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Schenectady, NY


April 16, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #9084706

There are a total of 166 votes:


I'd have a woodland garden.
(7 votes, 4%)
Red dot


I'd have a farm.
(24 votes, 14%)
Red dot


I'd have a small piece of property with both sun and shade.
(38 votes, 22%)
Red dot


I'd have a seashore garden.
(6 votes, 3%)
Red dot


A mountain hideway for me!
(13 votes, 7%)
Red dot


I'd have a conservatory attached to my home.
(37 votes, 22%)
Red dot


I'd love a desert garden.
(3 votes, 1%)
Red dot


Other. (tell us!)
(38 votes, 22%)
Red dot


Previous Polls

ogon
Paradise, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 16, 2012
10:04 AM

Post #9084723

How about: "All of the above" :).
minnesippi
Oakdale, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 16, 2012
10:16 AM

Post #9084744

If I could live somewhere I could garden all year (outside) I would be in heaven.

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


April 16, 2012
12:51 PM

Post #9084922

A warm ocean-side garden where there is no frost, temperatures moderate, regular moisture and rich soil.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 16, 2012
1:00 PM

Post #9084936

I voted for other. I'd love more shade. The older I get the more the heat annoys me.
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 16, 2012
1:48 PM

Post #9084990

I voted for "Other." I already have the "perfect garden." I wouldn't ever move out of my current house or want someother space to garden. The garden changes and evolves constantly. Still a lot of work to do to complete my plans for my garden, but that kind of work is nothing but fun (and the fun never ends!) LOL

Jeremy

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 16, 2012
1:58 PM

Post #9085006

Other. We drove to St. Paul today to pick up vegetable garden supplies. All the way we drolled over the fields that would grow superior vegetables along the Minnesota river.
risingcreek
sun city, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 16, 2012
2:00 PM

Post #9085007

i would love to have less heat and more rain!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 16, 2012
2:18 PM

Post #9085034

Woodland garden is my current fav, although all of the choices have their good points. I also agree with Growin, although that particular slice of heaven is outside of my reality.
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2012
2:51 PM

Post #9085074

My perfect garden could be any of the above, as long as it is quiet. I'd love to be able to go out any and every day at any time and not hear the neighbors' t.v., radio, parties, etc.
rampbrat
Abilene, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 16, 2012
4:41 PM

Post #9085235

I said other. I love the gardens I saw in England and Ireland, though I'd have to learn how to garden all over again if I had that much rain and moderate temps. And I wish I had a garden where I could grow pines and spruces
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 16, 2012
6:49 PM

Post #9085420

I voted other. I want a woodland garden, farm, and I want some sunny spaces too. lol.
ericabelle
West Plains, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 16, 2012
7:09 PM

Post #9085445

I'd have a small piece of property with both sun and shade - which I have, I just wish it had wonderful soil - not clay and rocks!
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 16, 2012
8:13 PM

Post #9085508

I have the perfect garden...in my head. I constantly compare what I have to what would work better so it's always a work in progress as someone said above. My garden changes as something freezes and I replace it with something else or the drought gets it and I replace with something more xeric or I look and there is too much yellow over there and not enough blue over here or that spot needs something taller or shorter. I never tire of tending my jungle, researching and auditioning plants to see if they like to grow in my space. I like a natural look, one that looks like it just happened, not like I planted it. I doubt I could ever have perfection. There are just too many uncontrolled variables when it comes to gardening. There are my mistakes, my budget and then there is Texas weather as well. I often wonder what I would do if I ever got "what I wanted", if my garden ever looked like I wanted it to look. I think I might be despondent. I guess I like the dynamic aspect of gardening, that is on the days I'm not cussin' it.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

April 16, 2012
8:35 PM

Post #9085540

I'd have a farm so I'd have room to have it all
cando1
Ozone, AR
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2012
2:26 AM

Post #9085649

I voted other. I'm very happy with my location,my containers,my plants. I can add more to my garden every year.
Vickie

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2012
5:26 AM

Post #9085772

I'm happy with my location as well and have had a lot of those garden choices over the years.

But of the choices, I picked adding a conservatory. I'd love that no matter where I was. :-)



kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2012
7:42 AM

Post #9085966

A Japanese garden by the sea with a conservatory.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2012
7:45 AM

Post #9085970

Bingo! I vote for that, too!

DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2012
7:48 AM

Post #9085978

To the person who wants to garden year round, come to Charleston. Flowers, even some carefree types, bloom here all year round. Likewise, you can grow vegetables (of one type or another) here year round. The only real downside is the punishing summer heat and humidity. That only lasts 2 months. The other 10 months of the year here are like a very long springtime.

