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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 1, 2012
5:16 PM

Post #9106230

I need to get my planters going and need to throw out some zinna seed too. That way I still have blooms this summer!! I know my salvia will keep blooming and so will my coneflowers. I guess I'm good to go after all!! LOL

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 1, 2012
7:12 PM

Post #9106415

Nice blooms on that Clematis, Pepper, and I love that trellis. Thanks for starting a new thread, Pepper.

I'm gonna be lining and stacking pretty soon, and, a lot of taking to the landfill..lol A lot of the miscellaneous stuff is decent materials and stuff that might come in use someday but unfortunately, have no place for it now.
I remember last year I was all excited for the first Lily Trees, Purple Prince, to bloom and they were a big disappointment, I wanted them to bloom like the photos - all purple, but it turned out they were mostly white.
The newest ones, Satisfaction, looks nice in the photos but I'm not getting my hopes up again! I guess I can't really expect much, I used a completely $25 free (with no other purchase) on both Lily Tree orders, they were $2.97 ea. order of 3 bulbs each.

Yeah, mulch volcanos are as bad as planting a big tree under a power line or under a window next to the house! Actually, I have some finishing touches to do on the mulch that I've already put down, it looks kinda wavy by the Persimmon but I plan to build a raingarden in that area because the runoff runs thru that area. "Covering their costs"! Isn't that an owners way of saying I want to eat out one more day a week?! lol
Actually, I think it was maybe a matter of being helped by the greediest of the two family mulch members the last time.

I forgot to say that's my big pot of hardy Mums left of the Persimmon tree in that second photo in the April 30th post. It already has blooms coming on, I've never had hardy Mums before.

Here's my lavender 'Munstead' with some little flowers. I'm not seeing the edible part, I wouldn't eat it, but the label says Mable on the Table!

Thanks, oh I got time to let stuff get big, that's like the motivation of the inexpensive gardener! lol

That mulch is really aromatic, I don't know how they were able to keep it dry, I guess with tarps or it was just delivered that day, but this load smells divine!
Thanks for the words of encouragement, back at you Sister!

I got some "rabbit fence", I'll try to get some cut and fitted over that rectangular planter. A couple more Liatris bulbs have sprang up, I counted 16 today. I can see where they just helped themselves to the other 9 or so bulbs, there is just voids all over the place. I shoulda had some wire fence ready to go when I planted them, but I didn't think they'd be so popular with squirrels, I wonder if squirrels can fit thru rabbit fence.
Hope you find your camera, happ. I wish I had a dollar for every time I lost mine. I learned a long time ago to keep it in a waterproof container in case I leave it outside, (which I've done several times..lol) The container is in alot of my photos I see, it's the blue "Maxwell House" thing, haha, like this one - http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=9099375 from a few days ago.
Hehe.. "a bean island"! Years ago, in another place in East Independence, MO., I took this photo of a stand of trees that was strategically placed in this soybean field/ cornfield, they rotated crops. But I think that Summer I went over there with a bag of seeds and I sprinkled them everywhere, I haven't been back since, it could be full of Baldcypress trees, Sycamore trees, Redbud trees, Ginkgo trees, any kind of tree seed that I could grow! I know that sounds scandalous, planting on somebody else's property, but I rented from my Grandma and she said she didn't want me to plant anything, so I had to plant my seeds somewhere! I did that kinda stuff more than I care to admit! lol I once threw a handful of Tree of Heaven seeds in the mayor's yard, under cover of darkness! Just kidding, I only thought about it!
When your yard looks like this, you plant seeds! lol Recognize the Dwarf Eastern White Pine 'Nana' from that photo, (in the back of it), it's the one in this photo now - http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=9104762&extraimg=1 . I didn't grow it from a seed, it's a grafted money plant.
Will

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greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

May 2, 2012
12:07 AM

Post #9106666

All my roses and peonies are blooming like crazy! The iris just finished. Garden peas, orange day lilies, & blackberries are just starting to bloom. I let some kale and collards go to seed & the yellow blooms have been covered with bees. The volunteer purple spiderworts that I've left to grow along the fence are blooming.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 2, 2012
4:27 AM

Post #9106773

this morning, but the majority went north of us. The weather alert went off for the northern counties about 2:30 am.

Happ,
Grinning over the camera. Mine is never out of my sight because it hangs around my neck till I put it away :o)

Pepper,
Thanks for the new thread :o)
I was happy to find the Sundown and Sun-up coneflowers that almost dried up last year are growing fine. I had moved them too and that was iffy.
I have Salvia carradonna and May Night blooming already. All I need is a hummingbird. I haven't seen any yet and there is plenty for them to eat. The columbine have been over a week or so.
LOVE the color of the clematis!

Will,
Nothing is more disappointing than not getting what you ordered. At least you paid little for them.
That's too bad they ate so many bulbs. I hope the wire works. Once they grow thru it, it should look fine.
Good plan for your camera!
Smiling. I tend to throw seeds around too...
I believe the blooms of the lavender are the edible part. I have a recipe for lavender cookies and my neighbor has the plant. It only takes like 2 T. of the buds. This year I'm going to try them.

Greenbrain,
No wonder you are ahead of me. You're way south. My iris, are early and are starting now. The peonies are getting ready to open. The columbine was way early and my Yellow Rose of Texas is blooming!
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

May 2, 2012
5:44 AM

Post #9106843

Wow greenbrain, I bet it is beautiful!

I have iris blooming like crazy, some of the early peonies are done for, and some are just now opening, but I won't have any for decoration day...they will all be gone by then. I also have roses blooming, I need to get out and fertilize them, dang work just gets in my way...rofl.. Gonna warm up this week, then I thought they said on Monday highs would be in the 60's...hummmm.

Went to the iris farm last night and it was beautiful, acres of bloom iris. wowzer.



pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 2, 2012
6:27 PM

Post #9107808

I have one peony bloom right now. Haven't checked on the others to see if I have anymore buds yet. Been running around trying to get stuff done!!

greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

May 2, 2012
9:32 PM

Post #9108014

My blooms are really appreciated because they survived a beating from golf ball to baseball size hail last Saturday afternoon!

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 3, 2012
2:51 AM

Post #9108109

71°/80°/61°
Partial cloudiness early, with scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon. A few storms may be severe. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%

It's a gorgeous morning. That one perfect temp after a long chilly spring. It's balmy. I see June bugs, a crane fly, a few sizes of moths and last night there was a very persistent and a very reluctent red admiral both determined. They must have flown all day barely, staying where they lit. I'm sure I saw a wren altho he's not singing yet and I did have a bluebird :o)

DH mowed for me yesterday. I'm still tired and fighting sinus. Not 100% like I hoped :o(

Happ,
We will drop to 60° on Monday too. but meanwhile...

Pepper,
My pink peonies want to burst open! I still haven't staked the one that really fals over. I better do that today while I can push fencing in.

Greenbrain,
I can't even imagine golf ball sized hail. The largest we'ver ever had, in my whole life was maybe a half inch. Usually it's pea size. But I'm not complaining!
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

May 3, 2012
5:44 AM

Post #9108214

Hail is bad bad stuff, hail is one of my big fears since the front of our house is glass for solar gain. Even itty bitty hail sounds horrible on our glass. I probably wouldn't be able to watch my poor plants get beat by golf ball size hail...wowzer. Did it get your car? You probably have a garage which I do to, but can't get a car in it...rofl, and it is not my stuff that is in the way...LOL

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 3, 2012
8:54 PM

Post #9109579

I'll never forget this hail in the swimming pool, I've never had hail very big either. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFv2W7Duqiw
Poor patio tree, you can see the leaves coming off of it.

Ack! Happ, a glass side in your house would be cool most of the time, except like hail and tornados! But man, the natural light and of course the savings on the light bill would be real nice.

I did a little more mulching in the backyard, I am all mulched out, my back is smarting! But, I still need about a yard of mulch to finish yet. Here's a couple photos. I'm not that tall, I was standing in the trailer!
I don't wanna seem braggadocio, but maybe the yard will go from worst to first on my street, haha! I'm sure there are better landscaped yards, but it's okay to think your #1!
I think some homeowners can afford the real landscaping rocks! lol

I hope that sickness clears up for you billyp. I feel good now, knock on wood, but I've felt like poo before too, it's no fun for sure.

Many of the Liatris bulbs have sprouted and grown some, I don't know if I can get the fence around them reasonably at this point.
If it gets bad I'll have to this year. Today they dug up a couple more Liatris bulbs, I replant them right away, but there's a squirrel digging in it regularly. I took a couple photos of them dug up. -
They didn't eat any today, there is also more than I thought. They musta left part of the Liatris bulbs in the planter because little leaves are sprouting up, it looks like 19 of the 25 bulbs might sprout in some form.



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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2012
12:19 PM

Post #9110320

billyp...you mentioned 'the columbine have been done over a week'. Do they only bloom in the spring? I just have one, the prettiest purple and white. I thought they bloomed all summer. booooo

Will... did you try putting the hair clippings all over where you planted your bulbs? I tell you, it really works. They don't like the human smell. I put hair on my tomato plants too. I just save it out of my brush or if I need a bunch, my hairdresser saves clippings for me.

My peony never did bloom. I know it bloomed before, this is only our 3rd spring here, so I don't know why it hasn't. I still need to move the ones from under the tree. When is a good time to move them? I'm wondering if the one that has bloomed is maybe planted too deep? I could dig it up and reset it. Any thoughts?

