I would love too, but no way this year, I am going to ask admin to unsticky that thread and let it roll on off and put a sticky on this one for us. I do believe the original poster Sarge no longer posts on Dave's Garden.
Wonderful Mary it has been so long since I have seen you and Lisa. Hope Emily can make it. Come to think of it I don't think I have seen Jeri since that last time I saw you. Can't wait.
Mary yes it is just a one day trip that we do together. It is about half way between me in the north part of the state and all of you in the southern part. I hope you can take off so I can get a chance to meet you.
Well just think about it Charlotte maybe you could kill 2 birds with one stone. Just saying!!! LOL!!! Visit your DG family and shop, shop, shop and visit your other family too. Then get home in time to work for the next few months!!!!
Like I told Cindy I really do need to come down that way. Just have to see. It's really brothering me that haven't been down to the family cementary in a long time. I own some land down there that I would also like to go look out.
Thanks Cindy! I don't know if it will be March but I do plan to get down some time by this summer. I know the cemetery is fine but just like to go visit every so often. I also have someone who looks after my land but also just like to actually look at it every now and then!! LOL I really miss my aunt who lived in Spearsville. I would go down and visit her and she would take me around to all the old places. She didn't think anything of just running down to Monroe for lunch!
Pontotoc ,Mississippi which is in northeast Mississippi between Tupelo and Oxford.
I am actually in the "town" of Algoma, former" crosstie capital of the world". It is so tiny that we have one traffic light and it is just for looks ! After living in the Jackson MS area for 35 years it is hard to adjust to this country life.
hello ! yes, I have been absent. Mostly too tired ( and too lazy) to get on at night. Not only are we STILL working on the house although we have been in it almost 4 yrs now but, of course, I have my mom to sort of "care for",too. I also joined the neighboring county's master gardening group and the local homemakers club (which is also part of the county extension office and requires you to keep track of volunteer hours).
My mom had been pretty independent when I came up here, but slowly I could tell her mind was getting worse. The "Big A", as we call it in our family, runs in the females and since Davids parents both had dementia, as well as my grandmother, I am well aware of the signs. Then, this past November, mama had a stroke. For 2 days she didn't open her eyes or respond to sound or pain. We even had the talk with the dr. about what her wishes were about DNR. Really scary. All of the sudden she woke up! She never had paralysis - just her mind got worse. She stayed 2 weeks in the hospital where she had therapy , then came home and had home health care for 1 and a half months. Most people would not even notice there is anything wrong with her. Just those of us that know her. The dr. is not letting her drive now, and I hope never will again. That ties me down of course. I am now a permanent driver . She did agree to wear a Life Alert necklace so she can call me if she needs me, but like the last time - she wasn't aware there was anything happening to her. My sister just happened to call her and mama answered the phone but couldn't form words. My sister called me. Otherwise it would have been several more hours before I would have found her and things might have been much worse.
Sorry, didn't mean to write a novel ! She is up and looking forward to daylily season. My neuropathy is much worse, as is my knee and back. Hmmm, getting old is the pits !!!!! I am at least going ! Slow but sure.
In Clinton I had over 1200 daylilies. Most of the ones I tried to bring with me ended up dying before I got them in the ground that first fall. I had to start buying again. I am up to close to 200. That is all the room I have. David says he refuses to make more beds cause I can't take care of them :)
Libby I am doing good. I had back surgery this last year that helped a lot. How is your health? Glad to hear your mom is still alive. I didn't want to ask since it had been so long since we had seen you. Tell David I said hello. I was thinking of him yesterday when I moved one of those stakes y'all made. I love them.
My neuropathy is worse, but not to where I can't function. My knee is getting to where it is in constant pain,along with my lower back. Years ago I had both back and knee surgery. The back surgery was to cut a cyst off my lower spine. Although they said it was "successful" I have had back pain ever since. They said I had arthritis in my spine and degenerative discs.
For even longer I have struggled with my knee. I have what looks like half a golf ball on the side of the knee. The surgery did nothing to help.The pain is getting so bad now I am about to be forced to have something done. After the last surgery I had I almost stopped breathing and they had to call down the surgeon and anesthesiologist to work on me, so I am almost scared to have surgery again. Also, I don't know who would drive for my mother while I couldn't. Lots to think about ! Like her, I still get around and do what I can. It could always be worse !!!
Libby, I also wanted to tell you that your daylilies have spread joy all over. I have shared them with many, many people. The most rewarding though is for the last couple years we have had a daylilies for postage for newbies to daylilies here on DG. The recipients are usually so thankful. Last year when I was going through physical therapy I shared your and my babies with the therapists there. They were so excited because they had no idea they came in so many colors and so beautiful.. We had a flood here in 2009 and my daylilies were under water for nearly six weeks. I lost about half of the 350 different varieties that I had but at least I know the ones that survived were very hardy. I have really enjoyed growing them from bought seed the last few years. It's a crapshoot what you are going to get and that is the only thrilling way to gamble for me. LOL I should have about 40 bloom this year that I have never had bloom yet. I didn't do any seed this year because I am moving my daylilies around and didn't want to fool with new babies. My daughter in law Rebecca has moved twice but she has transplanted all the plants you gave her each time. She and my son have a beautiful yard. Course it helps when you have 2 people working it. Mine is just me and I never seem to get around to finishing anything. I plan to move a few of the daylilies to the camp but I know I will have to deal with the deer. I have always been surprised that they don't eat them here at the house real bad.
