly depending on your zone, sun exposure, etc.
Your knowledge of plant color combinations will increase as you "play with it" over time...some people follow strict "rules" as far as color pairings, others don't. The main thing is that YOU like what you plant and that YOU derive pleasure from your efforts.
Gardens are always "evolving" as you discover new plants, colors, combinations, etc.
It's a learning process and it looks like you've achieved much success. Do what makes you happy and have fun with it.
Keep us posted with more pictures as it blooms. You're definitely on the right track.
Oh, thanks for the feedback. looking at the pic I do see a few color combos that work, purely by accident. I guess I can continue to have fun playing with it, and maybe a thing or two will work. I figure anything I can get to bloom is a bonus! I'll see what it looks like this year, as the climbing roses should be much larger.
I love your house! The color and style is perfect for a backdrop for a cottage garden. You're not just trying, you're succeeding with you plantings.
I agree that haphazard is the definition of a cottage garden. Just make sure you have balance. I would probably add a good size plant with a chocolate or dark green leaf behind the bunny. You might add flowers that bloom over a wide range of times so that the garden is always at its best.
I have a small house, picket fence and I even planted flowers on city property, all around the water meter and hydrant. I got tired of cutting grass there, so I guess they are ok with it, nobady complained. Every year I have different color coordination, last year was purple, blue, yellow and orange. this year I will have to figure it out, it is still early.
Mao, I like your suggestions on a chocolate leafed plant behind bunny. There is a fairy rose there, but it didn't bloom last year (I finally solved that problem in October!). But I could move that rose. Any suggestions on a good plant? Glad you like the house-it didn't look at all "cottagey" when we moved in-just a beige tract house with square shrubs. Believe it or not, we've been there 13 years, but only started to make any headway in the garden the last 4 years.
Kiseta, love your colors!
There's a weigela that fits about every purpose. "Midnight Wine" is one possibility, or find another variety that's just a bit larger. A smoke bush or elderberry "Black Lace" or "Black Beauty" would work, but only if it was coppiced (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coppicing) every spring. Pinch back again in late May-early June so it only gets about 4' tall. You want to call attention to your front door, not to hide it. A dwarf evergreen shrub with darker coloring could also work.
Daylilies and hosta are the number one and two most popular perennials for a reason. They're both very easy and they'll both work in part sun. I think either one or both would add a little texture to your predominately small leafed garden. I find different leaves add interest even when plants aren't in flower.
I love fairy roses. There's nothing more romantic. I have too many Japanese beetles to grow roses. You're going to have to post a picture when your roses are in their glory.
If that was a plain tract house than you deserve congratulations on such a fine make-over. Seeing it, I know you'll have a fine garden once you do a little tweaking.
Kiseta- That's a very nice spot of color. I plant my hell strip too. Someday I expect the town will come in with a backhoe digging up utilities and I'll lose my perennials but in the mean time I take my garden all the way out to the road.
I ordered a couple of black leafed huechera, and a shorter black sedum (my favorites), to try. I'll post pictures of this year, hopefully the fairy roses will be blooming, too! They had midges (I think) that I finally killed with neem oil. Those things didn't bloom for over ten years, and I thought it was me. Finally found the answer on this site! hurray! Thanks everyone for the input, this has been really fun and informative.
Museumgirl, your garden is a welcoming sight. My idea of a cottage garden is that there is always something blooming. Once the spring bulbs are gone, the peonies start up. Besides lilies, lilies and lilies, which are pretty tall, we have a baptisia, an amsonia and bee balm. We've also got centaurea montana (blue) and centaurea amethyst in snow. Once the balloon flowers come out (platycodon), you're in full swing.
Thanks for all the nice comments! We got to sort of start over two years ago when we had the drive and walk replaced. When we bought the house almost 14 years ago, it had an aging garden of overgrown shrubs, and no flowers. It has taken me this long to figure out what I want, and how to get it. I love experimenting with new plants, so cottage garden was the perfect fit for me. I love that, with gardening, you never get to the point where you know it all! (That's when I lose interest) Can't see that happening with my gardens, even if I ever did become a master gardener! This picture is the garden mid-April this year - hope for another year!