Greenbrain... now THAT is some BIG HAIL!!!!

DH is working on a new flowerbed for me in the back yard. I have pictures but I think someone hid happ and my camera's! Will????? Give them back. I think I know where mine is as I was going to download the pics, then didn't. It's probably at the other spot I set with my laptop.

Well, back outside to repot some of my winter sowing. They are getting big and thick and I don't want them dying off. Later...

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 4, 2012
9:18 PM

Post #9111003

Wow, as luck would have it, my procrastinating to get rid of my old hair has paid off! I have hair from my custom haircuts still awaiting my disposal I see! I had forgot you said, Crit, you put hair clippings in the beds,
I'll try that tomorrow. Right now, the neighbors are enjoying some alcoholic beverages and profanity, so I'll wait till tomorrow morning to take it out there, when hangovers likely abound. A baby bath thing doubles nicely as a haircutting station. I don't know where it came from, there's no babies around here! I think it had a popular, alternate use with the elderly lady many years ago, maybe SHE cut HER hair in it too!
Actually, that might be 2 haircuts worth of hair, that looks like more than I'd cut off in one sitting. The last time, I went to Snip & Clip and got me a professional job. One can only cut their own hair for so long before it gets all out of whack and has to be fixed by a real haircutter, I figure they earn their 2 or 3 dollar tip then! The oldest hair in that blue tub thing is prolly near 2 years old. Hey, after you cut the hair then you just hide the clippings!

Haha! Your cameras?! Check the pawn shops, that's where I take stuff..lol Believe you me, I've lost mine plenty too!

Happ, when you get to Independence, I have a Spiderplant and a striped Wandering Jew here for you.

The water isn't green anymore, it is black! I think I like the new color better. When it rains heavy, like it has, it washes the old water out the back of the pond I think, I hope the mosquito larvae went with it! The pond is on the list of things to do back there, I need to do some digging around the edges, (before the rocks fall in too), and try to get rid of all that liner that shows up there on the right of the photo.

How about these hardy Mums already getting buds?

Here's your Mable's Table 'Munstead' Lavender. I can see where a whole bunch of those plants would be incredible in bloom. Is that 2 tablespoons or 2 teaspoons? I don't know the spoon abbreviations.
All I know is a tablespoon is like 3 times as much as a teaspoon.

My Hall's Honeysuckle is sure going for the sky fast. I've only had this thing for 2 years and it has already reached the top of my clothesline-post trellis thing I made and is blooming white.

I need to get a Hummingbird feeder out there, I saw one today looking for regular birdseed in the empty feeders. I usually have birdseed out there but the squirrels gobble it all up!

At least the birds are getting a good bath in the birdbath in the front yard.

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greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

May 5, 2012
5:48 AM

Post #9111228

happgarden: About the hail -- thank you for asking. My car was under the carport on the east side and the hail came from the west (probably from Kansas City, thank you very much! lol) My daughter & son-in-law are without their 2 cars due to shattered windows, so we're sharing my car. It has been a hectic week just scheduling the auto use to get everyone to work, dr. appts., grocery shopping, church, etc..., but it's working out. At least, I already use public transportation, so that helps. We still have a bucket full of stones in the freezer & if I wasn't so lazy, I'd post some photos. Maybe I'll get around to it later. Driving thru my neighborhood, you see battered awnings;including ours; cars & roofs covered with tarps, and big holes in windows. My gr-d just pointed out 2 holes in her playhouse roof. I remember such a hail storm & similiar damage about 50 years ago when I was a kid, so I figure that it's a 1 in 50 years event that I probably won't live to see again. : )
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 5, 2012
5:10 PM

Post #9111882

Will, spread your honeysuckle out some more there on the bottom as it grows so that the whole trellis will get covered.

For teaspoon and tablespoon: t is teaspoon and T is tablespoon. tsp, tble, those are some more.

Greenbrain, how is everyone doing? Miss seeing you guys!!
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 5, 2012
10:34 PM

Post #9112203

Okay I'll try that with the Honeysuckle, thanks Pepper. I see, T is a tablespoon. I might do that, I like cookies of all flavors.

I got my hair down, I hope my hair doesn't take root in the planters! I wonder what the squirrels will think now?! See where those little green leaves are coming up? That must be where a squirrel took a big bite out of a bulb but left enuff to grow some leaves perhaps.

I got me some free rocks! Like the Wisteria by the fence that I grew from a seed from the former Stephenson's Restaurant? That restaurant was razed about a month or so ago, it is gonna be a QuikTrip gas station. Anyway, I got a couple cups of Wisteria seedpods off the mature vine that was on their old arbor in the back before the demolition.
Will

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 6, 2012
5:21 PM

Post #9113071

Will, you are so lucky to have gotten that!! Those plants there were priceless. Powell Gardens has some of their fruit trees in front of their Barn.

These storms tonight are crazy!! The tornado in Raymore was 3 miles south of some family of mine, a bit more than a mile south from a guy my dad does work from and very near my mom's boss. The guy my dad does work for sometimes has major hail damage. Just saturated here. Some minor hail, nothing big yet. Too far east I think.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

May 6, 2012
5:30 PM

Post #9113082

Let me know if the squirrels stay away now Will. It sure keeps critters away for me!

We started a new project yesterday that turned into 2 new projects. We (DH) decided he was ready to start on the fish pond for me in the back yard. We (DH) still needs to finish the flowerbed along the deck railing and back fence, rock pathway from front door around to the gate in the privacy fence, raised flowerbed along the road on the south side of the house, and then he went an bought some sod to put down in some low places and places he had spread some of the good dirt that was coming out of the flowerbed. LMBO!!!!! We have tons of sandstone around here, so we just go out to the pastures and dig up big ones as well as the pasture where I keep my horses across the path in the back. We are doing the pond by liner at the base of an old Mimosa tree that he cut down last year. He washed all the dirt out from the roots then took the chainsaw and cut them out. It was quite an ordeal. It is on a slope so we are making a retaining wall of about 18" at one end and the other end is at the tree. I have lots of pictures as we go, but haven't downloaded them yet. Digging out the pond was a major undertaking with all the tree roots he had to chop out with an axe. The old tree was 3 trees grown together so the stump is probably over 2' across. I'll start adding pics after I get them downloaded and edited.

I LOVE wisteria!!!! I planted 5 pods but did not get any of them to grow. May have to try it again. Another one of those flowers my mom had when I was a little girl.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 7, 2012
4:42 AM

Post #9113623

Happ,
I think I'd find a way to move the ''stuff.'' A garage sure is a lifesaver.

Will,
Pop an aspirin. It will relieve the swelling in your back.
The mulch looks fabulous!!
That's not a bad yield on the liatris. I sure didn't know squirrels would be a problem. I'd see how they multipy before trying to move or add more.

Crit,
Columbine are an early spring bloomer and also the hybrids only last a few years. So, it is a boo hoo. I have a lot of wild and they bloom about the time the hummingbirds need them. I have a lot so I don't put out feeders anymore. Later the penstemons and cardinal flowers serve as food. I never did like having to fill feeders.
If it bloomed before it is possible it sunk a little. I think you deal with peonies in the fall, around the time you clip them back. August or September here. If they are old and established, they can develop a very long main taproot, so dig a large hole around them as the side roots can really spread out, and then dig deep. You may have quite a heavy root ball to deal with but peonies are tough and can be out of the ground for a while. MY SIL gave me three that wintered bare root in her garage. The buds were even red and ready to go. I planted them and they grew.

Will,
Cracking up over the profane neighbors! I'd wait too!
Now, how did that work out so nicely? LOL! (Hair clippings)
If it's capital, it's a Tablespoon.
Nice pictures! Everything looks good mulched! You will love the lavender. I always pluck one of my neighbors and smell it as I walk around her yard. It smells sooo good and is therapudic.

Green,
How fortunate to evn have one car between all of you. What a shame their windows shattered. What a mess.
One in fifty. I like those odds!

Will,
Very nice wisteria!

Crit,
Yowza!! Big changed coming for you! How exciting!
Maybe you need to soak the seeds in very warm ater overnight?

I mowed yesterday and am glad I did. We got rain in the night. My iris are opening daily and it's all I can do to walk around daily, smelling those that are scented, LOL!
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2012
7:30 PM

Post #9114936

Something that I may have learned about Wisterias from seeds was that Wisteria seedlings come up late, like June late. The Wisterias that I planted from seeds over the Winter are just now coming up and I don't expect all that are going to come up, to come up until this Summer sometime. The big ones were started as seedlings from the old Stephenson's Restaurant last year, existing Wisteria seedlings leaf out about a month or more earlier here. I think seeds need some time to soften the seedcoat if you don't soak them. - http://www.ehow.com/how_2214274_grow-wisteria-seeds.html They have just taken their time to sprout for me I think, which is fine, I'm a patient sort.
Thanks Pepper, I feel lucky to get even these few Wisterias, I have I think 30 or 40 Wisteria seeds in there to come up eventually. What a shame for Stephenson's though, all those mature Apple trees for pies, I forget what all mature fruit trees they had, all that history tore down for the money. I wasn't going to sit up in an Apple tree when the bulldozers came or anything, a gas station is better than a vacant restaurant I guess, it is all flat now I saw it weekend before last. I remember thinking when they were open, that Stephenson's Restaurant was a perfect example of an overpriced place to eat, this is Independence, Missouri not Beverly Hills, Ca.!
There is only so many rich people here and that isn't many!
I have a couple photos of my chainlink fencerow of Wisteria's, the first one is just a cluster of 6 or 7 Wisteria's and then it show's the fencerow. I am hoping that twice as many will pop up in the coming months, last Fall or Winter I planted a boatload of Wisteria seeds.
Here is a photo of that fence last year when I first started the project. Those were potted Wisteria's from Stephenson's that I'd got the previous year.

