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Right now spiderwort is growing on the roadside, outside of my fence...I've been pulling all shoots that wander! Have more weeding to do in the veggie garden...I was going to plant my cutting garden in rows this year, then decided to broadcast the seed instead...shoot me, please...can't tell the weeds from the baby plants, & some are growing on top of each other!
I match the plants with the pot which I picked out to go with the space in the first place. But that is in an optimal situation. So mostly I have pots that I have had for years that I put where they look best according to size, color and shape. Then they get planted with what ever I have or can buy that goes together. Some work, some don't, but as I love having tons of containers filled with color even those that aren't so perfect just become part of the chorus and blend with the rest or I move them to some spot where they look better.
But Jo Ann has some of the best containers that I have seen on DG so I think her ideas will be the best too. Patti
This sounds like a science.My planters were bought 10 years ago for the driveway of my old house because they were cheap and classic.
I joined my daughter, and hers were probably bought the same way.
OUR combined planters on the deck of the new house are eclectic to say the least.
I pretty much do what patti does as far as plants except I controle the major number and overall "look" by ordering choices from RD after a winter of plans.
The plants are combined for themselves. and because the planters dont stand out much , the plants are what are most visible.
I dont consult with DD as to which colors she is going to buy for her planters because she likes geraniums and petunias and all manner of flowers so I stick to colored leaves. Thats how the rail pot is white petunias and red geraniums and my pots in the area are deep subtle colors, a cacafiny( sp) of color.
We live together and there are areas where I just dont interfere.
Garden is a pleasure for both of us with different results which work when viewed overall.
I also love the cobalt pots but there is no place to store them over winter.
I buy pots for their color & form...my fav is cobalt...that said, this year I was too lazy to plant any pots, but I'm thinking about some annuals because the perennials will be gone quickly this year...
I just did a tweak of our containers so they look as best as they can for this tour tomorrow.
I went to a luncheon today for the people involved. Lovely lobster salad etc in a home that had amazing gardens and a site to die for right on the harbor. Their garden was way out of our league. Their garden staff does an amazing job, but I wasn't too fond of the 3 dancing frogs playing musical instruments that cost more than my car and towered over me. But some of their property was breathtaking. I didn't have my camera and thought it would be rude to shoot with my cell phone as it was a luncheon.
I think, with a quick walk about in the early a.m. to dead head anything that needs it and then a quick final sweeping of the hardscapes, we will be as ready as we can be. It is going to be warm, but nothing like it will be on the mainland so I hope we get some visitors. One of my dear friend in NYC sent me a funny email which I am sharing with you all.
Quoting:Here's wishing you a good tour tomorrow! I'm sure all the plants are behaving as they should and that it will be splendid. Of course, if it is 900 degrees like it is in NYC it may be a bit toasty for your tour-group! Hose 'em down if they get crabby!
Patti: my excitment leveled off when you said "staff".We have gardens like that here,Looks great but I dont think the oeners appresiate them as much as those of us who toil.
I have 1 helper who comes twice a year to clean and edge.
Here's why.See the elderly woman with a prop walking the garden?
Half and hour to go and I am showered and dressed. I said "stop " to my obsessing an hour ago. Hard to do as I keep seeing things that I want to prune or move or make bloom . Not happening. Not doing this again any time soon, though we got things done that I had wanting to do for years. Hot even here today. Patti
Patti, the garden near the ocean is beautiful, but Jo is right...it doesn't reflect a personal space, just one that is taken care by gardeners...my gardens are a wild hodge-podge, but they are mine, & obviously say something very crazy about me, but oh, well! Jo, you do amazingly well in your gardens...Jen, I like the pots, they will keep that space colorful all summer!
here are a couple shots of cairns i built recently
the first one (same one in second shot) was quite a challenge doing it alone - very heavy stone and its base is a boulder, nothing level - crashed down on me more than a half a dozen times before i got it to stand - stable now... i hope
Heavens, I just found a very noticeable weed by the front, so there is probably, at this very minute, a massive email going back and fourth to all those folks who came and are now complaining that our garden was a weed infested mess. The dogs were able to stay outside and behaved beautifully. No barking or jumping up and they dug no more huge holes while the tour was happening. Most pleased as I wasn't sure what we should do with them. I took some shots this morning and will post some of them later. Patti
I know there are many more weeds lurking, but it did look pretty dang spit and polished today. However by the time we get back from New Orleans on July 3rd, they will be all back and thumbing their noses at me. My brother is staying here with the dogs, but he doesn't weed. He will water if things if they are screaming, but the dogs adore him and he is very neat and orderly, so we will come home to no problems except some weeds.