My ideal garden would be a cottage garden overflowing with English roses, lilac, foxgloves, delphinium, irises, and poppies (among others), a garden with weeping willows, wisteria and golden chain tree blossoms dripping down from the heavens, a garden with gently arching, vine covered bridges over koi ponds with swans floating on the water, a garden much like Monet's garden at Giverny. To this garden I would also add free flowing grape vines, crabapples, ornamental cherries, weeping ornamental peach and apricot trees, etc to fill the spring sky with blooms and birds.

If space (and energy) remained for 3 other gardens, I would also love a potager near the kitchen for vegetables and herbs (I think Monet's garden may actually include this); a shady woodland setting with hostas, camellias, hellebores, and heucheras surrounding a wooden bench that invites passersby to sit and rest a 'spell'; and, finally, a southwest type cactus garden replete with various barrel and column cacti, agaves, and aloes, all interspersed with echeverias.

Edited because I can't spell and some may wonder why I want a medieval pheasant dish (pottage) in my garden.

This message was edited Apr 17, 2012 10:52 AM
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2012
7:50 AM

Post #9085980

minnesippi, come join us in AZ. I live in Mesa and garden year round, though the summer can be tough, the winter is very pleasant and offers many growing opportunities.
minnesippi
Oakdale, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 17, 2012
7:55 AM

Post #9085990

I still dont know why I stay in MN...smh.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2012
8:06 AM

Post #9086005

Pirl, the first time I saw a picture of a Japanese garden, I was in love. I have tried to create the calm feeling.

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AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2012
9:01 AM

Post #9086107

I would have a feral cat farm where feral cats from TNR programs could be relocated to live out their lives in peace and quiet.

DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2012
9:08 AM

Post #9086114

AYankeeCat,

What a unique, thoughtful, selfless, and just plan wonderful dream garden!!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2012
10:05 AM

Post #9086216

Thank you, Kwanjin. I love the serene look of a Japanese garden.

Very nice thought, YankeeCat.

vitrsna

vitrsna
Colima
Mexico
(Zone 11)

April 17, 2012
12:58 PM

Post #9086398

i voted for "I'd have a small piece of property with both sun and shade". which i do have and live in a tropical zone and can and do garden all year. sometimes i think i am in heaven, but this has a plus side and a minus side. sometimes when i am working in the garden in november through january and february, i have a little yearning for snow so i could curl up on the sofa with a good book, but maybe only 2 days of snow. i can always read when the sun goes down. my garden is a "butterfly garden" with plants and trees that are all host plants and/or nectar plants for butterflies. the other nectar lovers like bees and hummers are happy in the garden as well. but i would like another adjacent property to add more trees, vines, and plants. more space would be nice, but i am sure not complaining.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2012
1:36 PM

Post #9086438

i believe in the saying, "grow where you're planted" and that's what i try to do. it means putting up with all the disadvantages of the present location but also enjoying the perks. i will make do with the next home (no matter where it may be).
Katlian
Carson City, NV
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2012
3:13 PM

Post #9086547

I voted for conservatory but my husband and I joke about building a giant conservatory with our house and yard inside. It would dampen the extremes of climate around here (cold, heat, drought, and wind.) We call it the Weatherdome 3000.
grits74571
Talihina, OK

April 17, 2012
6:38 PM

Post #9086811

all of the above
gardenmart
Saugus, MA
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2012
7:26 PM

Post #9086904

I would have a one room house attached to my giant conservatory.
Martha

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 18, 2012
8:41 AM

Post #9087466

I'd love to have a conservatory then I could dabble in the dirt year round!
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2012
11:58 AM

Post #9087673

I voted other, because I have sun and shade and a small piece of property. 5 acres. Where we live, 5 acres is just a big yard. I wish the creek was close to the house so I could have some water plants. My biggest problem is with gnats and fire ants. I can't go out without the gnats getting in my eyes, and have to be careful to not step in fire ants. Luciee {;^)

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2012
12:36 PM

Post #9087735

gardenmart wrote:I would have a one room house attached to my giant conservatory.
Martha



There you go. Now why didn't I think of that?? :-D)))
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2012
12:42 PM

Post #9087751

luciee, try Amdro for the fire ants; you sprinkle some around each hill, they take it in and eat it and the colony dies.
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2012
3:12 PM

Post #9087947

Thanks, froggymom! Does that mean your kids are tadpoles?
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2012
3:26 PM

Post #9087961

luciee, it's frogymon, a caribbean amphibean. Actually, I just like frogs and a long time ago when I was trying to get my hotmail account set up this was the best frog related name I could get.
minnesippi
Oakdale, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 18, 2012
3:32 PM

Post #9087968

luciee - when we lived in MS, I used Ortho fire ant killer. They would be gone by the next morning. Nothing else seemed to work for me.
http://www.homedepot.com/buy/ortho/orthene-fire-ant-killer-12-oz-8779.html
They have it at Lowes & Home Depot I know for sure.