It looks nice already. Your trellises add a nice amount of dressing. They change the exterior from plain like the other homes, and they're perfect for the cottage look. You've created a nice little feng shui shape I can't seem to achieve.
We've been here since 2005, and the previous owner had several plantings, but the gardens will never be finished. They're always a work in progress. (If I could only stay out of garden centers, it would be ok.) We use a lot of metal trellises for support because we also grow tomatoes, and the trellises are much more attractive than wooden poles.
Glad you like the trellises, Mr Husband would be pleased-he made them for me! He started with the one on the porch, and then I got demanding! (He's a saint).
Gardens are always a work in progress, that's what I love about them. No mistake is ever permanent! :) I too, have a Plant Acquisition problem, but I suppose that is one of the less damaging addictions!
There are a lot of bulbs-they just weren't doing much last week! Here's a picture I took Monday, when things are just getting going. You can't see it too well, but the whole left side is now covered with daffodil blooms! Took them a while this spring, but we are finally getting flowers.
the tarp is still up on his house, but at least it is an improvement over the peeling paint! He built a suite for his mom last year, and is just getting around to fixing up the rest of the house. I do hope it won't be in all my pictures this year, but I don't have any control over that! I'll post more border pictures as it goes along, always interested in suggestions!
I would rather see a blue tarp on the next door house, instead I am looking at a small house that have 10 people live in it , partying every night, trash all around the yard and they are sitting on the porch all day next day. I have a feeling if I said something to them, they would mow down my front yard full of flowers just for the meanness of it. It is very unnerving to leave the house every morning and all of my neighbors are all at home watching me come and go. Sorry to change the subject. My front yard is starting to look very nice, I hope it will stay that way. This a picture from last year.
that picture is beautiful - at least the bums next door have something nice to look at from their trashy porch! I feel for you! I actually have great neighbors, on all sides, except for a guy kitty-corner behind me. guess I am lucky. Blue tarp isnt really so bad, and it means the place will look nice when he is done.
As for your "neighbors" ,kind of creepy them watching you come and go-maybe you can plant an enormous hedge to block their view!
Kiseta---that is beautiful. As for the neighbors...2 houses ago, I had some teenagers who were regularly congregating on my lawn. Then I saw them picking flowers from one of my gardens. I was horrified. I yelled out the window, and I asked them to stop. The next day, every flower in my bed had been snipped off and was gone. (lots of delphiniums) It was heartbreaking, and I cried. The house went on the market the following spring after some local foster children threw eggs at our window, while my husband and I were literally standing there. Luckily, this was before the housing crisis, and we sold the house a month later with a profit. I've never been so happy in my life to move. Flower bed terrorists---some of the worst people! So my rec---keep the peace so as to not endanger the flowers.
This area I am living at is a older neighborhood. I have kept eye on this house before I bought it, it looked like 4-5 houses around it where geting rebuildt so I tought it was a upper moving neighborhood. We got the house for good price , fixed it up so did the neighbors. But slowly we found out the rest of them where rented out and I ended up being the few of the people living in our house. It is still a nice area, but people move in and out, so I never know what is happening. Some people stop and complement the flowers, I said you can have a nice yard to, they say it is to much work. I am frendly to anybody, but it is supprising how people do not care where and how they live. But Spring is here and that is the best time for me to keep busy with the flowers. This year I am starting to grow clematis and I hope to heve a lots of new growt soon. This a picture some of my flowers last year.
So pretty. Even when we rented, we have always gardened. My prince did the square foot thing with vegetables, and I bordered our walk with marigolds and celosia. We were young marrieds (100 years ago) and enjoyed working in the yard together.
He always tells the story of how he got off the train 1 block from home and followed the smell of garlic to our house. I had made an insecticide of sorts by throwing 2 garlic bulbs and oil in the blender with something else I cannot remember. The smell lasted a week and it got rid of bugs, but the story lasted forever.