I remember all the photos where they would eat yours clean to dirt level. Sorry to hear you are having more health problems.
Deer like it here, too, unfortunately ! They ate all the buds out of my camellias and knocked over a lawn chair David had stakes through to hold it down just to get to my daylilies. Nothing seems to stop them. I wanted to get a Great Pyrenees to keep them away but then I know some of them dig big holes in the yard, so I might be getting myself into trouble ! I do love big dogs, but mine is useless ! he barks at everything he hears or thinks he hears but doesn't seem to scare off the deer.
i do wish I had shared even more daylilies with all of you than I did. I was so stingy ! I left soooo many of my daylilies in Clinton because the person buying our place was to become the new director of the local nature center. I thought "what better person to entrust all my plants to if I HAVE to leave so many behind ! " Then David made several trips back to the area within the next year and said it looked like our yard had not been mowed since we left it, much less any gardening done. It made me sad to think that my plants were not being cared for. I spent 25 years gathering samples of plants for that yard ! Oh well... life goes on.
Yes, those of us with a partner that helps us in the yard are so blessed !! My mom reminds me of that almost every day during pretty weather. I loan him out to her as much as possible but I need him here. He has helped her with some of her new daylily beds but swears he won't build me another one ! I think I have about 21 new daylilies ordered for this spring, so I don't know what I am going to do with them if he doesn't crank out the ole tiller :)
My yard would love that too!!!! I went on the weather channel for Feb. & March and we're looking good. Easter isn't until April and we usually have one last freeze around then. The pecan trees haven't budded out so anything is possible.
Wow Thanks Jeri ! Very interesting ...so if we stay around averages we'll be fine... but we usually have a freeze before Easter...
If we make it to Easter and no Freeze then do you start planting then Jeri ? It will sure be hard to wait though...
Maybe I'll buy some of the cheaper plants and put out "just in case"... My swap plants are counting the days so they can go into the ground... they are still scared I'm gonna kill them off before that happens. I've gotten where I don't even water or look at them until they start looking wilty... LOL
LOL Jeri - I am scared.. and the plants are even "Scareder" LOL...
I REALLY want to make it 3/15 but I'm not sure I will be able to... I don't get many days off from work (10 and 4 of those are going to Disney) and I've got something I'm planning that makes my vaca days even more scarce...
I totally missed out on the Hibiscus club field trip to the Dupont nurseries today so I'm a bit bummed about that...
BUT the SWAP that I've been to twice now is now scheduled for April 28th... so I'm hoping to make that...
and ANYONE who would like to join me... please chime in... we'd love to have you !
A lady neighbor was walking her dog yesterday in a tank top and short shorts in our 78 degrees. She said she was enjoying summer. I told her I was planting a lot but that our typical "last frost" date is April 15!
That made her think for a couple of seconds and she realized that we have a WAAAAY to go before she can kick around in her tank tops and short shorts. Sheesh!
I've just started tidying the garden as since I garden for wildlife I leave all the dead plants up to act as protective cover for the critters. I am seeing tiny new growth on things like phlox, roses, wild geranium, other stuff has never died back so there's plenty of green.
I am very excited - doing a lot of sowing - didn't do much of anything last year because of the hand injury. Hope you all enjoy the weekend! Get to it!!!!
I soak mine and then nick about 3 times on the bottom of the seed. They are very easy other than that. Last season I just opened the pods and spread them around the pot that held my RTS. I also have the white.
Can you guys tell me what you "nick" with? I looked for propagation info on the RTS hibiscus and all said germination was easy. It's been some time since I tried to grow seeds that needed to be "nicked with a file."
The seeds are smallish to have to nick every one. :/
Guess I'll sow more than one container to ensure I get some. I also received seeds in trade of the white variety so I'm hoping to get at least one of each...
Edited to say I have only ever used a metal nail file and tried to rub a indentation into the seed. I know the purpose, but it's hard to say when you've done it right. I guess trial and error is the only science behind it.
I just found my seeds (of course they were in an envelope that spilled out in the drawer)... They look round to me... not sure what the 'bottom' of the seed ...some look like they have a bit of a "point" to them... do I need to nick the malabar spinach seeds too ?
You can nick them anywhere. I nick my seeds with cuticle nippers that you can get at Walmart. Anything that you can get through the outer layer with is good. I filed my hands too much on the very small seeds. Sometimes if you are going to nick them with a clipper like that and they are round it is best to soak them for awhile first to soften the out layer a bit. Some seeds are really hard to nick. On those I will file them to rough up a place then soak a little then nip, sometimes soak again before planting. I germinate most of these type seeds with the baggie method. Much faster and you don't have to guess if the seed was viable. Hybiscus, datura, morning glory, echinacea, gallardia, rudbeckia, these all germinate well using the wet paper towel or coffee filter, baggie then store in a warm place. I just put them on top of my fridge. I have a glass room and a green house but I still prefer this method.
I've sprouted all kinds of seeds over the years, but lately I've gathered some seed in trade that are more tropical and for some reason those seem to require more stratification/scarification and hassle with individual seeds is not something I care to do unless the seeds are large.
Like Jatropha! Ha.
Thanks for your thoughts. The clippers and/or nail file then it shall remain.