Wha, I am going to have to start collecting some interesting stones for a wonky cairn on the property at some point. Looked at them again tonight and do love them. I must stop and see them in person soon. Patti
open door here for you patti - i would think that you could find some in VT especially on the stream bank - check out the ones i posted from bedrock gardens - wish i could find some big flat ones with lichen like they have - the two i used where buried, i could only see a small piece of them coming out of the ground, could tell they should be flat and started digging - needless to say i will be looking for more - have some slate here although not convinced that would have the look i want
Wha, So you should drive up to Vt once we are finished with the addition and clean up the property and score some rocks from us. I did love the Bedrock posting, but like your middle cairn one better than theirs, so there!
Packing for trip to an even hotter place. New Orleans will be fun but way too hot. We apparently broke a June heat record here on Nantucket yesterday as it was in the 90's. No wonder I was melting. When walking the garden this morning I found more weeds and realized that I told a zillion people that one plant was called Red Dragon instead of White Dragon, which was way dumb as it had big white plumes. Strike Two. Patti
hmmmm - sounds like you are trying to get me to work for some choice flat rocks - i will need to see pictures of these rocks first :)
now you have me thinking - we have not visited our friend out in the berkshires in a couple years - all the "post" stones on the cairn with the round rock on top were from the brook down the steep hill on her property - might have to bring the two wheeler with us on the next visit - in the past i carried these about 50 yds. up that hill or rolled them up it - never did look for flat ones as i was trying to build her a nice stone mushroom.
Thanks victor - yup just me a wheel barrel and shovel - it took from last fall till last week - that is why i did not want to bore everyone with posts on progress reports.
we went to a pond supply/building place on the way home from bedrock garden to look at the 7 or 8 ponds they had and i saw how big the water grasses can grow - lily pads too. will stick with the one lotus i plan on for now. my wife wants to float in there and does not like frogs so i am not allowed to have too many things for them to hand out on - plants do help for keeping the water clean so i may add something else in the future - besides i have some nice looking stone in their i want to be able to see
Wha, I think you must rent a frog costume and dive in. When she sees the frog she will know to kiss him and then you will turn into her prince charming. And from that day on, she will adore all the frogs in your pond. We never have seen one in ours. I love frogs. Sad. Still waiting for the plane. I hate airports! Patti
victor trust me there were several times i was just about to fill the hole back up - when i ran into that ledge and then the french drain it got ugly here - not understanding the plumbing terms and trying to decipher what they meant was comical now that i look back on it - diana was very patient with me.
I'm just blown away, Bill. And I, for one, would not have been bored by progress reports. You could take a swim in that pond! If it were mine, I'd be loading it up with plants. I just went out and bought a dwarf papyrus, as the one I had last year died, in spite of the fact that I moved it inside. Also bought some water lettuce. I have 2 waterlilies in there; one is a dwarf. I also have a dwarf acorus and a corkscrew rush. Oh, and I bought a sensitive plant today, too. My pond is only 4'x6' and 15" deep.
I'm always getting frogs in my pond. They come and go. I think what happens is a heron comes and eats the ones in there, and then more move in. I could be wrong.
Victor, does your pump quit on you because the leak causes the pond to go dry? Bummer.
granite i guess you know a pile of stone when you see it:) There are some nice ones.
victor we have a friend who lets me take all i want from her property...and let's me use her pick up truck to get them here - she has ton's of old stone walls buried under leaves and trees. will probably get more later this year to build a second retaining wall above the one i just finished, actually two, a small one on one side and a larger one higher upon the other - it is a real pain to mow there and this would end that problem. Just have to get my mind around doing it, i've learned you get what you think you need and multiply by 3. they will be 2' high and almost 3' wide so they really eat a lot of stone. it is a lot of work just getting them in and out of the truck and moving to where i need them so you need to be mentally prepared for some pain.
Started today on a project I've put off for 2 years...when I had the long garden done by my landscaper/neighbor he used soil that was full of clay, then put down landscape cloth...my plants are suffering, so I'm removing the cloth, & edging the garden with left-over bricks...worked for a few hours before the sun got to me...will continue later today...