Looks like spring to me, too. So pretty and inviting. Love the dog's tail and your border of smooth stones. You've done such a lovely job, I cannot wait to see the next installment of photos and flowers.
museumgirl,Your garden looks like a Cottage garden to me,and your house perfect cottage...you need some Larkspur ,Delphiniums,Zinnias,columbine..
I have the same problem,going from rock garden to tahdah Cottage Rock Garden ...LOL...For what ever reason i thought i couldnt plant tall plants ??? for years !!! NOt anymore anything Goes,if it grows it goes in...
I too have the same issue,cant walk out of any garden center empty handed...
huggergirl, that is gorgeous. I love, love, love columbines. I do have some in my front garden, they are not blooming yet. Also foxglove, delphiniums, lupines and iris. Like tsc in Wisconsin said, it has been COLD here, too, in Michigan. Daffodils were the only show in town until the tulips finally got going.
I should have delphiniums by mid-June, and roses, too, sage, geum, peonies, etc. I am constantly adding to the garden. I have Montauk daisies for fall that are really pretty. I tried some Black Adder Hysop, but unlike its description, it grew seven feet tall and had to be moved!
Thanks for the nice comments about the house; I always wanted a cottage, but didn't think this little tract house could do it!
"can't leave the garden center empty handed.." rings a bell for me, too! Mr Husband calls my stack of plant catalogs "plant porn. I disagree, because I can actually HAVE what's in them, if I want. And I do want!!!
huggergirl, I do love the blue columbines with marigolds, one of my favorite color combos. Are those peonies in the back? So beautiful! I should have my first ever peonies this year! Peonies and iris are my current new fascination.
hello folks love the pics. Just a little rant and rave here. But now I know what to call my garden"cottage garden". My MIL always says my gardens look too cluttered. But i like something blooming at all times and too am a collector of plants any shape , size, or color. Unlike here yard that was done by pros who come in semi anually and do her weeding. I tell her her's looks to sterile andcommon like any strip mall would have. I know a little bitter but ow well. Thanks for listening
I bought peonies and traded for all kinds of lilies, iris, hydrangea and more but had to move/sell at the wrong time of year to take anything with me. I see your beautiful pictures and it breaks my heart! I doubt this house will ever have the gardens as beautiful as the previous 2... oh well...
I suppose I could give up the nightly cocktail(s) to buy more plants...tempting...
my peonies were rescued from a house the city was going to demolish. My mom and dad and I dug up everything we could haul away. Ferns, roses, peonies, sedum, sixty years of the old lady's gardening. It was sad.
The city plowed it all under and then removed the topsoil and built a parking lot. This will be the first year they bloom for me and I am excited. you can see them a little, right under the window
There were a few hedge roses that we could not save, they were just too large. They had suckers, however, and I rescued several of those. They bloom once a year with yellow flowers. I suspect there were a lot of plants we didn't get, but we did what we could.
Hugger, are those peony blooms from this year? My buds are still pretty small, except the tree peonies, and those buds are HUGE. With the new ones moved, there are 18 singles and bombes in our little peony garden near our front porch
Our double peonies always bloom a little later than the others, but it may be their own little micro-climate.
There are peonies in 6 of our 7 gardens. I hope we are here long enough to enjoy them. Except for the doubles, the others were all little bare roots planted by yours truly 4 and 3 years ago, respectively.
My gardening buddy came over the other day and said "I envy you that your Heucheras grow so well for you." I envy his beautiful garden design. Go figure.
I do feel good about those peonies. And if there is the slightest hint of rain, I put plastic bags over the tree peony buds and cut herbaceous peonies to bring inside to give away. It wasn't until we moved some peonies about 6 weeks ago that I realized what kind of roots have developed. Very impressive. Peonies do best when they're covered with no more than 1 inch of soil, yet somehow they seem to sink deeper.
My nephew and his young family bought a home in Easton, MA less than a year ago. I thought it might be nice to have some (tree) peonies sent to him in the fall as a housewarming gift.