Hey Cindy!!! Glad you made it home OK!!! Mary said you did some more serious shopping after you left us!!! We had a ball!!!
I use the liquid and I spray it around them. I try not to spray it directly onto my plants but of course, there is always over-spay and the wind to allow for. I've never used the granular but it may be easier to apply more exactly where you want it to go. I'm fighting dollar weed and nutsledge. It works good against both of these.
O thanks Jeri. But I sooooo enjoy pulling those weeds for hours at a time. :D
I don't use killing agents in my yard. The weeds are not bad, my beds are fairly well established and somehow it seems the only weeds that show up are the kind that spread with runners. I have only been here 3 years and haven't amended all the beds as well as I'd like. We have dug most of it up, and you know we have red clay. I'm told the gentleman who used to own this house planted a very large garden back here, but you wouldn't really know it to see the soil.
The clay gets compacted over time from rain and sun. It makes a pretty nice, impervious surface for weeds. ;)
I did enjoy some quality time in the garden today and even found a couple of little things sprouting that I would never have noticed from a distance. Fa la la la la.
I'm another one of those that has a thing about weed killer!!! LOL I guess I'm just afraid it's going to kill something I don't want it to. In the back I'm always afraid it will end up somehow getting in the pond and killing my fish! So I just pull! Well I take it back I do have a guy that comes every 3 months and kills the weeds in my little patch of lawn in the front and he also fertilizes it. He is not one of the lawn services. He doesn't mow lawns or do any other kind of lawn maintenance. He only kills weeds and fertilizes and really knows what he is doing. I got rid of all the grass in the back and it just has stone and plants. LOL
I started today weeding the 3 raised beds at my neighbor's house across the street. Very dense roots on these weeds. The soil is not too deep in the beds so the roots prolly go straight down to the ground. The beds are not sealed properly underneath - it looks like they put gravel underneath and not plastic to keep out weeds. SO I think when we plant I will cover with landscape fabric or heck, just newspapers to keep down/kill the weeds. We can cut a slit in the paper and put the slip of a plant in there.
The soil, what's there, is a nice sandy loamy mix. The people who lived there before also have a 2 bay compost pile and 2 55 gallon drums for water attached to the garage downspout. There was a lot of gunk on top of the one pile of compost, but after I put all the weeds in that I'd dug out, I rotated the pile to the new bin and the soil underneath is black gold! :D
I've always wanted a compost bin. Now I have one. Ha.
Best get for now. Lots to do and it looks like we might get some more rain.
I put down that landscape cloth and have absolutely HATED it for the last 15 years. My weeds were retarded and grew on top of the landscape cloth and the cloth choked down my tiller so that I had to manually pull up all 10 beds of the mess!!! The newspaper will break down so that may be better.
iewwww Jeri - that sounds rotten. This house we moved into had some of the fabric in the soil at the back of the yard where they'd had a children's playset. I have tried to pull it up, but there's still some around. The yard is not really grass, and most of the space is flower beds now anyway. :)
I am wondering who even GETS the paper anymore - don't know who to ask so I'll have to start wandering around shopping centers or doctor's offices to pick up discarded newspapers. Ha.
I use cardboard boxes in my yard to kill weeds and put soil/lawn clippings/weeds/leaves whatever on top to hold it down. Takes a while to break down but it's effective. Seems a little much for those raised beds. I'll let you know how it works out.
I do!!! LOL I keep threatening to discontinue it ...but!! I do save them and use a lot in the yard. I use them under my mulch to help control weeds. We are just starting a community garden and I took all my newspapers and all the boxes I could find down and put in the bottom as many raised beds as I could before we filled them with dirt. I think the guy dumping the dirt in thought I might be a little touched!!! LOL
I have never tried a lasagna bed but have heard wonderful things about it. I had a bulldozer take off all the grass and then I put down the landscape cloth and then had top soil brought into the beds. I ended up with 2 long gravel trucks of large limestone and to keep my DH from killing me when we discovered I couldn't use them anywhere near the pond to prevent the lime from leaching into the pond water and kill my future fish. Sooo I used them to hold down all that landscape cloth. It didn't take long and nice top soil converted to nice blue clay. I've never heard of anyone ruining their soil this bad and now I'm fighting my way back. If I couldn't do something wrong it wouldn't be me. I could almost write a book if it wouldn't be too sad!!! LOL!!!
Jeri when I decided to eliminate all the grass in the backyard (after re sodding so many times I can't even remember) I put a very thick layer of newspaper down over what little sod was left and put compost/mulch over that and left it for several months. Doing that I've had no problem growing right over all the pine tree, azalea and other tree roots. I keep a compost pile going and every year I try to put a little new compost in certain beds.
On another vein - something has already been eating my brug leaves! Can't imagine what. I have a variegated one that I know the leaves were in really good shape when I bought it out the end of last week. Something has chewed the devil out of those leaves. Looks like a slug or a caterpilllar - I've looked all over and can't find anything!!!
Amanda You can use the unbleached paper you get from your local moving company that is designed for packing. It works very well if you can get it cheap enough. Sometimes they have paper that the bundle is dirty or busted and will sell it at a reduced rate.
Jeri lime is actually used to reduce the compactness of clay. Why did you lose the good soil under it or was it already scraped away?