How about this TropiCanna, it has 4 stems so far. I saw the bulb from that thing, it is huge, it must weigh about a pound! That shed is getting painted hopefully soon, I just measured it today, I want to cut that landscape edging (also in the photo..lol) to go at the bottoms of the shed, to help slow the deterioration of the bottoms of the wafer-board hopefully.

Okay Crit, the hair got a good watering in yesterday. No squirrels have dug in it yet. Those Liatris are really coming along now.

Yeah, all this rain is crazy, on the news they said we got around 5 inches. Raymore is certainly too close for comfort! Yeah, just lots of water around here, they showed people's basements flooded and everything ruined, they say sewage is on everything that got wet, everything stinks.

Thanks billyp, my back is okay now. It was just like 2 days after I did all the mulching, I straightened up in notches it seemed, like go up 2 inches, stop, go up 2 more inches until I was vertical. It just took me longer to straighten up than it normally would. I'm definitely not young anymore!

That Rose-Of-Sharon cutting is really taking off.

I wanted to add some white Liatris to that rectangular planter-box eventually, maybe next year.

Haha! Yeah, I was glad to find a use for my old hair clippings!
Will

Just edited to say I did a search and found where I mention Wisteria seeds a couple years ago..lol - http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=7626934

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happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

May 8, 2012
1:10 PM

Post #9116006

Just be careful with a wisteria, I have/had one. The first one litterly ripped my front porch to shreds! Good thing I got a bigger better front porch. The porch had a 6 inch corner post and a lattice top, the wisteria litterly crushed the 6 inch corner post by strangling it like a boa constrictor...strangest thing I had ever seen, then it went up and crushed the lattice work. DH cut out the wisteria and poured concrete over it...rofl, then built a bigger porch. I now have a container of it, but I am going to build a rebar trellis for it...rofl. On the water garden tour a guy has a beautiful one and it is growing on steel pipe…..LOL
This is may and I have latter part of June flowers blooming, I am going to have to buy more annuals because all of the perennials will be thru blooming my Memorial Day at this rate….my red hot pokers are blooming…very strange and like you Will I have buds on the mums.

Green, that is alot of damage and it sure takes a long time to get everything fixed after that...wow. Oh your poor DGD and the holes in her roof, did you tell her now she had sky lights... ;) Poor thing.

Oh Crit how exciting all the projects going on at your house. So much fun. You will love the water garden, mine is itty bitty but I love it.

Dang I have a friend visiting overnight next Monday so I am going to have to clean house, yuck! I don’t have time, I have grass to mow, flowers to get ready for the sale, weeds to pull, pergola to work on, flowers to plant, tags to be made, and way too much stuff to do, to be about cleaning… excited about seeing her but I hate cleaning especially if the weather is nice.

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 8, 2012
7:19 PM

Post #9116495

Ewww.. that sounds pretty destructive there happ! Mine is on a metal fence, so I hope it behaves for awhile. I'd also like to create somewhat of a barrier there from the neighbor's lawnmower to our cars in the driveway.
We've never had a problem or anything, he mows away from our cars, but still stuff can come out from under a mower, it's not their fault, there is grass there.

That rectangular planter of the 25 Liatris bulbs is really coming along, I took a photo of it today. No squirrels yet, note the salt and pepper hair clippings scattered through-out it?!

Hehe.. your pond is itty bitty eh happ?! Didn't you say it's 4 feet deep?! Mine is itty bitty, it's like 10 inches deep with a big hole that is 24 inches deep! Yesterday, I was dipping my hand in the deep hole part and getting out all these smelly, rotten leaves!
Will

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billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 9, 2012
4:10 AM

Post #9116772

46°/66°/42°
Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

The plants look good Will!

Happ,
Grinning over the image of Wisteria as some huge snake!

Yesterday was the first day I had any energy and I stayed out till 5:30 weeding in all the beds. I'm no where near done, but got the worst in all of them. I potted up plants and set up the free pile. A few pots are missing already.

Out to DD's today so I better start gathering. Have a good day everyone!

greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

May 9, 2012
4:32 AM

Post #9116789

The spiderworts have come up volunteer again & are so pretty that I've left them alone. They're between the fence and alley, so it's not like they're on the street. I didn't work in the veggie garden yesterday because the soil was pretty wet from the rain. My hubby & I worked on the lawn instead. With the heat & rain, the grass had grown pretty tall. After work today, I'll venture out into the garden. I did pick a pocket full of golden colored snowpeas yesterday. Now that I'm growing the tall varietes of peas on the lima bean teepee & squash/tomato trellises, I don't have to bend over to pick 'em. The English peas (tall telephone pole) will need to be picked today. The sugar snaps are developing slowly. The only weeding is pulling up all the silver maple tree seedlings for the 10th time. I'm off to the concrete jungle. At least, I have my houseplants there to tend to. Have a great day in the garden everyone!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

May 9, 2012
8:04 AM

Post #9117096

Well, we have started to build a pond in our back yard. My DH is handling most of the work. Eventually there will be a 2 tier waterfall rocked in off of the top of the stump. First picture is that real men DO read directions first! lol My anguish over this is getting the liner in when it is ready! lol

This is round 1 of the pictures.

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

May 9, 2012
8:15 AM

Post #9117121

Round 2

Hope I didn't duplicate anything. LOL The pond is 3'x6'x26''

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

May 9, 2012
8:23 AM

Post #9117134

OOPS. Did duplicate and missed the one where he was reading directions! lol

The last picture is where he was measuring (yes, he is very anal about things being level, straight, exact, etc. lol) and we are now ready to mortor in the back of the rock so the weight of the water doesn't push it over. There will be about 12-16" of water up on the rock wall.

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 9, 2012
10:22 AM

Post #9117284

Congrats Crit. A nice pond is alot of work, you guys should be proud, looks like it's coming along nicely. Oh yeah, I learned a long time ago myself to read instructions thoroughly, not just skim over them! lol
I don't think I'd do this! - http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/03/gps-tracking-disaster-japanese-tourists-drive-straight-into-the-pacific/ I don't want to get into genders or anything! lol
Taking time on a pond's construction is important. Are you going to have fish? That is some hard work, hope there is plenty of water to drink. Maybe you can show us some more photos when it's all done too.
When I clean the pond pretty soon, I plan to make some big changes. Glad to see you found your camera!

Thanks billyp, the plants are coming along slowly. Even that Hyssop you suggested is growing great guns! Time has been good to most of my plants. I get all excited when I find a place for one and plant it, like a jeweler putting a jewel in a ring or something!
Will
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

May 9, 2012
10:47 AM

Post #9117326

Yes Will I did get a little over zealous when I was digging my pond but I wanted fish so that was a big reason it is so deep. But my pond other than deep isn't very big width and lenght wise.

Crit you will be thrilled that he is so anal about level cause it does make a big difference in a pond. Wow that is a big ole cool stump. Your rocks are beautiful. You are just going to love it.

Green I didn't know there were peas on vines, that probably sounds stupid but I have only had the short ones...hummm, gonna have to look into that. I am not much of a vegatible gardener but doing more this year. Is it too late to plant peas now? Seems in the back of my mind they are "cool" crop?

Well wish I had some weeding done, and I must pull up 10,000,000 maple sprouts a summer, they are prolific trees that is for sure!



shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 9, 2012
6:40 PM

Post #9117850

I've seen pictures of your pond happ, it is nice, all your plants and everything look real good. Today, I started setting the border rocks back so I can do some digging and get to the liner.
I know about Silver Maple seedlings myself, I musta pulled 20 today out of pots and stuff.

In the front yard in that area with all the Hostas, today there I dug up another Hosta that was languishing, 'Krossa Regal', I replaced it with my newest Coral Bells 'Birkin'. Maybe a different plant will act differently there than a Hosta. Somethings going on there with the soil or something, I don't know what it is exactly, maybe more sun than I think hits that area, I might be investing in one of those soil testers, this is the third Hosta that I've dug up there. I took a couple photos of the job when I did it earlier.

I am putting yet more rocks next to the driveway to border the Wisterias. I intend to put more mulch in there after it looks like all the Wisteria seedlings have sprouted, so they don't have any trouble getting thru the mulch, altho they probably wouldn't anyway..lol I need to straighten up my new and glorious Hummingbird feeder I see. I even took a photo of making the sugar water by gosh! 4 parts water to 1 part sugar, really simple! - http://howtoenjoyhummingbirds.com/hummingbird nectar recipe 6.htm You don't need the pretty plants and trees Hummingbirds like!