This is the new photo of my yellow firehydrant, this is city property but I got tired of cutting the grass, so this is 3 years in the row that I planted my flowers. This year is mostly zinnias, lantanas and a few angelonias.
At the side of the garden my Guara looks nice this year, I guess it is the second year I had them. I have some purple Gomphrenas and more pink Zinnias in between.
Is this considered braging, or just a pround gradener sharing Gods creation.
Kiseta, it looks so pretty against a white picket fence. I haven't had the nerve to plant on my curb strip yet. I'm sure the day I do the city will decide its time to repave the street or something! I have a really ugly lamppost in front of my house.
I love that we can all find a little piece of land to plant, and put in what we love. I think the front garden is great, you are sharing all the beauty with everyone who passes by.
As for peonies, Cathy, you can adopt me, too! In addition to the rescued one, I bought three in a bag from HD. It will probably be three years before they have blooms, but boy, when they do...
cathy,that was last spring ,mine are just budding up now.you all have me thinking i have no Idea why Ive never split up those peonies ever...Boy thats weird..LOL
and I have a 15ft long row of them ??? This fall Im moving some,should I take orders???
kiseta,that will be beautiful.My brother lives in Denver and all the street corners in cherry Creek are planted by home owners,and are soo beautiful,I love that.i love the slow Down and Look affect it has on people.
Museumgirl,soo glad you got to save all the plants you did ,great score for you in a sad way,but not.. =) Cant wait to see them bloom too.loving this thread too. Tamara
I would love to plant the front strip of grass that grows between the sidewalk and the street. Kiseta, your's gorgeous! I don't plant that area because I have enough problems keeping the neighbor kids out of my front beds as it is. It doesn't matter how often you speak to them either. I could understand it if they were little kids, but these kids are 16, 17 and 18...
That is why I put up with loud music and neighbors playing cards uder my window next door until 2AM, because I am afraid that they will get even with mowing my flowers up.Sometime they move away and I have some quet for awile but it is a different way of life with low income renters. I get out in my garden early in the morning to get some nice time with my flowers, the neighbors are still sleeping till 10Am. In this bad situation with housing, I would have to sell for hardly enything or rent out, but I love my house and this why I put up with neighbors who do not care.
Carolyn, our sidewalk is right next to the street and our gardens nearby. As week does not pass when I find (food or drink) trash of some sort from walkers.
Art, your MIL will never know the joy and wonderment of a seedling or bulb that gets nurtured and morphs into a beautiful plant. Her loss, but she won't understand.
Hug and museumgirl, I just dug up the entire plants and was amazed at the woody stems. I get nervous about divisions; you need a very sharp knife. I will say that some of the transplants now have buds, but I won't be surprised if they don't bloom.
Except for one herbaceous peony and a tree peony, all the peonies I purchased came from Costco about 4 years ago. They were little pieces of stick with (I think) one eye, and I did not know what to expect. Last year's blooms were very nice, but this year the plants seemed to have doubled in size, so I'm expecting a bumper crop. I inherited about 10 double peonies and 3 trees, but the others just followed me home. There must be more than thirty in total. I'll post as they bloom.
Kiseta, I don't think there's a better way to manage your walkway and still have it look so pretty.
Cathy, I have planted some confederate jasmine on one side in the front. This year I have planted 25 ft. of the same plants in the back, hoping to give me some fencing from people that do not clean they yard. But the front is hard, because it is the neighbors cross the street that are the loudest, so I just pick my time when to go out, ignore the other times. One house next to me is right now empty so it is a queit time , but it will be a long hot summer, especialy the kids are out till midnight . Serves me right, I haighjaked my husband from the country where we had 2 acres and nice neighbors, now he died and I am stuck in the city. I just make the best of it, otherwise I could just complain, that is not how I want to spend the rest of my life. I noticed some neighbors a street up from me started to plant flowers and complement when they pass bay my house, that should be enough for awile.