Charlotte I had more trouble with bugs eating that variegated brug that Kenny gave us than any green one. Remember the picture I posted when in one day it was completely stripped of all leaves? The tomato horn worm loves it but you will see droppings. The green grasshoppers love to eat it too. Since I had the back surgery last fall I couldn't bring my pot in and my cutting rotted so I guess I will not be fighting the bugs off it this year. I had to constantly spray it, even the systemic poison wouldn't keep them off it. I loved it though because it was beautiful without any blooms.
I'm going to really go over the variegated brug really good today. The one I have is Maya. I bought mine some where and it is a good size now. When I took it outside it had a lot of really healthy leaves. They are now chewed to pieces. I noticed this morning that some of the other brugs sitting in the same group also have some chewed leaves. I just sat a bunch of them in a group right outside the workshop. I'm going to spray them today and try to get them moved around some. This is the first time I've had trouble with bugs eating Maya.
Ya'll are teaching me something here... Trying to plant swap plants. The area I chose I turned over this weekend.
These plants don't like much water... and it's clay...After all this rain, the area has not drained yet...
So here's a combination my thoughts, a landscaper friends advice, and the above: Dig up about 1/2 foot of clay...build the bed up (I'll use large rocks for the border). put down a mix of lime, sand, and soil and build up about a foot, then plant.
Mary I expanded a bed in my front yard a few years ago so I could put in day lilies. I had zosia (sp is wrong) grass in the area. I dug it up - actually I was able to just peel it up! Then I outlined the bed with large stone. Then I bought in several truck loads of compost and built it up. I ended up with probably 10 or 12 inches of compost in some areas - some not so much. My plants have really like it and have really done well.
MaryandLance - I would never put lime down unless I had a soil test. What's the point?!
I wonder if you put some kind of fill in for drainage and then put your soil mix on top of that . . ..?
Also - I thought I'd read that a lot of sand in clay is not necessarily a good thing. A good ratio for soil is 2 to 1 pine bark fines to sand, but that's for potting, not sure about soil conditioners.
Maybe I should stop talking now. :D
Riverland - I have some of that paper from moving, but not enough to make a dent. I have been gathering cardboard boxes for my own yard and new beds. I told my neighbor friend to start collecting newspapers. :)
Here's a side note on that "unbleached paper." There is something toxic about it. I raise butterflies from caterpillar stage here. I lined a tank with that paper one year - I ran out of paper towels and figured it'd be okay.
I was in a rush, on my way out of town. When I put those monarch caterpillars in the tank on that paper they reared up their heads like something was wrong. My BF told me not to worry. More than half of them died some strange unnatural death over the weekend I was gone. I have never seen such a thing. Makes me wonder what the paper was treated with.
This is paper in a box sold by UHaul for shipping.
Wow - Thanks Cperdue, Jeri and Amanda... you saved me a potential disaster.
I'll bring some soil to the LSU show tomorrow... I'm working at the Hibiscus booth 2p-4p Jeri - if you are around !
Maybe someone there can sample it. Then will stop and look for some gypsum.
We did some composting this year and it hasn't broken down yet completely... Hubs has some cow manure ...sounds like a combination of this would be best... but I'll take any more advice if ya'll have any.
Mary, my Mary & I plan on being there around 9:30AM. I have to be back in Central for Cooking for the Kids at lunch and Brooklyn is dancing after the cook off. Everything happens in one day. Plus all the walks are going on in St. Francisville. LOL!!!!
Hi Jeri! Just wanted to say again I really enjoyed the Forest Hill trip...even if it was a short one.You, Cindy, & the others are a hoot! I went back to FH the following week and spent the day. Did you see the Nong Nooch Vine at Dougs? He had a few when I went back. Love this vine!
I'll post pictures later tonight on Mid-south gardening of all of you. They turned out cute!
Morning Jeri, We are well.
Mother had a couple of Strokes last year and we had to move her to a nursing home. It has been a busy year getting her adjusted. She is doing well.
Lyn is doing well, no more signs of the cancer. She is still in Montana, The boys and their famlies are too busy like everyone else.
We lost out two little dogs "Picabo" and "Doodle" last year at 16 & 17. I said "no more dogs. That lasted for about two months until a friend placed a tiny ball of fluff in my hands a year ago yesterday. I knew she was supposed to be part of my life...She is...She runs it now. I hope I can get envolved on Daves Garden again. I think of everyone often.
I am going to try to post a picture of Roy, Me and our new addition "Maggie".
Betty you look great and it has been way too long!!! Glad your mom and Lyn are doing well now. So sorry to hear of the lost of your two dogs!!! You have to admit, to have lived so long they had good lives. Maggie is adorable!!!! I'm glad she has adopted you and Roy!!! Yall look happy!!!!
Just wanted to check in and introduce myself, I've been poking around the different forums and posting here and there for a few weeks. Now that I followed the mid south forum ( and it wasn't easy to get to here.:) ) I wanted to chime in with like minded folks. I'm an imported southerner. Moved to e. TN 2 years ago from NYC where i was only able to garden on an occaisonal roof with 5 gal. buckets. Orig from Cinti OH but lived in So.Cal as a kid. ( had a hippie mom with gypsy blood) Anyhoo, I LOVE it here. I have been able to have flowers and a nice veg garden last year. I have gardened on and off for years, but am now quite the avid plant person. I think the variety of wildlife here has gotten me more interested. I am doing almost everything from seed and chem.free. Last year I was bitten by the hummingbird bug and have started a hummer/butterfly garden. Can't wait for them to come back! Ok, well I look forward to knowing all of you.