I'm unhappy with the biodegradable cloth, too. It was work to install last summer, then in spring it caught fire--a dangerous underground smouldering kind, and now the weeds are as bad as ever in that region. I'm switching to pizza boxes, of which I expect plenty.
Fire? Weird and dangerous. Pizza boxes dangerous too, at least for the waistline. I have eaten my way through 6 wedding event so far here in New Orleans with 2 to go so I will be eating no pizza any time soon upon my return. in fact I should be eating nothing for weeks.
We use the weed barrier cloth under our pine needle walks in the woods. We still get a few weeds and things like sweet woodruff, lilies of the valley, and other invasive that we use as much loved ground covers in the beds along those pathways creeping out, but they are easily pulled, so I like the cloth for those paths. We also but it down each spring in the veggie bed walkways and cover it too with pine needles. I tried straw one year, but we have free pine needles. We rake the pine needles out in the fall and roll up the cloth for another season. That way the needles don't get incorporated into the veggie bed soil. That works well for us. But I never plant anything on top of it. I have found that the type we have bought most recently is greatly improved, but have no idea of the name. I know it wasn't the cheapest kind and it really holds up and seems to prevent most weeds better than what we bought 10 years ago. Patti
The cloth that the landscaper used was white, and although it did allow some weeds to appear, my complaint was I couldn't amend the soil...have to add compost to keep the clay in check...the river runs right below us, so I'm sure he just used riverbank soil to put in my garden...sounds like NO has been a fun place for you, Patti...good to relax after the garden tour!
Just took the tour down the Mississippi which is always interesting, plus there was a lovely breeze and an interesting awry of ships to see along the way. Now resting for the wedding tonight.
Our cloth is a dark grey, but as I use it on only the paths, I don't want the soil beneath it to be good. Though I am always amazed that many common weeds grow best in the worst soil. And I am always puzzled by the new ones we get, just when we are winning the battle with our old weed nemesis. Go figure.
Many of the trees and shrubs down here in New Orleans are in bloom so the gardens that I can see along the street in Uptown are stunning. Wish I could take a peak at the private ones behind the grand old homes. I may try to get to the botanical garden after the final brunch for the bride and groom tomorrow as that would be interesting, but i might be all danced out by then. Meanwhile I think we are cooler here than many people further north. So stay cool all. Patti
Pizza boxes just magically appear in my house. So do large numbers of 18 year-olds at unexpected times. It's just as easy to throw a rock on one near the back boundary of our property to start garden "lasagna" as it is to bundle them for the recycler. I'm sure they'd be flamable too in a grass fire, but it won't mean a couple hundred dollars up in smoke.
Wish I knew how to prevent the corners of the plastic week barrier from eventually showing themselves. Do have some under the gravel path. BHG site said to put bigger rocks on the edges, but no matter how many I put there, they seem to move. So this year, seems necessary to keep adding the pea gravel again and again. DH and DS are rebuilding an engine, so it's my aching muscles. The do it yourself instructions didn't say that. Stakes break off as the ground and stones settle (last year I bermed the area nearly three feet higher and planted). It was nice it was done when 50 people were treading in and out of the house for our graduation party last week and no mud.
NO sounds like just the place to be this weekend, and for a wedding, no less.
I just took out yet another square foot of cloth in my lily garden.It was the whole contracters area where they planted pine trees and mulched the 100 foot x 15 foot area.I spent the spring of'07 removing both plastic and cloth. Cloth is the worst. Roots get into it and it cant be pulled out easily.
On the otherhand I am starting another path by myself. Its 20 inches wide and 6 feet long. I wont attempt this again as my bloodpressure meds make me dizzy when I exert and stand up.
This was how it looked since '09
second pix is bucket of quartz countertop pieces
Pix 3 is the nearly done path
Love that path, Jo! Really adds a nice pattern to that area...Glad you're back to Nantucket, Patti...the lilies are starting to shine in the gardens here...Have had to put my edging project on hold for a few days ...have a sinus infection...
Robindog, sorry for your misery. DH gets them, so I can imagine how lousey you feel. He keeps putting off surgery, but I suspect he will have to at some point. Edging can wait. Have a good 4th all. Patti
It's an amazing amount of work, isn't it? Glad you can enjoy the beauty now that it's done, Jo. I'm thinking too that I'd rather get fit at a gym and solve some physical problems before I even consider a major garden project. I've just learned that a very low dose of gabapentin from the doctor reduces my achiness without causing sleep.