Oh, I never heard of Confederate jasmine, but my immediate mental image was of little soldiers lined up along the property line, ready to fire by file! That would do the trick! (smile!)
I am so lucky, I only have one obnoxious neighbor, and she doesn't do anything other than make nasty comments. I just ignore her, but my other neighbors are all great, very friendly. Didn't realize how lucky I am to have that, Kiseta!
I cannot tell you how many times we have spoken to the parents of these kids. It doesn't seem to do any good. DH and I have decided that we are moving when I can finally retire. I told him I want at least 3 acres of land, preferrably more. I don't want neighbors to have to contend with. I'd much rather have deer eating my veggies than to have to deal with these kids...
And a final one of my favorite climber, Fourth of July, maybe? It's just about overwhelmed with the hollyhocks! The pink rose on the right is Nearly wild. The peach one you can barely see is an Easy Elegance, I think it was named sweet fragrance or something like that. I am a terrible record keeper!
i love it..I wish I could have more roses,no early morning sun...But i have west exposeure..mmmm thinking maybe I can...i will have to take some more photos today...Was getting bad photos ...figured it out...had change some settinings not knowng I did...LOL..
East side going up to the drive an garage,a bit to dark yet lots of shade.I love the haphazard plantings,and selfsowers.i dont ever plan,well not often,never worry about color combos.things are really green its at a bit of a lull in color ...but I have 100s of buds everywhere
I have a mouse nest in one...LOL...yes I get wasp nests in some of them,most of my bird houses that sit in my landscape are just decorations,i have 5-6 that i hang on trees for Carolina wrens,I put them out in the woods and such
oh your landscaping is beautiful,sometimes I wish I had a little less...But it is getting easier the more that it fills in ..I did wsing 1st time last winter ,OMG Im hooked growing my own with no hassels...LOVE IT
photo of winter sowed in milk jugs and what I started under lights
i keep trying to get a few other colors going ,but seems to me the deep purple is very hardy... it is a nice vivid deep purple ,as you can tell Im the Haphazard gardner,If a seed sprouts in the middle of the sidewalk ,I wont pull it...Soo where ever the seed falls thats where it will grow,i used to keep everything all neat an tidy...so glad I dont anymore,ive opened my eyes to eclectic cottage rock garden...LOL...Daves also helped me,to realize it does not have to be all perfectly placed to be pretty. a photo from earlier in the spring ...boring...LOL
And, that larkspur is beautiful, amazing!!! I have a few delphinium here and there, but seeing them blooming enmasse, well, that's something to envy!!! Maybe my few little babies will drop seed and spread for next year?
No mowing... AMEN! My last house I had managed to get ALL the grass out and just have flowers and paths. THIS house has an abundance of grass and I sure wish it didn't. Maybe next year we can take out the front yard. I want a semi-circle drive with a 1/2 circle flowerbed within the that curve. THAT would be a LOT easier to maintain that this.
bananas provide potasium id bet...dosent kill JBs,that would be too easy...LOL
psych,actually Larkspur is in the Delphinium family,buy seed now and start sowing it next month and you will have babies that willl winter over,and you will have a bumper crop,i did winter sow several milk jugs too,thats easy also then you have big hunks of seedlings to trans plant.
can I just use 1 gall. nursery flower pots for winter sowing, since I do not use 1 gall. milk jugs, I love Larkspure, In my home country we had them on the side of the road. Thanks.
this is my picture of Angelonia and Agastache
A dear friend brought me seeds from Vermont.To my surprise, even my superior "killing" skills couldn't stop those hollyhocks! I l just love them. My grandmother always grew a big patch of them behind her house in Tennessee. They make me feel nostalgic!
museumgirl,i have black HH and double red ,the red I have are kinda short,but they are shaded a bit by the sunflowers...ck out other colors,some might be different heights ???
im,finally getting drifts of plants growing,and i too love that look,I always cleaned up my gardens too much,not anymore,let it go too seed,well I collect the seed heads and then sow seed where I want it .and Im careful of invasives.