Thanks for the warm welcome!
I made the big leap and put all my veggies in my 3
new raised beds (built by great husband) this weekend. Whew! Now its a matter of hanging my nose over the edge of the beds to babysit these plants. I will not miss ferrying them in and out of the house. I got over excited by the unseasonably warm temps and planted okra way too soon. It was a gamble, and I lost. The 2 nights of 32-36 degrees we had last week put an end to them. Lucky there were seeds left, so those are just now poking their heads above the surface. They should be ready right on time. Did anyone else lose during that brief cold spell?
I was fortunate. Only my haricort verts showed a little burn around the edges - they were the most recent sprouts and probably more tender.
Do you think we're clear of it yet? I have had a few of my WS seedlings looking a little sickly so I brought them in until the temps get back to 60-70. I'm not eager for the high heat though, believe me!
Better luck with the new okra starts. There's a southern food I've not grown a fondness for! ;)
Okra is a funny thing. I hated it for years. Turns out it had always been overcooked. Ick. Since my husband really likes it I started adding it to my tamale pie (you know, taco meat with corn,rotel and cornbread on top) and it was good. No slime factor. Then it went in chili, gumbo of course, it is popular also in indian food. As i used it more, I enjoyed it more. Last year I grew about 6 plants of clemson spineless that were un spectacular to put it kindly. Each one gave me about a pod every other day. My dirt was clay and they were kinda crammed together. I learned here at DG that they don't like to be crowded. This year I will have more plants, and in my new raised beds with decent dirt they can have elbow room.
Weather...sigh... Sunday and Monday may have evening lows around 37-40. I worry, but I believe we are out of the woods. Although, anything can happen. I am looking forward to summer, but not the humid southern scorchers. It beats cold,grey and ice though,so bring on the sun!
Jeez Louise! what a wild start to the week! Weather forecast was talking mid 30 temps for Sun & Mon nights. Ugh! I just put all my plants, and veggies out. Shopped for some last minute fillers for butterfly/hummer area on Sunday.(of course I spent 2x my budget!lol! even with using the clearance rack.) Anyhoo, picturing all my hard work with starting almost everything from seed just to end up frozen...I almost cried. Then I got to WORK! Anything in a pot came in the house. Covered everything in yard with sheets, drapes, old tshirts, anything but underwear! My Husband is a carpenter/painter so we have dropcloth(too stiff) and some very thin plastic sheeting. This stuff is like gossamer...we stapled it over the raised beds with some 5gal buckets to keep it off the plants. Then, I stayed glued to the thermometer and worried. Sunday, never got under 50. worried some more, spent half the time checking the weather reports. Monday, never got under 43. So, all's well that ends well. Who would have thought that gardening was such an emotional rollercoaster! LOL!
Awwww - that sounds like a mess. Are you just going by TV weather reports? I keep close tabs on several weather sites for local reports. While the overnight forecasts can vary by several degrees, if any one of them says 35, then I do the drill.
I watch Wunderground Weather, Accuweather, NOAA, mainly if I'm in a panic.
We didn't get frost, but it was pretty close the other day. I brought my tiny stuff in too - just because the leaves are yellowing from the on and off sun and hot and cold days. Looks like it will level off this week. I know my friends in east TN/western NC had snow over the weekend, so I feel lucky. :D
No tv reports. I hate daytime tv. Chances are if I turn it on during the day, it will be some show with people arguing. Talk show, judge show, whatever, arguing. UGH! Oops, sorry about that rant. Anyhoo... I check accuweather,wunderground and weatherchannel online. Once they start talking about going under 40deg I get worried and start getting down the linens. I think it will be smooth sailing from here on out. For real this time.
Today's weather is wild! Stormy skies with very brief heavy rains. I took down the hanging basket on the porch, no sense getting bopped on the head with a flying fuschia!
Got behind on this thread... wanted to say welcome to scarletbean!
Also, wanted to say Hello to Picabo... been missing your posts Betty. Asked about you a few months back on one of the other threads because I wondered where you had been. Sorry to hear about your babies, but glad you have a new baby to rule the roost. and so glad to hear that your daughter is cancer free!!
I want to join this thread too. As you can see by my board name, I used to live in Belgium which is when I joined Dave's Garden. I also have lived and gardened in VA, OH, CA- both southern and great valley, NM, FL, VA again but this time in shade, and now Northern Alabama hopefully forever, My favorite gardening place was Belgium which was the same climate zone as I have here with the winter, however, the summers there were somewhat milder. Fortunately, here I live in a elevated setting in the woods and that helps a lot with the heat. We moved here last summer and waited until this spring to start doing anything to the landscaping. Good thing I did that because I found we have lots of trilliums. It is a big yard and it will take me years to get all the 20 garden areas I have divided this large place into just the way I want it. This year, we are focusing on a few garden areas only. We redesigned and planted two shade beds. We redesigned and are planting a part of a large part sunny area. We got rid of a large dead hickory that died over the winter (which is why I now have a part sunny area) and also an almost dead redbud. The last owners must have gotten some bad planting advice or used a bad landscaper because a lot of what they had planted was incorrectly placed or totally out of place/ LIke we had some type of ground cover juniper lining a brick stairway to our mailbox. One side was this juniper along with a hill of liriope interspersed with a Japanese Maple and a Chinese Fringe Flower bush. Well the liriope is aggressive and the juniper doesn't like our shady yard. So it became scraggly and I am pulling it out and planting lilies to line the walk instead. Or the front border by the house- they planted four types of holly each having many bushes, an invasive mahonia, three nandina, three arborvitaes, two gardenias, two golden eonymus, and lots of azaleas. This was all for one side of the house border and it is not that large of a house. Way too many large plants crowded into a not that big of an area and the plants were showing it. The arborvitae had been almost completely destroyed by . So far, we are working on one part of this area and we will redo the rest of the holly/azalea mess in the fall.