Steph

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vitrsna

vitrsna
Colima
Mexico
(Zone 11)

April 18, 2012
3:38 PM

Post #9087973

okay frogymon, i was just going to suggest to luciee that it means your kids are probably rastafarians :-D
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2012
4:13 PM

Post #9088027

I could hope they'd be that cool, but alas they've taken after their mother and are country music fans. I'm not even sure if they would know who Eek a Mouse is, but I think they'd at least know Bob Marley.

vitrsna

vitrsna
Colima
Mexico
(Zone 11)

April 18, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #9088073

well, thanks for getting my little joke. i was afraid you would not know the reference and then i would have been so embarrassed. hey, country music is cool...it's just different. i'll bet your kids are pretty cool.
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2012
6:20 PM

Post #9088158

The last one's leaving home in a few weeks, so I guess that makes them cool; besides, with me as a Dad, how could they not be cool?

vitrsna

vitrsna
Colima
Mexico
(Zone 11)

April 18, 2012
7:28 PM

Post #9088263

Don't get giddy Papamon...they'll be back :-O...then, now that they are old enough, you can play them Eek a Mouse at high volume. Maybe the grand kids will be little Rastas.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 18, 2012
10:02 PM

Post #9088397

Other- since I get to enjoy everyone elses labors and SEE all those gardens and fields and farms and climates, thank you everyone for all those delights!
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2012
11:27 PM

Post #9088429

I bought a house for my daughter so she wouldn't move back in and my son is buying a place for cash, so I don't think he'll be back either, though both of them are 1/2 mile from us so they'll be dropping in a lot.
Cearbhaill
Russell, KY
(Zone 6b)

April 19, 2012
5:36 AM

Post #9088572

I gardened year round for 30 years in SoFla and it's not all it's cracked up to be- every climate has "something" that makes it less than perfect and in this case it was unrelenting heat and hurricanes that wiped me out twice.
I retired and came back to Kentucky and at least it cools down at night and your yard doesn't blow away, LOL- no opening the door to go out at 6AM and being smacked in the face with a solid wall of heat and humidity.

I thought an acre and a half was large enough for a residential yard but I am fast running out of space as a portion of it is wooded and outside my fencing.
So if I could have my perfect garden it would be exactly what I have only stretched in all four directions to maybe twice the size.
And while I'm at it I'd like to stretch the size of the house, too.

The budget to do anything I want would be far more important to me than that, though- so the perfect garden would be one that grows money on its trees!

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

April 19, 2012
5:49 AM

Post #9088589

LOL.

greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

April 19, 2012
6:07 AM

Post #9088621

I voted small piece of property with sun & shade. I could use more space because I always want more than I have room to plant because my home sits on 2 city lots. I could never survive on 1 lot. I grow as much as I can vertically. What I REALLY need is a cure for my seasonal allergies!

vitrsna

vitrsna
Colima
Mexico
(Zone 11)

April 19, 2012
6:45 AM

Post #9088667

you are hilarious frogymon! and cool, of course.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 19, 2012
7:19 AM

Post #9088718

I voted for a conservatory...just because it would be so neat to not have to drag my orchids in and out. But my real vote would be for a Utopic garden where weeds never reared their heads...or a full time weed puller. GRIN

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 19, 2012
9:32 AM

Post #9088866

A big piece of land with sun & shade AND a woodland garden...next to my farm in the mountains!! :)

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


April 19, 2012
10:45 AM

Post #9088969

Would love a tropical jungle
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

April 19, 2012
11:59 AM

Post #9089038

I want it all AND a gardening staff to help take care of it all, so that I can just putter around and enjoy it all.
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

April 19, 2012
12:50 PM

Post #9089098

Sorry, froggymon!!But it gave everyone a chance to be funny and lightened my day which has mbeen spent mowing. Thanks to everyone for the humor. Luciee {;^))

vitrsna

vitrsna
Colima
Mexico
(Zone 11)

April 19, 2012
3:47 PM

Post #9089332

Luciee...i hope you don't feel that the humor (what there is of it) was directed at you and i sure wouldn't want you to have bad feelings about this. if you do, i am sincerely sorry because it wasn't my intention. it is just that you misread "mon" for "mom" and made a sweet reply about the tadpoles and things just rolled from there. i thought frogymon was pretty funny in his descriptions about all he had done to get the kids out of the house. "mon" is a way of saying "man" in the jamacian dialect. it was a light-hearted exchange or at least it was meant to be so i really hope you don't feel badly about anything that was said :-)
minnesippi
Oakdale, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 19, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #9089412