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billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 10, 2012
4:40 AM

Post #9118154

44°/71°/49°
Sunny. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Our weather doesn't get any better than this :o)

Green,
I think today my dirt will be dried out enough to work. I had a pretty muddy shovel the other day and should have dug with a fork. I only have three to chose from :o)
Are your spiderwort the blue? I have white which are better behaved. My neighbor ordered them and shared.
I grew the Tall Telephone a few years ago. It's how I got a taller pea fence. They grew and flopped over the side, LOL!
Oh do I hear you on the Maple seeds and I raise you Chinese Elm seeds :o)

Crit,
I LOVE that stump!
Real men get down in the dirt! Oooh, handsome too!
I have one of those anal hubbies, but things are perfect when they are done!
Wow, sure didn't seem like it took him long to get that far! I can't wait to see it finished!

Will,
Those pictures sort of outlined all the work you did on your pond!
Laughing over the car, but it really wasn't their fault.
Good. I hope you like the Hyssop. Yeah, I hear you on finding the right plant for the right place. It is pretty neat!

Happ,
I think it is too late. Peas will come up in the snow, so early April, or as soon as the ground can be worked is best.

Will,
Yep, sometimes you have to switch a plant out. I've done that with many that languish. They just seem to know you're helping, when they flourish.
First picture, very nice! The mulch really makes it seem finished.
The rocks around the ramp look really good! They are the perfect color.
Even simpler is growing Columbine, LOL! But yes, it is an easy recipe.

Today will be spent outside! Have a wonderful day everyone!
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

May 10, 2012
5:15 AM

Post #9118189

Had to laugh about 2 hostas not doing good in the same spot. One of the MG's said one time that she had planted and replanted 4 times a plant in the same spot, until the light bulb came on and said hummmm that plant must not like it there and moved it...rofl. That is the great thing about plants, they are moveable except for those big all maples trees...rofl.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 10, 2012
10:19 PM

Post #9119368

I'm anal about stuff too! I have a measuring tape or a level out all the time, I hate doing something twice. Like my paternal Grandfather told me many, many years ago, "if you do it right the first time you don't have to do it twice"! I like that one almost as much as, "nice guys finish last"! AND, I like it better than what my Dad used to say, "money makes the world go round", maybe it does because I don't have much and the world isn't going around much! He never had much either but he was always trying to get some!

I saw your flowers over on the Weather forum and all I can say is wow billyp! - http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=9116747 I usually don't have time to look over there but I did today and I'm glad I did. It must smell real nice by your flowers.

Today, I brushed most of the splashed up dirt off the ramp's side.

Crit, was that stump going to be used as a kind of ramp for the waterfall? If you said, I missed it. The dimensions and photos of it are very nice, can't wait to see more.

Columbine eh billy? I looked for it tonite at HomeDepot when I got a lawnmower blade, I can't find it there. I hafta tell what happened to my lawnmower blade! I hit something and the mower stopped, I looked and the blade was bent so bad it was dragging on the ground! When I was parking it, the blade was lightly scraping the concrete. I hit a stump of a big old bush that I removed a little over 2 years ago. I hit it with a sledgehammer until it came out, it was dead.

Haha! That would be funny happ! But, I'd hafta refrain from telling if I replanted a Hosta that much! Actually, I replaced 3 out of the 6 in that bed 1 time each, so far! That could go up as I predict more bummers, the leaves on one that I just planted there seem to be curling, so not sure yet.

Here that 'Blue Fortune' Hyssop, it's doing well. I plan to plant it next to the red shed after I paint the shed. I want to plant by the shed like you have yours planted by your shed, billyp.

Well, I did a little more toward getting my pond's liner out, I pulled all the rocks back a bit. I might drain the pond tomorrow if replacing the lawnmower blade doesn't give me any grief. I gotta cut the grass tho, no bent blade is holding me back! My big pot of Blue Flag Iris from Imames is bursting with the Iris and is ready to be planted, where, is the question, I want to put it by my little BigLots wooden bridge. Actually, I have 2 pots of the Iris from Imames, the other one is a little smaller, I want to plant it too.

Thanks billyp on the color of those rocks. I drove a long way today to get more of them, they are a nice yellow, I ran out of them on the right side of that ramp's rocks earlier. I musta looked comical in my sombrero and orange vest, out there today! Fortunately, I have an economical car..lol I even have a big old rock in the trunk!


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billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 11, 2012
3:32 AM

Post #9119432

52°/80°/54°
Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. Warm. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph

Will,
I like your mantras, LOL!
Thanks! I do have quite a few iris that scent the air, but most, you have to get close to smell. A lot are licorace :o)
''Weather'' became a fast favorite of mine after I joined and it's always my first stop. We've lost a lot of people, but, old friends still write and we make new friends.
Oh dear! I hit a rock once and bent my blade. Luckily DH could pound it out. I've never hit anything since. It made such a horrendous noise when I did it.
The hosta will look great by the shed! It will also keep water from splashing up and ruining the wood over the years. Make sure to keep it from actually touching the shed at full growth. My shed is vinyl sided. Not painted so it won't rot.
YES, I'll bet you did look comical!!
How will you drain the pond?
Pictures look good!

It's Friday! I think I need to mow. Hang clothes for sure, and hopefully pot up more plants for the free pile. I've already walked around making notes of changes I want to make with the iris. The Pallidas, that smell like purple koolaid are really nice in a big area. I'm going to line the back of the South Peony with them. It should be a wonderful scented walk next year!

Have a carefree day!
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

May 11, 2012
5:29 AM

Post #9119494

Billy that is a beautiful picture...
I feel like I am behind again already...oh well. Lots to do this weekend as usual. I just don't have time to work...rofl.

I have to get my plants ready for the plant sale, we will stage them on Saturday, get them all priced, then I make informational tags for all of our plants, has the growing conditions, bloom times, propagation information, height, rather it spreads, watering and a picture of the plant in bloom. So I need to get all of those done and printed off. I want to this year attach the paper tag to that white plastic kind of honey comb stuff like some garage sale signs are made of. Does anyone know where I can get that? It has a solid white plastic front and back and then honeycomb in between the layers. The paper tags I attach to wooden shims and we push those in the pots but they flop around, if I could find some stiff backing to attach the sign to it would look alot nicer and easier to read and they would probably last more than a year.

I still have some iris blooming but I am toward the end. My spuria iris are blooming and they are doing great and my lilies are opening. I have about a million vines to rip out of the flower beds, the birds have been way to kind to me planting things...rofl.

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 11, 2012
8:10 PM

Post #9120483

Yeah, the mantras is good to know, I am honored that they thought to tell me such important stuff. I don't have any kids but I'd have a couple to tell my kids, if I had some, or just anybody that wants to listen. It would be, "don't tell anything to anybody" and, "honesty is not the best policy!" Haha! That's just me! I wouldn't really tell my kids those things, I'd let them find it out on their own!
Actually, I'd prolly tell my kids, (if I had any), "just talk to people, let them know who you are, if you have nothing to hide, don't worry about it"!

Well, I finally got the pond drained, the mosquito larvae was none too pleased. The Snapping Turtle that had taken up residence at the bottom wasn't amused either! Just kidding! There was no Snapping Turtle!
How am I going to drain it billyp? I put my cheap but trusty Harbor Freight $9.99 pump in the water and about 2 hours later, the pond was empty, of course, I had it discharge out of the pond! I filled up 2 big cans for the waterplants to be in, in the meantime. Man, I got lucky with that pump, it says, "clean water only", I've had it in that pond where the water is filthy! I can store it indoors though so maybe that helps. It has a pretty decent lift of 4 and a half feet, here it is. - http://www.harborfreight.com/200-gph-miniature-submersible-fountain-pump-68372.html I got it on sale, I buy everything on sale..lol

Haha, yeah, I think I was a funny looking sort when I was getting rocks yesterday! I even got a honk from a passer-by! It's prolly entertaining for somebody in their rush-hour to see somebody that looks like a clown, getting rocks! I think I'm going to wear my Jason hockey mask next time, the one I wear in the car when I'm driving. A hockey mask, an orange vest and a sombrero! Then, when the cops come I'll be long gone!

Pretty flowers happ, now I want some Spuria Iris! You are pretty busy I'd say. When you come to Independence I have a striped Wandering Jew and a SpiderPlant for you.
I know what kind of Honeycomb stuff your talking about, I've seen it but I don't know where to get it.

I forgot to show my big pots of Iris. That's the other Iris pot in the spare tire to my big trailer. -
Will


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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 11, 2012
8:12 PM

Post #9120485

Here is my bent lawnmower blade!

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billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 13, 2012
3:53 AM

Post #9121749

56°/73°/47°
Some clouds this morning will give way to generally sunny skies for the afternoon. High 73F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Happy Mother's Day!!

Happ,
There is a LOT of work involving a plant sale!!
Love the spuria iris!

Will,
Cracking up! That ''turtle'' had me worried about how you found him and kept your fingers!
Oh yeah, your pump! I hope you killed a million mosquito larve!
Great pictures of the big drain :o) Nice iris and bent blade. You really bent it!! A new one will be nice and sharp, so good came from bad.

I cut my seed potatoes into 30 pieces and have them drying before I plant. I need to check them today and will set them out Tuesday. Monday I go to DD's for the day.

It's cooled off, but still beautiful days here! I spent all afternoon yesterday, tagging plants, and all morning cleaning my garage and shed.

DH said a long dry spell coming. No rain till maybe next Saturday. I guess I'll be watering garden today. I broke down and set the tomatoes and peppers out. I never set them out till the first week in June.