Hi, Chris, and welcome! Both to DG and to Huntsville! I am a native of this area (Guntersville)...still here and just outside Huntsville now on a 'farmette'. My DD lives in Huntsville and our other kids in Birmingham. Glad to know you will be here a while and it's good to have some Alabama company on this forum!
Thanks Mary!!! I would love for you to come out and see my garden. We'll get into something. Maybe you can help me figure out where to put all these plants I still have sitting around since March. I carry them all around the yard and bring them back to the carport. Pick up another one and start over.
Just let me know. I am limping around anyway. Lucky and Jimmy's American Bull dog were playing and knocked me down in the sonroom. I landed on both of my knees and hurt my left knee really bad. That wasn't bad enough, then they ran over me. The swelling has gone down and I'm hoping to be up and going soon. Mary and I are alternating knee braces. LOL!!!!
It's doing better this week. I have to get better and quick too!!! The MG Plant Sale is May 12 which is next weekend. I will be insane next week for sure helping to get everything ready. We'll move those plant at least a thousand times before this is over. LOL!!!!
It's official, got my TN license this week and changed my DG location - I am a Mid-Southerner!
Just read the many posts since my original post nearly a year ago. Glad to see so many military families here. My husband was in the USMC but missed deployment for the first Gulf War. He deployed to Afghanistan with the National Guard a few years ago. DG and my garden were a huge source of comfort while he was gone.
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I would love to have made that trip but good thing I didn't take off this morning b/c if it could go wrong here it has, today. I'm so tired right now, I need to just rest but unfortunately, it's not in the cards for me. I went out to feed my fish this morning and the bottom pond was drained of all but about 6" of water my biggest fish was 1/2 out of the water. Good thing I made it out there before the sun made it around to the back side of the house. I put the hose into the top pond and ran to Watson to get 3 bottles of the stuff that takes clorine out of the water. Then I had to the high school 3 times for different things for Ashley. Rush back get Brooklyn off the bus and then water the yard. The best thing about today was I found the most gorgeous black crepe myrtle. I have to share a picture that does not do it justice.
Mary, we're never gonna get back together. Your schedule is as bad as mine.
I have to cut back most everything that I put in the g/h so it will all fit. I also cut back my angel trumpets, ti plants and fire spikes so they fit better under the frost cloth. I also have tons of different EE that I could probably fill up your car. Let me know what you need? LOL!!!
Oh Jeri - I would hate to cut anything back ! I still am naive enough to think I can save everything (and last winter was NOT a good teacher)
Everything is gorgeous rightnow... I could not stand to cut anything back... even knowing I should...
we don't have a GH... so I suppose I'll just deal with the loss... if necessary...but PLEASE if you can make it by... let me give you the Sea Grape cutting that I owe you...I certainly am not one to have plants survive over the winter...
sweated it out last year with plants in the house... ! Don't like potted plants at all !
I finally finished my perennial bed, I started it in the spring but have not had much time to work on it, plus the heat and humidity has been pretty bad this summer. I had put a lot of my sun tolerant Hostas out front (morning sun only) but they fried anyway. I just dug them up last week and planted Daylilies in their place. So now I am working on a new Hosta bed. Might not be able to finish that till next spring. But I have them in a nice place under the trees. Ahhhh the life!
The only thing that has gotten cut back is the Black Eyed Susan's (goldstrum) last year it was a nice clump from a single plant the year before but this spring I noticed about twenty shoots all around the clump and by the end of the summer it had taken over the whole bed. So I cut it back and dug it up, only keep a small clump and planted it in a very dry part of the yard so it wont be quite so happy.
The next thing that will get cut back is my Cup Plant, it got bent over because of a storm and I did not know they were so delicate.
My Hibiscus are still blooming, so is my rose of Sharon 'Diana', plus I have buds all over my fall blooming Camilla, I still have blooms on my Knock-out Roses, Morning Glory Tree, Miscanthus, and Crape Myrtle.
Your Rose of Sharon is gorgeous ! I've never seen that color... I have the double white flower and the poor plant barely hangs in there... Hubs wants to get rid of it... but I just don't get rid of a living plant... I have a mystery one in the front yard.,hope it is red one like yours... or at least purple...