(I always mis-read it "mom" as well - for a long time now..my eyes and brain dont work together all the time :) )
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 19, 2012
5:22 PM

Post #9089434

For the record, I'm not a mom, I'm a dad of at least 2 kids that I know of, plus 4 grandkids and 4 fur kids. That being said, I thought the entire exchange was rather witty, especially my contributions. Visit my blog or my Facebook page, both "Mr B's Garden" for more of my wit and talent.
minnesippi
Oakdale, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 19, 2012
5:30 PM

Post #9089442

at least two? LOL!
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 19, 2012
10:30 PM

Post #9089718

Misspent youth with memory gaps.
rampbrat
Abilene, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 20, 2012
6:04 AM

Post #9089898

Hey! I like that staff idea! You'd think with 3 boys I'd have that labor thing wrapped up, but the problem with free labor is that it's big on free, light on labor!
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

April 20, 2012
6:12 AM

Post #9089909

vitrsna, did I not sound funny enough? I love this humorous stuff. I have 4 tadpoles and they say my humor just kind of sneaks up on them. That is one of the reasons I subscribe to Dave's Garden. Someone always has something funny to say. This is a good forum. Luciee {;^)

vitrsna

vitrsna
Colima
Mexico
(Zone 11)

April 20, 2012
6:46 AM

Post #9089955

thanks luciee, i just wanted to make sure that you didn't feel badly because you missed out because you were mowing all day. i see you live in the "South" and people in the "South" are known for their good manners and graciousness. so now i believe that you did indeed enjoy the exchange and the humor and that you don't feel badly at all. i also participate in Dave's Garden because there is humor as well as considerable civility and respect not to mention a boatload of valuable information.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 20, 2012
7:12 AM

Post #9089986

I love the humor as well. When family, pets, jobs, gardens, etc. get to be heavy on the shoulders it's always good to come to DG to enjoy the people and the fun.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 20, 2012
7:16 AM

Post #9089990

DreamofSpring: you and I think alike. I want that plus animals (more chickens than my current 20). I voted farm. I have 2 acres, but wish I had 200, to have my own forest. I also wish I could have a few days of rain in July and August---but otherwise my climate is perfect for me and year round gardening.
cateyez342
Sioux Center, IA

April 20, 2012
8:27 AM

Post #9090077

How about a LARGE garden with both sun and shade, and an irrigation system?

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 20, 2012
9:15 AM

Post #9090157

frogymon wrote:For the record, I'm not a mom, I'm a dad of at least 2 kids that I know of, plus 4 grandkids and 4 fur kids. That being said, I thought the entire exchange was rather witty, especially my contributions. Visit my blog or my Facebook page, both "Mr B's Garden" for more of my wit and talent.


Will be looking you up on FB!!
LavinaMae
Grantsboro, NC
(Zone 8b)

April 20, 2012
10:31 AM

Post #9090271

I'd love to have a farm by the seashore and a green house that I could use with a deck that I could put flowers and veggies in pots all over.

Am I dreaming or what?

Lavina

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2012
11:41 AM

Post #9090352

Dream big or why bother Lavina? They asked for perfect...not necessarily realistic nor attainable...grin
LavinaMae
Grantsboro, NC
(Zone 8b)

April 20, 2012
12:57 PM

Post #9090486

That would be perfect to me. LOL

Lavina

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 20, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #9090719

I want all the options - plus a chauffeur to drive me to 'em, conservatories at all of 'em, and NO Property taxes, nor weeds LOL
I would love to have a farm, but then I'd have a bit of travelling to get to the town, and I'm a sociable type...
oh, I really DO want it all!! lol
Anyone want to join me? roflmfao!!
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 21, 2012
8:56 AM

Post #9091547

I'd like a LARGE piece of property with both sun and shade, lol! And more flat land, as it's a real challenge living/gardening on this steep wooded hillside. It's beautiful, but...

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 21, 2012
9:01 AM

Post #9091556

I also deal with a sloped hilltop... all the water runs out of my garden at the back of our home... blech!
birder17
Jackson, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 21, 2012
9:35 AM

Post #9091607

Other: I would like to have my gardens irrigated. It's amazing how much better my flowers perform when they get watered routinely.
Baphijmm
Mayhill, NM
(Zone 6b)

April 22, 2012
7:59 PM

Post #9093602

Voted conservatory personally; I love the idea of being able to regulate absolutely every detail about an environment to best grow a wide variety of plants. I grew up in Cincinnati, and the Krohn Conservatory was always one of my favorite places to go.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 22, 2012
8:55 PM

Post #9093667

That's the one I go to, Baphijmm--it's wonderful! I'm in northern KY, in Campbell county.

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