My"Little Voice" needs to get a megaphone for me to hear it as I keep putting it on ignore.
Here is an album of shots taken on June 21 on the morning of the garden tour and then some shots taken when we got back on July 4th. But I reallized that I missed taking shots of a couple of beds. Another time. Enjoy, Patti
Sweet of you all, guess where I am heading? Out to weed and deadhead before it gets too hot. DL's are a pain, but pretty. I need to cut back three more big spireas today as they have gone by and looking brown and ugly. We did three yesterday. I have some new Japanese Iris out since taking those shots and am pleased with them as I have always had trouble growing them well. I have another scarecrow to take a shot of which is my husbands favorite. I never stuffed them so they are kind of lame and we seem to have more crows this year than ever, so they aren't working. I found a giant hole in the Hosta bed yesterday from the dogs, but at the bottom was a big fat and very dead mole. DH filled it back in and replanted all the Hosta they had dug up. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Mole wasn't happy either. Have a good one all, especially Karen at her DL sale. Patti
Question for Patti... What is your darkest red lily called, if you know? I bought Martagon Claude Shride, but mine looks just like yours, so I doubt it's really a Martagon (except in my garden with all the weeds and seedpods it looks like the Adams family lives here).
It's like taking a vacation to see your slideshow! I especially like the look of the pink lilies next to the house.
Loved the tour, Patti. It's the next best thing to actually being there. Your place looks perfect. I would love to show off some long shots of my place, but I'm afraid many of the beds are awfully weedy looking. There is just not enough time. I did well at my sale. Made $80, in spite of hardly any customers showing up.
not the greatest pictures with the sun coming up - this is a "new" bed that i nearly doubled in size this spring - the boulder in the last picture is the one i dug out in the spring and previously posted. no edging in the beds in the way back i just use round-up to keep the weeds and grass from climbing into the beds there.
planted two small jm's grown from seed, maybe a dozen hosta, a couple other shade plants, a small quince, the pink annabelle hydrangea who's name escapes me right now, and var. celestrial shadow dogwood. there is still more space although i will expand it some more next year again and move a couple vib's in here.
I don't want to hear about the sun coming up later, either, nor about it going down earlier.
Marilyn, I made another $33 yesterday, and I may have someone stop by later on today. I have a customer coming on Thursday as well, so more money to be made. Of course I will be having a sale every Saturday this month, and the first Saturday of August. I have my Plants 4 Sale sign up out front.
Nice new bed, Bill. You are always busy. Never a dull moment in your life.
I'm expanding the half-shade garden by the woods this year. We moved the garden shed back by 10 ft to make the space. I've done a rough layout of where the path will go, we've moved some rocks in, and starting to put plants around. I want to stain the garden shed a color that blends into the woods instead of matching the house.
Oh, now I get you, Victor. I'm not usually up at sunrise either, except in winter to get ready for work. Then I'm up before sunrise. But I thought you were referring to the time frame that we were posting our comments, which wasn't early.
Jen, I'm in the process of revamping a very old bed that wasn't working anymore, one that my mother put in. It has been getting taken over by invasives, plus there were a lot of daylilies in there that I just didn't want. I got a small portion of it done this past spring. Now I'll have to wait till the daylilies and such are done to do anymore work on it, so I don't stress them out.
Looks great, GG! I love that tall vertical rock, too.
Little disappointed cause this bed isn't that old...could it be that just all the wacky weather this year is just making it look less appealling? Should I wait till next year to see if it works or just go ahead and redo it in the fall?
The vertical rock took three people and a tractor to move--it was right at the limit of the tractor's tipping point and my husband drove it verrry slowly. It was one of the rocks that was in the way of the house construction 25 years ago and was dumped in the woods, waiting for its repurposing. I love wandering around looking for interesting rocks, but most of the cool ones are too big or too far away.
Yes, the wacky weather could have a lot to do with the fact that your garden is looking less appealing, Jen. I have noticed on some of my daylilies that they aren't getting as tall as they should, or aren't looking all that appealing (foliage-wise, mostly), etc. We had a lot of rain towards the end of spring, but around the beginning of spring it was dry for a long period of time, and then, of course, there was all the hot weather, followed by cold and freezes, off and on for quite a while. Just crazy. Maybe next year would be a better time to think of revamping that bed.