Sorry Mary, the red one is Hardy Hibiscus, 'Lord Baltimore'. My rose of Sharon is white also but does well near the foundation where it is moist. I have not given it any fertilizer, probably should. Also I recently trimmed it into a tree form so it doesn't take up so much room. Works out good. :)
I got two Red Texas Star and they both died, I did not know they were bog plants. I thought they were drought tolerant, and so they showed me. I had just found the perfect spot for them and when I went to dig it up it was dead, my husband accidentally mowed the other one down. He is dangerous. I got two Lord Baltimore's off eBay for 12.00 and they said it was the sterile kind, no seeds. This plant puts all its energy into putting out flowers and I just love it. There is such a thing as Lady Baltimore and they are Pink, I never ran across any of those but I did get two of the Jazz Berry Jam's and they are a very nice, HOT PINK. :)
beautiful hibiscus Virginia... what is the yellow flower in the first picture above ? a sunflower?
I hope to add some more hardy hibiscus in the spring. I have really enjoyed my Peppermint Schnapps this year. been blooming since May...and still has a few buds on it.
Well, I am ready to see you again! Guess I will just have to make a trip to South Louisiana! After all, I have PLENTY of experience running errands with kids!! :) Sure did miss you, but I totally understand. This is the first time that I have ever got to attend the fall roundup because I am usually tied up with football... our HS team was playing the #1 ranked team in our classification friday night and I was torn because I SURE wanted to be there! My husband texted me the whole trip about the game, and Trish read them to me. Our team was a MAJOR underdog in the game and beat them 39-35!!! It was great!
That Crepe Myrtle looks really beautiful! Never heard of a black CM - where did you find it??
Hugs to you !!! Hope you get to take a much needed rest soon...
Thank you genna, the first picture is 'Cup Plant' it is actually better than a sunflower plant because it is drought tolerant and it has seeds and pollen plus the leaves fuse together to form a cup which holds water when it rains. Great plant for birds and attracting insects. Most of the time there is an insect on every flower. :)
Thanks Mary, but I was told the Lord Baltimore is sterile and does not produce seed. I sure have never seen any. I got a real good price on mine at eBay.
If you find any seeds just hold on to them and I will see what I do have. :)
What kind of pink? I ordered some Lavatera trimestris “Silver Cup”, they are just an annual but soooo beautiful. :)
Have you seen this one? I would rather have a plant, if I get it in the ground now I will probably have a good plant next spring.
Very pretty! Silver Cup is just an annual, but have you seen the one with the burgundy leaves? Some say from a distance they look like a Red Maple. Hibiscus 'Summer Storm' is a perennial. :)
I am running out of room, but... I would make room for that one, no luck so far.
I grew my first TX Star from seed this year and one had 2 flowers. Not enough sun I don't think. Not exactly in swampy areas either so I had to keep an eye on them. The wilting really takes it out of them I think. I'll mulch them heavily next year - hope they survive. Luckily they started easily from seed.
It's always maddening when plants turn out to be something else. That happens kind of frequently when I trade for seeds. ;)
Do you have extra sea grapes? Assume you mean Mahonia a.?
Don't suppose many of you will see any weather from this storm. The radar shows it just barely touching my area, but the sun has been shining thru the clouds for hours. I'm pleased. I was not prepared for a heavy rain storm. The leaves are blowing lightly from the trees. It's a perfect fall afternoon.
Hope you're all enjoying yours. I'll go out and keep transplanting stuff to bring in for winter.
We finally got some cuttings to "Take"...but they may not make it through winter... last year I had too many "inside" plants and it just about killed me...
Vowed not to have any this winter but brought in a bunch today (sigh)
Gosh Jeri & all I hope they don't have a repeat of (was it) last year ?
Hello Neighbors! Fort Campbell, KY gardner here. My hubby just got stationed here and I had to leave behind EVERYTHING we had growing inside and out:-(. I spent ten years on our gardens and leaving them was the hardest part of the whole move. The good news is one day we will move back to Charlotte and much of my gardens will still be there. Our renters like gardening and I plan to make three-four trips there each year to tidy up.
I have been purchasing some indoor plants and have a few seed varities to begin sewing indoorsoon for spring.
Anyone else around Ft. Campbell? What grows well and where are the best greenhouses?
We have a couple of folks not too far from you who visit here infrequently. Hope they will see this post and chime in soon. A couple of gardener's near Nashville will surely know of some good nurseries in the area to advise you. There is a pretty big Lawn and Garden show in Nashville in February I believe. You can probably google that and find out the weekend. There are some good displays and resources on display there that might help if you can get down there for the day on Friday or Saturday.
Good to have you. I know you'll figure it out but stay in touch in the meantime.
i' m still alive and kickin' ! So glad to see summer on the horizon...gardens alive with color, butterflies and birds and bugs and veggies and fruit...almost here! Maybe I 'll make it to one of the round ups this year.
Kris - see when you are on bed rest you get to look at ALL the forums and threads. I think that's how I wandered in here when I was on the mend from my wrist injury last year/the year before.
Jessica! Sounds like your garden is really growing. I have to look at the map and see WHY. Is it cold there like it is here? Nor'easter overnight. I haven't experienced a cold spring like this in NC since I've been here. I guess this is the flip side of climate change. Unfortunately this does not mean (!?) that my growing season will be extended on the backside.
Stop back and visit! Jess - there are 2 RUs in our neck of the woods. The SW VA RU is next Saturday at Fairy Stone Park, Stuart VA.
Then in Greensboro NC on June 1 at the Piedmont Triad Farmer's Market. We have a really great bunch of people. I met Kris (Elfie) in VA a couple of years ago. if Court and I get a summer road trip together we'll stop at her house on the way across country.