Have a wonderful Sunday!
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

May 13, 2012
6:31 AM

Post #9121876

It was rainy and cold in Plattsburg, but went to the city yesterday earaly, was there by 5:30am, stopped by the office worked for an hour and then off to the farmers market...got some beautiful stuff...and we left right as it got really crowded about 9am...

Going this am to plant at the city barrels, hope everything turns out ok. I have several options and haven't decided for sure which way I am going. We staged out plants yesterday but only about 5 of us showed up. I hope the rest show up with plants, geehz we have about 1/2 as much as we usually do. This plant sale worries me to death, it has always turned out ok, but I can't help but worry. Did anyone of you to go to KC mg plant sale at bass pro?
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 13, 2012
12:58 PM

Post #9122252

Haha! Yeah, I think that mosquito larvae met it's match, - no water to swim in! I worked some more on it this afternoon, I just got the liner out and brushed and hosed it off, I even took a photo when my hands got dry enuff. - There was about 6 handfuls of smelly mud and leaves for me to scoop out, the liner wouldn't come out until I did, it was too heavy. Now, since I pulled the liner to a big flat spot in the driveway that was kinda in front of the pond, the pond is half full of hose water from hosing the liner!
Haha! Not really a Snapping Turtle! That has occurred to me though, I've seen those big Alligator Snapping Turtles walking the streets. What would stop them from sliding down into a water-pond somewhere, then there'd be trouble! And, if you had fish it would eat all the fish up. I remember once when I was a boy, fishing, I pulled up my stringer of one fish to leave and the fish was ate up, all but the head! I saw a turtle swim away right before that, then it hit me, that so and so turtle!

I'm gonna hafta return the new blade to HD because it's the wrong one. I better just get it at Walmart, that's where I bought the mower back in 2008. I've thought about bending the old blade back but my Mom says that might compromise it's integrity. One thing about doing all that mulching and stuff, there isn't that much grass, there never was but now there's even less.

At Lowes I bought a couple little cheap succulents to do up a concrete planter, maybe, here it is complete with sand and rocks..lol That 'Krossa Regal' Hosta already looks better since I dug it up by the ramp where it was languishing. Here is a closer up photo of the newest succulent addition. -

Bass Pro, not me, the one in Independence, MO. or Olathe, KS.? The last plant sale I was at was in Fall 04' at Powell Gardens, the only thing left from it is the big Persimmon in the backyard now.
Here's a photo of that plant sale back in Sept. 04'.





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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 13, 2012
1:28 PM

Post #9122265

Here is that Persimmon, the Spring after my friend bought it, it spent 1 Winter in a pot. This before and after photo has a not-so-recent after photo, but it shows the nice Fall color.
Will

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happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

May 13, 2012
2:57 PM

Post #9122334

bass pro shop in independence, that is where they hold their sale every year. tons of perennials, in fact two huge tent fulls. They have several greenhouses they are using including the one at the prision in Cameron Mo. Ours is next Saturday but it is nothing like theirss...rofl. Our plants are out of our gardens. No nursersies here..
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 13, 2012
5:56 PM

Post #9122529

If I had known about the sale I would have been there!! LOL. Not that I need more plants. Don't have room for them right now. I will need some more catmint to plant around my Westerland and Penny Lane roses but I will wait a little while on that. I just got them planted this morning. Need to get a pic.

Happy Mother's Day!!!
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 14, 2012
9:07 AM

Post #9123280

Yeah me too, I like a plant sale. That's neat getting plants out of people's gardens because then you know they are hardy here and are generally more apt to live. Unlike, for ex. a box store's plants, your not sure where they come from and if you don't keep up the constant watering schedule they were on (to ensure greenness no doubt) they'll die I found out, I'm pretty sure is why.

Oh, here's a pic of a Snapping Turtle walking the street. Well, he wasn't walking on his hind legs with six shooters drawn in each hand but he was definitely out there, (that's the street in the background)!
It was funny, I think it knew not to walk IN the street so it walked right next to it, just going thru yards like it was the boss. I don't think it is an Alligator Snapping Turtle after looking at photos, it appears to be a very large common one. Here is a side by side of the two - http://www.chelydra.org/common_alligator_snapping_turtle.html There was even a loose, big dog across the street, I remember it chased me into the bed of my truck but didn't hassle the turtle! I remember this nosy, elderly man, he says, "you sure got up into the back of your truck fast and got a shovel when that dog was coming", I think he found it amusing from his front porch!
Here's the house whose yard the turtle was walking thru. It was a HUD foreclosure that I was cleaning, see my vacuum cleaner on the porch and the foreclosure signs in the window? Sorry, I take photos of everything, my camera is like my best friend!

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 17, 2012
7:21 PM

Post #9127818

Where'd everybody go?! I am still working on the water-pond and stuff around here. Man, it is warming up here.
It looks like my Banana 'Basjoo' has expanded a little this year, I count 3 from one! I have another clump of Banana 'Basjoo' a few feet away, it has the same, about 3 sprouts this year.

I'm gonna try to make something of a raingarden just beyond the waterpond, I've already started a little on it, pulling away the mulch and getting ready to do some digging soon.
I need to try to create a raingarden that my friend here wants before she drains my waterpond and fills it in because it makes mosquitos!
Crit, if your out there, how's your pond coming? I looked at my crazy link to folks driving into the ocean up there following directions, it didn't even occur to me until later, that might insult somebody else, I was only talking about me, "I don't think I'd (myself) do that". : )

My rectangular planter full of Liatris is really coming along, maybe I'll have flowers in a month or so. -

'Luna Red' Hibiscus is starting out smaller than I hoped but at least it came back from last year. It wasn't even a harsh Winter and I'm surpised at how much stuff didn't come back!
Well, it was only 3 or 4 things that didn't come back so guess it coulda been worse.

I'm gonna get this climbing pink Rose planted soon. Boy, the selection at Kmart isn't very good now, this was the last climber, pink wouldn't have been my first choice and it looks terrible, but at least it has a little green on it, so it shouldn't be too bad, being pink should even work out okay.
Will

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2012
5:22 PM

Post #9128942

Will, have you checked on Penny Lane lately? Just wondering if it made it.

Your hibiscus looks good. I have one I'm holding for a friend and it isn't much bigger than yours. The good thing is it's bushy!!
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2012
8:20 PM

Post #9129090

I checked the roots, there's no white on the roots. I replanted it deeper, I'll keep watering it for a while. Unfortunately, it's not looking too good for Penny Lane I'm afraid.

Thanks pepper, I hope that Hibiscus stays good! I'll take bushy and flowers too hopefully!

I finally am covering up the 8 kitty litter buckets with the 3 Bamboo P. Bissetii plants in them. They seem to be okay with shooting up some this year. Their roots can't have much room so I plan to trim them at 8 feet or so if they get that tall, they're already 4 - 6 feet now.

I'm getting all that black dyed mulch covered up. Getting that black mulch was a terrible decision, that was almost as bad as buying a pea green little lamp at Kmart years ago, as soon as I walked out of the store with it I was thinking, "this thing is hideous, why did I buy it?!".

Here's my former Stephenson's Restaurant Wisteria seed fence planting along the driveway.

I got that pink climbing Rose planted next to a red Honeysuckle on my former futon frame trellis.

I dug up an old photo with that putrid green lamp in it, (sorry, I had to blur me out, it was more unflattering than usual!). At least it worked for several years, I no longer have that lamp!
Will

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 19, 2012
5:00 PM

Post #9129896

That's really stange that your Penny Lane apparently didn't make it. If I knew how to do cuttings I would do a cutting of mine later in the year but I don't know if I will be able to do it right. I'll look into it.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 19, 2012
7:16 PM

Post #9130029

If you wanna try that that'd be great, Pepper. Maybe if yours gets big enuff with extra parts, don't rush it. The one time I tried Rose cuttings, last year, it didn't work. But, I didn't do exactly what they recommend like soil temperature just right and with Rose rooting hormone or anything. This is a story of a lady that put Mason jars over them. - http://scvrs.homestead.com/Cuttings1.html If you could get Penny Lane cuttings though you could probably sell them too. I've got 3 Rose plants, I'll try it too, I could trade you! Did you know they say Mason jars fit on a blender, say you've broken the pitcher part. It said bananas also ripen slower if they are separated, somebody told me in a forwarded email.

Hey, check this out! When I was draining my waterpond I found a small pot of something that apparently fell to the bottom. It was a small Rush that happ gave me last year! It still had some green on it so I'm gonna see if it's alive. It is likely dead but I am gonna wait awhile to be sure. I put it in this Silver bowl of water and I water it regularly.

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JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

May 20, 2012
10:54 AM

Post #9130676

Well, it been over a year of the Joplin Tornado on May 22 so I took some pictures today and it was so neat to see...

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JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

May 20, 2012
10:57 AM

Post #9130679

Also I post some pictures in my Facebook as Anna M Russell and enjoy to see all of the new places...

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 20, 2012
5:08 PM

Post #9131020

It's starting too look good down there!! We went thru at the end of March. I was amazed at how far the city has come in transforming the area. Still a long ways to go but major progress already.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 20, 2012
8:03 PM

Post #9131258

Yes, it is looking good there Anna, glad to see the recovery. The United Arab Emirates was in the news for giving 5 million dollars to the St. Johns hospital there. -
http://www.joplinglobe.com/topstories/x915983006/United-Arab-Emirates-gives-5-million-toward-medical-center-replacement
I watched that waiting room video there, it is nasty!

JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

May 21, 2012
2:18 AM

Post #9131422

This tree got painting last week as "Spirit Tree"...

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happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2012
10:09 AM

Post #9131988

Must seem odd not to have any old trees in Joplin for such a large path...

Thank goodness our plant sale is over! We did really well I think, I know we were swamped for 2 hours straight, but it is great and got at least 2 people signed up who are interested in joining us...yeah! We sold some strange tomato names: Abe Lincoln, Big Red tomato, Black Krim (which I have heard of), Box Car Willie, Morgage Lifter (which is another I had heard of), gosh there must of been another 6 I have never heard of but can't remember their names.

Now I can start on my stuff...in fact Sunday we started on the pergola...finally. I even got some pots planted and a couple of items replanted...still have a bunch to do, like catch up on all of the weeds and the tree seeds sprouting but at least I am starting. Also have one of the city barrels planted so now if I can get the last one done I will be in the home stretch.

Have to get the gardens and stuff cleaned up because the mg's are coming to my house in July...at least most of them understand not everything being perfect but you always want to present a nice garden if possible.

Yes long weekend coming up...good deal.

JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

May 21, 2012
1:26 PM

Post #9132223

Last week, the volunteers plant 161 trees in different parks... That why 161 dead in Joplin, MO...
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

May 21, 2012
7:49 PM

Post #9132797

OK, I'm finally back. lol Been so busy with all the projects in the yard that I haven't even been ON the computer for at least a week!

Will, we put the pond on hold until DH finished the new flower bed because I have plants in pots that I wanted to put in there. He is now done with his part and is going back to the pond. I have to finish laying the paper down and putting my plants in the ground and lining the edges with rock. Then goes the mulch and I'll be done for this year, I hope. lol Will probably be tweeking on it all summer.

JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

May 22, 2012
4:22 PM

Post #9134075

I just watch on TV about 1 Day of Unity and they has 6 tube like Time Capsule inside of the box and cover it with the name of people who died in tornado...

http://www.joplinglobe.com/tornadomay2011/x915986060/SLIDESHOW-One-year-later-One-day-of-unity
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 22, 2012
7:47 PM

Post #9134434

That was a good painting of that Spirit Tree, nice, creative painting but poor tree. I saw Obama in Joplin on tv, I'm glad to see all the improvement there.

Hi Crit, welcome back, working on the pond some more?! Me too! I'll probably change it to a raingarden, it'll probably be dry most of the time if I do that. It's a pretty deep hole for the run-off, it'll fill up on occasion though and keep mud off the driveway. I can change it back later if we want to, but this way my friend can stop referring to it as a hole in the ground that I made. It's more important that I make her happy so she don't throw me out! lol What I'll probably do is make large holes for big pots full of water for the 2 Water-Irises for a raingarden. I got a shiny trashcan for the hardy Water-Lily to sit in water. I might make one of those bathtub water features if I can find a bathtub. I'd like a bigger waterpond someday to have fish and lots of waterplants.

I dug up a big Mason jar. I thought I might get one and practice what I preach on the replacement blender pitcher that I was boasting about! This big one apparently has the right size opening. There must be more sizes, there is 2 sizes here, one big and one smaller but just right. I even got a photo of it upside down and full of water and it didn't leak a drop! I figure it's just a matter of time until my original blender pitcher cracks or breaks, it's over 10 years old. I use it regularly for chocolate shakes, I used it today.

Here's my vacant lot in small-town Kansas the other day. I'm having all the big weed trees on the lot cut down. They were making a mess all the time and keeping grass from growing, not to mention they were making a perfect situation for Ground Ivy (Gill-Over-The-Ground), and it was making my nose run when I mowed it! That guy is making firewood to sell, I told him he can keep the proceeds. He's doing a good job, I go there fairly regularly and check out the progress. That short trip is always perfect also to get some free rocks, which I did!
Will

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billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 23, 2012
3:50 AM

Post #9134667

Too far behind to catch up and I have to get breakfast and go again this morning.

It's been busy here and I've been gone more than home, or outside more than in. Today, it's back out to Sara's to help her. When I get home it will be time for dinner and I need to mow after. We have had no rain so the serious watering has started. The astilbes are getting fried so I watered them twice yesterday. Most of the tags got raked out last fall with the walnut tree debris so I need to get out my chart, tag them and move the best to a shady spot. Which I weeded, and pottted extra columbine for the free pile. As soon as I add to the free pile someone stops, LOL! I can't keep up :o)

No new pictures till it's trimmed a little better, but... Oh yes I did. 8'' gone. I noticed the other day after I washed it, the ends were really dry, as it dried. So I decided to whack it off while it still looked pretty good to save :o)

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 23, 2012
8:53 PM

Post #9136077

Eeek Sally! I'd be bald if I cut off that much! Your hair looks good long, I think you can spare that much!

Well, one year has come and gone in Joplin, what a year it has been, from total destruction of many of the buildings there to mostly rebuilt, you still see affected trees everywhere.
I'm sure the people in that storm will never forget it, which is about everybody there. I know I'll remember where I was May 22, 2011, waiting for it to maybe come here too!
This is all we got to scare us bad!

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

May 24, 2012
3:04 PM

Post #9137017

A year ago I cut 12" off of my hair and donated it to Locks of Love. A couple of weeks ago I cut it again, the shortest it has been since I was a kid, just below my ears. I now have another 8" to send in. May keep it short for a while, is sure nice in the heat. I always had it up in a pony tail anyway. May let it grow back waist length before I cut a significant amount again. My cutting is all curls! lol
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 24, 2012
8:15 PM

Post #9137455

Hehe.. now I don't feel so bad for cutting my own hair, well usually I do, sometimes I go somewhere to get it fixed after I've cut it too much.
Speaking of hair, no holes have been dug by squirrels since I put my hair clippings in with the flowers and the soil, thanks Crit! Here's a pic of my Liatris today. -
Anybody want to see my video-clip of it storming here tonite, it's only a minute 56 seconds long, I hope you like the sound of rain and thunder! It's kinda eerie, and even looks eerie here, so much destruction so near to one year ago this week. Sirens were going off a minute earlier than my video-clip - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VQgrEW_WdU&feature=youtu.be That was dusk and it was pretty light out then.
My Fall Mum is blooming already! Maybe it'll bloom again in the Fall. -
Billyp, there is plenty of time, stop trying to catch everything up, it's okay! You guys! Don't you know, it'll be fine, it's good to be busy! : )
Have a glass of cold tea (with sugar) and smell the lovely flowers at your houses! : )
Here is a photo eerily similar to the stormy one up there. -
That Red Lily from Pepper is getting ready to bloom like crazy! I counted nearly 20 flower buds on that, which was a pretty small plant 3 years ago. That's a Purple Coneflower plant right of it, it has 3 or 4 flowers coming itself. The cracked mud pond there is probably full of rainwater now. Here's my Red Lily -
Here's the front of the house, I hung up two Boston Ferns, I've got a couple compliments on them, from people here! They were only $5.50 ea. at Lowes so I thought, "what the heck, lunch at McDonalds or Boston Ferns", I went with the Boston Ferns! - I am trying to do less clutter in the landscaping, for example, after I took this photo I brought those 2 kitty litter jugs inside.
I re-stacked patio blocks, my smaller (so far unused) freebie rocks and my wood pile. I am trying to make better use of my time with some labor, that stuff's not going to do itself I suspect!
Will

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

May 25, 2012
7:30 AM

Post #9137883

Will, I do cut my husband's hair, but do not trust myself (or HIM) to cut mine. I go to a friend of mine's salon to have it done. :-)

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happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2012
9:01 AM

Post #9138039

Oh I think donating that hair is a great thing for the kiddos. I have a friend that does that as often as she can. It will be real short then lets it grow out and off it comes again. I don't have long hair but I don't know many kiddos that would want white hair... ;)

Will, yes you need to make the home owner happy...rofl, I use a half whiskey barrel that I have a small water garden in and it works fine. When I first fill it with water it leaks a little but then the wood swells up and works fine. I even think habor freight at one time had a plastic version that I used until I got the real wood one. I am pretty sure those water iris will grow just about anywhere, by a down spout, a water runoff garden. Pretty tough.

I have not made it to independence, the family keeps coming to my house...rofl. Good to see them, they have been out fishing, but I will make it there sooner or later... ;)

Got to buy tires, yuck, no fun at all! Especially when I think what great plants I could be buying...rofl. Kind of like you Will...