I put in a few seeds for the black hollyhocks this year, but haven't noticed if they are up yet-it is kind of crowded in there! But I think the holllyhocks will die back after their second year and re-seed? don't know, I've never grown them before...
tcs ,my HH are getting ate up and are just starting to come on,Id bet they wont bloom this year,have 1 black and 1 red that bloomed,yes not impressive.. I dont have much color this year coming down the walk and steps ,lots of green ,its sooo shady,then afternoon sun =( but the petunias on the west side are loving this heat. I need to find more shade loving bloomers.
Interesting... I don't have JB's this year. I put down nematodes last year and this year. I wondered if the droughts last year and this year played a part in the lack of JB's. I was so thrilled to see roses blooming and not eaten down to the stem. I could not remember the last time I had seen that!
I am hopeful for next year. If there are no JB's breeding this year, then next year should be the same - hopefully!
I don't know if the drought has an affect on JBs. Last year we had a terrible summer drought, and that was actually the first year I ever had them show up! And I've been here 14 years now. Maybe the drought made them migrate to my yard...
If you continue to have success, I'll have to try those nematodes. Aren't they worms? What kind?
museumgirl,let your HH go to seed and save some,before you cut them down,I love that color too.neematodes are microscopic.
my petunias have gone wild...i wayy over planted ..but it was soo cold an wet,my petunias were eennie for ever..makin up for it now..next year im planting only a few waves no cascading...that grow up not down...LOL
I will be saving seed from the Hollyhocks, they were so pretty this year. The seed was from Vermont Wildflower farm, but I don't remember what variety. Send me D-Mail with your address if you want some. They aren't quite ready yet, but should be soon.
I have been enjoying the pictures of the pretty gardens. Nice job to everyone! Huggergirl: I understand the blue flowers in the May 6th picture are Columbines? Could you please tell me what kind of Columbines they are? From my research, I believe they are Aquilegia vulgaris 'Blue Tower' or Aquilegia vulgaris 'Tower Barlow'?? I am surprised the Aquilegia was blooming with marigolds. I thought Auilegia grew in shade and marigolds bloomed in sun.
Also, you have a picture on July 15th that shows blue flowers. It seems late in the year for Larkspur to be blooming in July.
Everyone's gardens are quite beautiful. Thanks to all for posting your pretty gardens.
I am trying to figure out what seeds to order for winter sowing. I am mostly going to sow perennials. I have much better luck with them.
birder17,I dont know what Columbine it is for sure,Im thinking Blue Tower.Barlow I think are smaller blooms. (maybe ?) I gathered seed from a clients garden. I love them I wish I had as much luck with other varitities,these have naturalized,I help them a little. I always plant Marigolds wherever ,those ended up being buried under Malva,Larkspur,salvia...LOL..Thats a good question on the Larkspur`s this was a great year for them . They seemed to just just keep comming up,and blooming and blooming.we had a rather cool start ,then drought and heat but I watered regular.They are naturalized also now.Ive got a ton of that seed ,and the columbine.Would you like some ?
Yes, I would love to have some seed of both or which ever you could send. They are such a striking color of blue. One can do so much with blue. Blue/White, Blue/Orange/ Blue/Red, Blue/Chartreuse, Blue/Pink, Blue/Yellow. Yes, I would be tickled to receive some seed. I will send SASE.
i love Larkspur,and columbine,and the colors of both are Electric just wonderful.There might be some of the Lavendar or white seed mixed with the deep purple larkspur,all are beautiful. I really dont get many other colors to do as well.I try every year tho..
Your garden in very beutiful, I saved your previous picture of the larkspurs, I am looking to find some seeds. Found some at Swallowtail seed co. Hope to have some grown in the Spring. Where I come from ( I am a Hungarian from Serbia) we have them on the side of the roads, and I always liked larkspurs. I guess I love all the blue flowers. I bought some blue Veronicas this Summer.
Kiseta ,Send me a sase ,I will send you some seed. Do you winter sow ?? Or direct sow ?