Be careful about coming to my house,, you might just end up with power fools in your hands and working the whole time you are here. Of course you would also get to raid my woods for native plants too. So that may make the trip worth while!!!!!!
Some flowers including the woodland phlox you sent last year. I think of you frequently for be reason or another when I'm out there.
If you haven't purchased yet, I have salvia 'Black and Blue' thick as thieves.
Kris, I think you gave me this dracena houseplant that is very unusual. Oblong green speckled leaves and a heavenly scented flower. I'm not very kind to it, it but the cats would make a nice snack of it if I put it anywhere close to a window.
Ooh..I forgot about sending you that phlox, Blue moon, It is blooming like crazy for me now. What a great scent!
Yes! send the salvia black and blue!!!! Please?! I think I may just plant my entire yard with Bee balm and Salvia and just lay down and watch the bees, hummers and butterflies. Ok, maybe a few Zinnias and cosmos. And milkweed, and Morning glories,andlavender, lots and lots of lavender. Oh, and a few herbs. but thats it. alright, roses too.Nasturtiums,petunias,lantana,verbena,daylilies,jasmine,gardenias,daisies,gladiolas,delphiniums,foxglove,carnations,hollyhocks,peonies, and poppies and a pond with waterlilies. and violets but nothing else.except everything else!!!
**sigh** so nice to have all that space, MudElf. You moved recently, right? If I remember right, I read something in a thread about you doing tiny fairy gardens. Was that for lack of space at your old place, or just for the niceness of being hospitable to fairies and the occasional elf?
AmandaEsq- what can I send you? Also, never could get the fennel to germinate, and the bottlebrush either. Am I doing something wrong? Did I tell U I bought Eupatorium "gateway"..small joe pye weed? I think it will be nice. Ever try it?
Scarletbean, yes I have moved twice in less than two years. My dh says this is the last home we will own.
I do gairy gardens with my DGD. She is on DG as Goober-
fairy. She loves fairies and with this new place we will fill it uo with fairies about a quarter acre area that is just full of ferns and other native plants. Our goal is to get all the homes, paths and other permanent stuff in place and in the spring put out the fairies and elves and gnomes to play all summer and fall with. We will pack them up for each winter.
Very Nice, Elf. I always associate foxgloves with fairies, not sure why, and nasturtium, too. I'd love to see a picture of the fairy garden you made. I guess you know the idea that if you see a ring of wild mushrooms, it is a fairy ring. It means that they were up all night dancing inside the circle.by the light of fireflies. If a human happens to see them dancing, he or she must not step inside the ring, even if invited, as it will enchant the person, and they will be lost for many years in the land of fairies, only to be exiled in old age to wander about and tell anyone who will listen about their time in fairy land. Of course no one will believe these wild tales. However, if the person hides and listens to the all night wild fairy revelry, and goes home before dawn, that person may be granted a wish if it is unselfish.
AmandaEsq... do u remember what the name/type of rudbeckia you sent me that had two tone petals? yellow outside with a ring of burgundy in the middle..It succumbed to a rather large and hungry slug who burrowed into its stem. #%$@ !!!!
Just checking in to see how everyone is handling the weather and all of our recent DG get togethers. It's my favorite time of year in the garden... not too hot, longest days of the year, plenty of daylight. :)
I'm less fond of the high heat and humidity, cracked clay soils in high heat/drought, swarms of mosquitoes...
Just catching up on this thread... it has been a while! It is SUPER hot here... this week has been horrid. Temps hit 100 + in several areas yesterday with humidity almost as high - or so it seemed :( I want my cooler days back so I can get some things done!!! Can't hold out in this heat to work in the evenings after getting off work...
Ha. Everyone around me has been complaining about the cool weather. While I could do with some less of the dampness, you won't catch me bemoaning 55-75 degrees. Once you start past 80, the humidity gets me no matter what.
Lovely day here, hope you enjoy yours. Summer is upon is.
i'm here, we bought a house in February andare bust trying tob renovate in side and landscape out side. got tomake it look good so when retirement gets here in 2 years we can sell and move back to jeri's neck of the woods
I had a very good friend that lived on Hwy. 431. He built a mansion there and it took him almost most of his life time and filled it with antiques he had and found from auctions. His name is Jim Richardson. We called him Diamond Jim. Sad to say he lost the mansion to the bank and last I heard him & his new wife are living in Baker, I think.
Is that Manny Richardson? We also had a camp on Amite River Rd in Maurepas. I used to run down Hwy 22 to Weber City Rd. to Walmart just about every Sat. There was a lady at the corner of 22 and Weber City Rd. that had the nicest plants and sold some to the public. I can't remember her name.
I don't know them and haven't seen Jim in years. Sad to loose touch with such good friends!!!
I live just a little north of Denham Springs in what is now the city of Central. It was called Greenwell Springs, La. for my entire life and actually the post office will not recognize our city with a zip code so we still use the Greenwell Springs zip code. We're in EBR parish to make it even more confusing!!! LOL!!!
When my Jim & I got married he went into the bedroom of the little house and came back with drawers of antique jewelry and told me to pick a piece. I chose a small broach and it's been over 30 yrs now and still a favorite of mine!!!
Welome Ross!! Tell us about what you like about gardening, please. I love tropicals and tend to loose so many each year to this crazy weather in south Louisiana but like they say I must be crazy b/c I keep doing it over and over again!!!