Two days off of work Wed and Thursday and the pergola is done...I didn't get to take pics, in that we got done right as the thunder and light. started...I am soooo sore you wouldn't believe it...rofl. Now to start the potting bench...I am so excited it feels like Christmas... DH says I need some cross pieces which I will do later this summer but it is done...and waiting for a great potting bench. The pergola is 16 feet long post to post and I am considering making the "potting bench"/storage go along the west side. I have a huge old cast iron sink, a metal furnace grated for the dirt to fall thru when I am potting, plus my big stain glass...hopefully it will turn out nice and not all junky looking. Fingers crossed.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 25, 2012
5:29 PM

Post #9138692

Will, your mums probably won't bloom this fall. You are supposed to pinch the buds off if you see it forming them early like this. For the first time ever, mine are doing that too. I got one mum plant pinched but need to get the others. Gonna cheat and just use my pruners. I have too many to do it by hand!! lol
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 25, 2012
7:26 PM

Post #9138826

Haha, yeah, that pond is full of rainwater now! Ack! I wanted Fall Mums! Oh well, I have another smaller pot of Mums, I'll pinch them if it gets buds.
Here is the newest addition to my cactus/ succulent concrete planter, (mostly succulents, well, all succulents..lol, I don't really want to get poked by needles!) I learned at Home Depot today that not all cactuses will poke you, this girl was squeezing one on the same shelf I was looking at, she tells her brother or some smaller kid, "my Grandma has one of these it don't poke you", she said to the kid. Then she says, "ouch, well most of the time it don't poke!" rofl! I was gonna get that one until I read the mature size - 5 feet, too tall! Anyway, the new one is the green one in the middle, I splurged on that one, it was a whopping $4.98.
I plan to rearrange them later, it looks funny now. I need to get that rock out of there and replace it with a smaller one too.

Okay happ, no hurry on coming, I'll still be here, barring winning the lottery, which isn't likely to happen since I don't play!

Yeah, I told my homeowner friend that I wanted to change it to a raingarden and she was into it. She isn't crazy about the depth of it now, but I told her it'll be filled up with mud and leaves in no time. The likelihood of me getting the boot has come back down a notch now! Haha! I'm just kidding, she wouldn't really throw me out, she knows I pay rent, she'd have to give me 30 days notice!
When I cleaned the pond the other day, I scooped out about 3 gallons of smelly mud and leaves from the runoff, and that was from less than a year of accumulation.

Yeow Crit, that is some curls there, like Goldilocks! Like that episode of King of Queens where Carrie cuts her hair big to sell it for $2,000! I know you said your donating yours, that's neat too.

Isn't it so much easier buying plants than buying what is really needed? There is a trick to making the purchase of plants worth it. It isn't hard, I think they'd bring people alot more happiness if they just let them live year after year and let them get big and old like I try to do!

Thanks happ, a half-whiskey barrel is a good idea.

These peaches are really coming in. Now, if the squirrels will stay off of them!

Here is the big Mimosa already in bloom, the Hummingbirds will like that, that's some of my potted plants also in that shot, they are awaiting planting. I hate to stray but that big Swamp White Oak up close, I grew it from an acorn that I got from an arboretum near here called Powell Gardens in 2005. I just need a great big place to plant it someday. I have several trees like that, they started out small and now are getting pretty good size, an American Elm, a Chinkapin Oak, a Ponderosa Pine, a Leyland Cypress and an Eastern White Pine come to mind. Hehe.. the Ponderosa Pine (in the white wicker basket) came attached in a small seed packet that was attached to a shirt that I bought as a souvenir from the ArborDay lodge in 2004, it is getting quite large now! The American Elm I grew from a seed from the Illinois state champion American Elm tree, (it's in that photo, it's in the black pot in the front). The Chinkapin Oak I grew from an acorn from Burr Oak Woods State Park in 2006, it's in that photo too, (it's in the other red pot over on the left). The Eastern White Pine was a free seedling from visiting the ArborDay museum in 2004 too. The Leyland Cypress was just cheap, it was $3 in Fall 2010. I'm not sure what's in the white kitty litter jug, it is something that I started years ago but I'm not getting rid of it because I don't know what it is, I'm fairly sure it's either a Wisteria or a Kentucky Coffeetree, I used to grow them both regularly.

Here is the stacking, it's a work in progress. I need to drill drain holes in those 2 buckets, (in the background), before I put all those little scrap wood pieces in them.
I plan to finish that area this year! I said that last year! Haha!
Will

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2012
7:45 AM

Post #9139191

That's too bad you have to fill in your pond Will. After all the work you did on it!!!!

DH is still working on ours. Smoothing the sides and going to mortor between the stones on the retaining wall, as the liner will be going up the sides of it.

Too many eggs in one basket right now. I'm still trying to get the paper all down so I can start planting in my new bed. Yippeeeeeee And need to see about getting a pickup load of cedar mulch. I don't have near enough to do this big bed!
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

May 26, 2012
2:37 PM

Post #9139580

No rain here like we got downtown. Not fair cause we have the humidity today!
It is HOT...yuc
The ground is cracked and so dry.
did I tell you all we got chickens and ducks?
We put the ducks in a kids swimming pool and they had so much fun and I had as much fun watching them they are real characters.
Everything is blooming at the wrong g time this year. My clematis has been blooming for the longest time.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2012
4:58 PM

Post #9139741

I have one clematis blooming again right now. Has several blooms on it. I just looked at it and shook my head. lol.

I hope all the rain forcast for this upcoming week hits at least some of us. Especially me!! LOL
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2012
8:22 PM

Post #9139968

Yeah, it was a lotta work. I don't HAVE to convert it to a raingarden. The path of least resistance is always easiest to follow I guess! I want to eventually be able to do more to have a nice, big pond, with fish, big fountains and water-plants everywhere. My friend and I get along well most of the time and I don't want to give her more to get upset about. She is really against giving mosquitos a place to breed. She sees the little swimmers in there and she knew it was mosquitos. It's just her thing, she has always emptied out any container that collected water, I knew that pond was making her nuts. I don't argue with her or anything, this IS her house. I'll make a nice one someday, I might just make it at my place in small-town Kansas.

Chickens and ducks are good, happ. You said your DH came home with some.
Boy, the chicks sure like this cat! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=YQJDCaKLk1o
I remember as a kid my Grandma had them running around with no head on them! That was one of her best memories of back in the day, having everybody over for chicken dinner!
I once entered my white chicken in a contest. My older cousin or somebody played a trick on me and convinced me (as a young kid) I'd win if I painted it pink! I spray painted it pink and didn't win anything! lol
I was the oldest sibling growing up but I had older cousins and even my uncle was a bit of a prankster. As a kid, I slept with the light on. They never said who did it but I now think somebody put a cutout of a big, scary face in the window so it cast on the wall and scared the poop outta me!

I planted a Peppermint plant in this planter on the privacy fence -



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happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

May 28, 2012
12:05 PM

Post #9142003

Really like that planter Will, perfect place for an herb, I have some kind of dark leafed herb all over the place...and can't get rid of it.
I have been in the sauna box...rofl. I started cleaning out the garden shed, no windows and it is getting warm in there. I have the biggest mess and need to get it together before Tuesday! But I came in to cool off.

Will I have an idea for your property in Kansas...kind of like they do in England. Save your pennies and put one of these wooden storage sheds on it and make it into a tiny house...have you seen the stuff on tiny houses.? They are so cool. I even saw some built on tiny trailers you can pull. Then all you have to do is get a compost comode, haul some water and you are good to go for a weekend or so...That is sort of what we did when we first bought this property. rofl.

Well I am cooled off, back to the hot box. I have been building shelves and all kinds of storage things...
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 28, 2012
6:08 PM

Post #9142408

Thanks happ, that Peppermint plant seems to like it too so far. I've heard of people that turn sheds into little houses. I don't know if the small city where my lot is would allow that, but it's worth asking.
I'd do a shed house if I could! You may have been thinking about these little homes here - http://tortoiseshellhome.com I looked into them. They are promoted basically to be sold then built on their trailer for around 30k. But you can buy the materials it says without their trailer for $4,400 (naked Galapagos - http://tortoiseshellhome.com/Naked.html , which seems kinda sketchy so I don't know what's up there, it appears to be minus everything but the studs).
Will

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 28, 2012
7:28 PM

Post #9142517

That lily looks great!!

Here's one of my lilies blooming. A newbie.

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2012
6:19 PM

Post #9145401

Here is my Hall's Honeysuckle. It has reached the top of my trellis and would like to climb even higher. I want to kinda dig that clothesline post up some and straighten up that post more though, maybe first I don't know, it has a pretty bad lean. It's already about 8 feet tall. -

Here is my shade garden looking pretty shady!

Is that a waterhole or what?! It's where my waterpond used to be. -

Here come my 'Luna Red' Hibiscus. -

My poor Waterlilies are relegated to this can! -
Will

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2012
6:19 PM

Post #9145402

Thanks Pepper, I got it from you, hope your parent plant is doing just as well! I took some more photos of it today, it has more and better flowers now, that first one looked a bit rough, they are in the first photo.

Your Lily looks good too there Pepper!

Some Purple Coneflowers are coming out, this is only the second flower to appear yet, it's kinda pale but they are getting more purple with each one, it's the second photo - .

This rain is sure welcome. Boy, that was some thunder last nite! It was a perfect example of "rolling thunder" last nite. It was really an unusual example of rain and thunder last nite. After that "rolling thunder" it started raining, it was less rain than I hoped but it was more than enuff to water plants one time. It was on the news about all the thunder but oddly enuff there was no mention on the channel I watched of this "rolling thunder" that was so different and opened for all the rain. And it's raining again tonite, yippee!!

That Peppermint is really liking it's place on the fence!