Thanks Carolyn,Im missing my blooms too, I must admit the only place I do color combos are my containers,the rest is willy nilly,survival of the fittest..LOL..If you want seed Ill gladly send you some too. I dont do the big seed swaps ,way to overwhelmming for me ..LOL..And I never have a list of I wants..I need to do that.
Photo this is the same area in early spring where the Larkspur were in the last photo,bare ,naked..LOL.. you can see to the right the 100`s of Larspur seedlings
Huggergirl, I would of send you a SASE but do not have your address, I have sent you a Dmail with my address. Or did I missunderstand the whole thing. I am still looking for larkspur seeds if you still have some. Sincerely, Etelka
kiseta,no you didnt misunderstand ,I just got lost ..I can be such an airhead...my address is in the exchange, go to Home , Look for the tab extras,go there,scroll down you will see the address exchange,you can find most addresses there.add yours there too. Im dropping the seed in the mail today. Do you have some seed I might want ??? wintersowing is soo easy an fun. i just find that milk type jugs are just the best to use ,thats all Ive used so far,because you need lids so to speak. Im not familiar with other things to use ,I also like the reuse thing. Id bet you could find water or juice jugs ask your neibor that has kids to save them for you.We will talk more about this later,ive got grankids coming today,need to get things ready.We are decorating gingerbread houses ,and Gramma need to put them together ...LOL..seed is in the mail.
Carolyn, it was you who I sent seed to wasnt it??? LOL have you received it ???
Birder,i ll ck an see if your listed in the AE an ill send you seed today also.I`s dotted t`s crossed..I think i got it...LOL
Cancel that...Carolyn and Beth let me know who I sent seed to...im soo sorry ...LOL..kiseta ,yours is in the mail
Huggergirl: First time I have been on here since Thanksgiving. I had the big meal at my house, so trying to get re-organized. I will get my list of seeds recorded. I have not used that section of this website, so don't know how to do this. I sent you a self addressed envelope earlier. Let me know if I need to do something else. BTW, my name is in the address list.
Birder ,there is a place to do that here ...LOL..I dont have a list of seed here..I need to tho..LOL ..Im not well oragized as far as my seed stuff goes .I need to focus on that . We have a new puppy ,she keeps me busy,trying to get her trained ,She is Potty trained 15 weeks old,I can trust her completely,she rings bells to go outside..Yay
I dropped an envie full of seed in the mail for you,should get it today or tomorrow.
I use both the haves/wants lists and the trade tracker.
both are a great part of this web site.
for adding seeds, i found the easiest way to list what you HAVE or WANT is... do a "google"
in the search terms, enter the seed [scientific or common] and include Davesgarden in the terms... that way, the direct link to PlantFiles will come up.
towards the bottom of that page, there will be something that says, Add this to my Haves or Add this to my Wants
it's been a while since i've done it, so that is from memory. but it's pretty snappy.
Trade Tracker is great too for keep track of past trades, or say someone says... can you send me "this" in the spring... Set up a trade with said person, and leave yourself a note as to when you are sending.
tcs: Thanks for the info. I will try your suggestions. Right now, things are hectic as I just finished hosting a big group for Thanksgiving and am still recovering from that: putting furniture back, freezing food, making turkey broth etc. etc. etc. I am also getting the stuff out for Christmas decorating. So, it may be after Christmas before I can drag my seeds out and get them on DG. I do appreciate the information as I am somewhat over whelmed with posting the seeds etc.
huggergirl: I am so looking forward to your generous offer of your flower seeds. The flowers in your pictures are just beautiful. I hope mine can look somewhat like your garden/s. It is kind of you to share your seeds and I thank you.