Quote Hank: "Very Cool!". Quote Louise: "AMAZING, in fact!". I love the last one with the engineer and his creations! About that rock prohibition...I know someone who "rescued" a rock from the Acropolis before seeing the signs about prosecution. Her pocketbook was glowing with guilt.
Here is a project for contemplation if you happen to have a spare 600,000 begonias.
In the real world, I have been ordering fall bulbs and trying to figure out where I am moving a bunch of Japanese Maples that the deer decimated last spring. I am going to move them to the fenced part of the property in a couple of weeks. The deer always win, but I think I have some very suitable spots in the garden to redesign around those chomped on maples. Patti
Wha, I can copy and post the link, but nothing more. Sorry. Plus I only planted a few begonias in containers. However in the 5th grade I made a mosaic of a flying horse out of rice that I had dyed many different colors. It was shown in a Tulsa Museum show of young people's art, though it was more craft than art. So at one point I had enough patience to use a tweezer to lay down and glue thousands of grains of rice on a big piece masonite. It was kind of cool and lasted nearly 50 until I finally pitched it in a cleaning fit. It went to the "Take It Or Leave It" so it may have been rescued by someone.
Today I have two ovens slow roasting 4 big trays of cherry tomatoes that we picked this morning. Many more to pick tomorrow. I am roasting three types of tomatoes today, a sun gold one and a small round red and a oval red. Must check to see which they are. I am using a variety of oils and herbs to make each batch different. One is made with lemon olive oil oil and dried basil and garlic cloves, another is mixture of herb of Provence drizzled with a spicy olive oil, one has dried Marjoram and garlic cloves in Olive oil and the other is again lemon infused olive oil with a mixture of Italian dried herbs and garlic powder. All have course sea salt and ground mixture of three types of peppercorns. Of course I didn't make a note of which was which, but I think I can taste them and know which is the best. Hope so. But they will be all good. Patti
They all sound delicious! My sister told me today she wasn't eating her Sungolds because there were bugs on the plant...hello? Has she heard of washing them off? The bugs weren't even on the tomatoes, but on the plant...
I belong to a Community Supported Agriculture farm produce shares plan.
Its my last year.
This particular one is not well organized. They are over loaded with tomatoes and the leafy vedgs were dust duering the drought.Its the 10th week and so far I have been able to try vedgs I ordinarily woukdnt buy.Red Kohlrabi( size of a htennisball) Red Okra,done that been there.
Tons od tomatoes,3 kinds of prppers,hungarien hot wax,and 2 others.
Cuqumbers ,pickling and an Indian one with orange skin .It has a deeper flavor.When it came to the Savoy cabbage the size of a soft ballI wasnt surprised.When I got it home and started to peal the outer leaves it was inundated with worm excrament and sluggs. The amount of cabbage left wasnt enough for 1 serving.
Other problems not going to mention here ,have made me decise not to do this again.
We have a great super market that sells local produce in season. I will go there.
Yes, I would have found that very disappointing...my neighbor, the farmer, is in to that...I can't see what he's growing, though, because of the weeds! Laurie has taken me to several great farmer's markets in your area, Jo...
Its a matter of the area where to pick up the produce.Last year it was in the basement of a church behind the Pittsford Firehousethats nearby.This year it's five minutes drive from my house. These are organic farmers but many are miles from my house,too much hassle.
There are many local farms that supply Wegmans.It doesnt make sense to go out for a separate produce trip when I can make it a one stop shop at Wegmans.Its not a matter of price either.The local farm markets charge the same.
I suppose there is the appeal of shopping like Europeans and buying from stalls where the farmer stands and chats with his customers. I am not enchanted with this method.
Jo, you're lucky you have Wegmans...we get very little local produce in our stores here, but do have a few farmstands & farmer's markets...that would be where you could sell those yummy looking tomatoes, Patti...
Hey, everyone! Been busy with other threads in the daylily forums, but back here now.
Jo, your path is looking great. My beautiful rock pathway is hidden by weeds right now. Yesterday I had a friend and her son come over to help with weeding and mulching/fertilizing. They came twice last week, too. We got a lot done, but there's so much more to do. Will be doing a lot this weekend. It's supposed to be good weather.
I love the rock VW bug. Cool!
Louise, those tomatoes look and sound so yummy! Wish I could try some.
Personally I love going to the farmstands and chatting with the people who grow the veggies. Don't do it often, though.