The Purple Liatris is getting further along in it's countdown to flowers in the big rectangular planter! -

Here comes the Elephant Ears, I bought 4 big bulbs and put them in this big, black pot. -

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billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 30, 2012
6:28 PM

Post #9145416

Thanks Will,

Crit,
I found a ruler and it was almost 10''. I thought about ''Locks of Love,'' but I don't have any hair saved like my relatives used to. I am selfish enough to want to keep it and remember that it was that long.
Curls! Lucky Lock reciever!
Your hair is beautiful!!

Will,
The rain and thunder sounds nice!
You'll love the liatris when it blooms!

Happ,
Awesome! I can't wait to see pictures of the pergola! I think your potting bench wil be sooo neat!

Pepper,
Well yikes! I better look at my Mums. I have an old fashioned kind tho. One is white and one is dark red. Neither bloom until the middle of October, just beating the frost and hard freeze. I've never pinched.

Will,
You're changing your pond to a rain garden? That will be interesting. I know how hard you worked on it, but I like the idea. It will be a lot less maintanance.
I remember the chickens running around, actually flopping, after having their head cut off. Dang scary stuff I tell you!! They would head right for you!
Meanies, to scare a little kid.
Love the planter on the fence! I have spearmint in a pot. Smells just like the gum!

Happ,
Those tiny shed houses are sooo neat!

Pepper,
I have that lily. Is it called Royal Sunset?

We got groceries this morning and took the Grandkids home. I mowed and also cleaned house. Tomorrow is laundry and dishes. I also need to pick spinach and maybe freeze some. Life never stops :o)
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2012
7:27 PM

Post #9145492

I'm not sure if it's Royal Sunset or not. Yours looks fuller than mine. I will have to check more pics tomorrow and see. I don't even remember planting this lily so that makes it harder to remember the name. lol
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2012
8:32 PM

Post #9145601

Fancy seeing you at this hour Sally! Eeekk, ten inches of hair! I'm looking forward to that Liatris in bloom! I wanna have a bunch of clutter out of the way, even that green trailer for that, so even people driving down the street can see it, I crave attention I tell you!! Yeah, I think I should just convert the waterpond to a raingarden for my friend. She would get more enjoyment out of it and I want her to like what I do in her yard.
At least I know there's no electrical lines or anything there! She is anti-mosquito in a big way, waterponds aren't conducive to not having mosquitos!

You mowed again?! I haven't mowed since I bent the mower blade a long time ago! I went over the tall grass with the weedeater again today. I've been to 7 places to get this steenking mower blade, and I STILL don't have it! Here's the first wrong blade..lol - http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=9120485 There is so little grass now, I'm not expecting a visit from the city's lawn police, but I've been wrong before!
It's NOT a rare mower, I bought it at Walmart in 08'. I finally broke down and asked this guy at Walmart to PLEASE order the blade. They supposedly stock it, but it's always out at this one Walmart and they weren't ordering it apparently. I had gone there a second time to buy it because I thought surely it'd be in stock, but it was still empty! A closer Walmart doesn't even stock lawnmower accessories, which is odd because for one it's a big store and three they just should sell lawnmower accessories if they sell my lawnmower!

Meanies, they oughta be ashamed of themselves! I look back and think, "those rascals"!

Oh, I love herbs too, if only to rub my hands over them as I pass by, sometimes my hands would smell from other stuff!

Royal Sunset eh, I hope that's what it is, that's a good name.

My Wisteria planting from those seedpods from the former Stephenson's Restaurant is coming along. I plan to fill that all the way up with Cedar mulch as soon as it looks like all the Wisteria seedlings have come up through what mulch is there, I thought I remembered putting way more seeds in there, oh well, I have to get my seeds from Worlds Of Fun or somewhere now. -

Here's the TropiCanna from Pepper going upward all the time. It looks quite a bit different (in a good way) than the ones I see at the stores for sale now. Maybe it has taken an appearance more of adapting to this region than where it was shipped from, maybe Florida? I kinda doubt the ones at the store get this big. It's already about 3 - 4 feet tall, by Summer's end it may be 6 feet tall, (I plan to paint that shed)! -

How about a houseplant?! Here is my Philodendron 'Micans' in all of it's glory! It's a good sport so far, it isn't as bushy as I'd like but at least it seems to be doing well.

Here is a Banana 'Basjoo' still small but putting on size after a mild Winter. -

Even the Ditchlilies from happ are getting in on the blooming action! I'm kinda pondering planting them in the ground because then I might have more of them than I planned! I do like them though, I might leave them in a big pot. -
Will

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happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

May 31, 2012
5:25 AM

Post #9145822

A big pot is a good place for ditch lilies cause once they are in the ground they are there to stay...rofl.

Not one drop of rain in my garden for at least 3 weeks if not more now...nothing, nada, not a drop. I was really hoping last night, I don't know what happened...dark outside right now, maybe you all will get some rain, I think I have given up hope. I bought some mulch yesterday, think I will go back and buy more drip hoses today...and get them down then start mulching. The veggies are already covered in drip in hoses.

Worked on the chicken taj Macoop last night. Some how three of the chickens got out and I believe it was Shortie the dog who got the chickens...we didn't see it, the chickens managed to fly or climb up a 6 ft pen...so we are going to add a tarp over the top...geehz.

Well everyone have a great day. Later

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 31, 2012
7:21 AM

Post #9145983

50°/59°/44°
Rain early... then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High 59F. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 mph. Rainfall may reach one inch.

I woke up to rain and we already have 6/10''. That's on top of the half inch we got Monday.

Pepper,
Mine came from a friend. There were two bulbs just on top of the ground and I popped them off. The plant didn't ''expose'' itself for a good year or more. They seem to grow nice and thick in a short time.
This picture is from 2007 so I must have got them at least in 2006. The new bloom is dark. They fade over the days they're open.

Will,
I had just got out of the shower and washed my hair. I had to let it dry, so managed to turn on the computer instead of sitting in front of the TV and falling asleep :o)
I think the water garden is a great idea.The pond was cool and you learned a lot making it. Now you wuill learn something new. It's great that your friend gets a little involved with the great outdoors :o)
If it rains, I mow every four or five days. Right now it's a week apart.
No, I just meant that every few years they change something about aa part so it doesn't fit the old appliance. You will probably get the blade, but if it was 5 more years older, and you might not have.
The wysteria are growing! The canna looks great! Sometimes I miss having a philodendren. Take cuttings to shorten it by half and root them. Pot them all up and the philo will look great! Beautiful banana! The ditch lilies will fill the pot in no time, butr you could take a few out and plant far away in a corner and still keep some in a pot.

Happ,
We went thru a good month without rain and finally, at the last minute got a little. Then we were dry again till last Monday and today. They say we'll be hot and dry all summer. :o(
Chickens do fly and can reach a low limb in a tree. It's a shame they got got :o(

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 31, 2012
7:23 AM

Post #9145988

Pepper,
I forgot the picture, LOL!

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 31, 2012
6:35 PM

Post #9146916

That last pic looks alot more like mine. That probably what it is called then. lol

Will, keep them ditch lilies in the pot. And make sure the roots can't touch dirt underneath. My grandma tried to kill hers once by piling a dumptruck load of dirt on top of the ditch lilies and the lilies still managed to grow thru the pile. Can't kill them.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

May 31, 2012
7:31 PM

Post #9147020

Hehe.. happ, Taj MaCoop! How'd you get it from The Donald?! That's a nice Lily billy, there must be different shaped flowers on Lilies, yours is more rounded and pointy, my 2 are square at the tips.

Here is my Ponderosa Pine in a cup as an ArborDay lodge souvenir seed, and here it is today as a big seedling 8 years later! That other cup says "Taco", but I didn't plant a taco! That's what my friend Guy affectionately calls the common name for a tree he found in Illinois in a Taco Bell parking lot, (Quercus X bebbiana, Bebb Oak!). Anyway, the Ponderosa Pine is the first and second photos. That's my $3 Leyland Cypress right of it. -

Here is the Taco Oak, I'm not sure how it's doing today, I haven't heard. It's unique also in that it's roots were spilling over an above ground terrace-like thing. It has a neat Fall color and it is a fast growing tree, for an Oak. -

Eeek! I think I'll be keeping those Ditch Lilies in a big pot! I like some Royal Sunset Lilies!

Boy, that dark red Rose from happ is really taking off, here it is today, shooting upward! -

Here is my Fall Mums or is it Spring Mums?!
Will

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happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

June 1, 2012
12:46 PM

Post #9147868

Ditch lilies are like bamboo, and they live forever. We had them growing along the ditch which is a good place, when the county decided to regrade the ditches and they scrapped a huged amount of dirt away...I thought they were all lost forever, it was so ugly...wrong, in 2 years they were stronger than before I think..rofl. When I first started gardening knowing how ditch lilies were I was afraid of the hybrid daylilies because I thought they would act the same way...rofl. Should of know the growers were never going to let you buy something so beautiful that would be that strong... ;)

About froze last night working on the coop, it was so cold and windy...still no rain. Head count on chickens tonight was the same as in the morning, which I think is a good thing...rofl.

Will I thought rose would of been bigger, she must still be adjusting. I bought a new rose, but still don't like the color so it is going somewhere else. May be I don't like red roses on a bush? hummmm? I did plant a pink rose that will climb about 20 feet and I have it starting it on a trellis over the garden room door. It is blooming and smells so good. Can't think of the name right now.

pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 1, 2012
5:49 PM

Post #9148309

New thread for June!!!!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1262596/

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