Tamara, I have read about the larkspurs that they do not like to be moved after they sprout. I have a lots of cake tops, clear plastic about 9" radius, 6 " high. could I use that for overwintering with the idea of drilling holes on sides for ventilation and cover the seeds directly in ground so they won't have to be moved. I am kind of a packrat, so anything I don't have to pay for comes handy.Thanks, I will let you know when my seeds arrive and I will send money. Etelka
kiseta,dont worry about the postage. Larkspur that are already sprouted and growing now, will winter over just fine without cover,But if you are wanting to direct winter sow ,what you worry about is the seed ending up being eatin ,unless you have a lot of seed.Thats why we wintersow in milk jugs,and the jugs act as mini greenhouses protecting the seed and seedlings,until trans plant.Larkspur will trans plant fine out of the jugs ,Ive had good luck moving wintered over seedlings in the early spring being very careful of the roots ,they did amazingly well..Very Early tho..Once you get them started in your gardens you will pretty much have them forever,I always help selfsow ,and i always collect a lot of most seed heads around here.Makes my gardens very different every year with out much effort on my part,I like a full garden. Wintersowing in jugs is soo great. Ive only done it 1 time,gearing up already...LOL
Terese,good to hear from you,I soo need to do the seed thing..Im Bad...LOL ..thanks for the info, i need to surf around here more, I`d learn more too..LOL..umm your gardens are beautiful too,I d love to see them someday
I love fairy roses. There's nothing more romantic. I have too many Japanese beetles to grow roses. You're going to have to post a picture when your roses are in their glory.
One word-- I mean plant--- Four O'clocks! Japanese beetles love them! They're worse than a crack addict locked up in a cocaine factory over Christmas or Imelda Marcos in a Jimmy Choo warehouse when it comes to Four O'clocks. They'll choose them over just about any plant alive. Thing is they come for lunch and are dead before dinner cause the plants are poisonous to them. I have roses and cherry trees in my yard and since I've started growing them I have had no problem while my neighbors are eaten to the roots. They are the quintensential cottage garden plant, are pretty as all get out, come in wonderful clear victorian colors and are beautifully fragrant and easy to raise from seed.
Another good plant for them is larkspur (drop dead in mid-flight) and nicotiana works some as well. The other thing to try is steep 1/2 a pack of Camel cigarettes in a milk jug of water and spray it on the plants after straining it then pull out the miniature coffins by the gross.
I have found the beneficial nematodes go a long ways towards helping to keep JB's in check. I know previously that my poor roses weren't allowed to open their flowers because because the JB's would just eat them down to nothing.
The JB's still appear in my yard, because I don't treat my neighbor's yards, but I am to a point where my roses can at least open.
I order them through Arbico and they are easily put down in the Spring or Fall when it is going to be wet for a week or so to help get the nematodes into the ground. Once in the ground, the nematodes will attack the JB's while they are still in the grub stage.
I like an exuberant garden. I love the idea of a darker plant behind the bunny. Plant what you like and let it grow. If you don't like it, move it elsewhere. I would go for more. Maybe wider. I am not a fan of lawn. ...a couple more shrubs...and some ground cover. I like strawberries and perennial geraniums. The natural world is beautiful and not really planned.
I too love the exuberant garden, one I hope to have once the porch is fixed/rebuilt. My color theory is: if I like a color then it goes with any other color I have. Just look at my shirts in the closet! I think "careless combinations" of color, texture, size, bloom time, whatever, is the definition of modern cottage gardening.
Our most recent house has wisteria, pink dog wood and I'm trying like crazy to get it all cleaned up and flowers put in. It's been sadly neglected due to the previous owner poor health so I have quite a job ahead of me! I work full time and I husband is recovering from surgery so I can only do so much at one time!
I can hardly move today! I spent all of yesterday taking down old rotten wooden lattice that surrounded the patio and put up new white vinyl lattice. Do you know how hard it is to handle 4 x 8 lattice and attach it suspended when you're working alone? I finally figured out if I used a C-clamp at the middle, then I could get a screw in before it dropped out of place.
I dug up and capped off the sprinklers in the front yard... one step closer to my new parking area!
I dug out an old rose that had gone wild and transplanted in a clematis. Museum, did your husband make that trellis that is to the left of the window in your front yard, the one with the curved edge? Did he have plans? Could I have a close up of that? I love that trellis and would love to make some.