I use the "down time" to work on containre combos.
Here are a few
#1 coleusBlack Cherry,Colocasia Aurora,Superbells Grape Punch
#2campanula White Clips,Coleus's Trailing Prince,Trailing Rose,Zinnia
#3Caladium Gingerland,Pale pink Impatiens,Coleus Florida Sun Rose
planted 5 bright red multi flowered tulips & DH planted the dozen Katharin Hodgkin reticulata irises. The latter are planted on a steep hill & I can't work downhill without falling. Hope those come up. they are marked by a good sized rock so we know where they are. Not as big as Bill's rocks, just big enought to see.
I'd love to be as organized as Jo with planning for spring. The coleus look beautiful. Iris' reticulatas are also something I'd like to be planting.
Here's a work in progress. Today i removed all the plants I had heeled in last year when I ran out of time to put them right in October 2011, so what's left here is a nearly blank canvas. Ideas? I do have three lovely yellow canna to replant there. Whatever it is gets a good amount of sun and shade at noon, but the roots can't compete with the umbrella pine.
I'm still new to overwintering canna and caladium, so I hope the box of sand in the basement works.
Here's an update on my air conditioner hiding project. Teddy Bear southern magnolia is growing now as a bush that should get pretty wide. My DS dug up all those granite rocks from the other corner of the fence in an afternoon's work last week. I think I'm thinking like Bill that they'd be great in a future water feature.
Yeah, gardening should be an extreme sport. I had trouble ten years ago putting a second toe out of joint. It was probably from stepping on the spade so much while wearing jungle mocs. Fortunately all is well there now, but I had to have a surgery that broke the toe in two places, and I couldn't work or walk for two months. Now I wear CAT boots with steel reinforcements in the garden.
Thanks, Marilyn. Great idea! I forgot that they don't only grow in shade. With any luck the tree will grow and make shade, though.
Now I am wishing for a visit to the Alcott House in Concord where I remember they have a huge variety of ground covers, probably tons of hellebores too. The house and museum are very shady, though. How nice it would be to have literary references in the garden if I am to copy anyone :)
I have a long list of places I haven't seen yet, but the Alcott House is a major destination for Girl Scouts, so I took the troop there about 10 yrs ago. The gardens aren't listed anywhere but i liked the natural look of them.
Thanks for the new thread, Jo. Those planters are gonna look great, although you might want to use something other than that pink impatiens, unless you haven't had problems with the downy mildew that has been killing them off in many places. You can't grow them again for 5 years in spots where there were impatiens with the downy mildew, as the spores can remain dormant for that length of time. Fungicides don't work on it, either, apparently.
VTRoots, thanks for thinking of us, and I'm glad you're enjoying this thread.
Bill, I like your new raised sitting area. Can't wait to see what kinds of plantings you end up putting in. You pretty much go all out.
Looking forward to seeing your tulip and reticulated iris combo this spring, Lucy.
Rosemary, your place is looking good. I love the umbrella pine. I've been wanting to get one myself, but don't know where I'd put it yet.
Has anyone been to Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, RI? Gorgeous place! Lots of nice gardens there.
reticulatas & tulips are in different beds. The little irises bloom before the 2 different types of grape hyacinths which are in the same bed. those are on a small hill which was cut into when the driveway was put in. Actually the 'way' is a grass path. Regular gravel driveway is closer to the road.
I have been to Blithewood for a quick visit. Opportunity came when DD went to a language camp at Roger Williams College two summers ago. We live in the midst of amaging historic gardens. I saw old photographs in a book from the turn of the last century showing topiary gardens around the large pond in Wellseley, but I haven't heard if any part of it was preserved. Grey gardens is a fun destination because visitors can just enjoy.
I thought the pinks were very pretty Jo, the combos were wonderful! I am a big fan of the 'Black Cherry' and the rose zinnia. :)
This is the front of my new house, the trees on the left (2 white birch & 1 apple is where I planted my "river of blue" with tulips & daffs on eitherside. The next picture is what I tried to do on a much smaller scale. Someday i'd like to do it on a bigger scale under the row of apple trees.
We wore out too but I did get some invading vines and dead branches chopped off yesterday and we got 7 more bags out. We've got colds. You'd scarcely know that we raked. Downed branches are still on the ground, plenty of future firewood gratis from our neighbors who don't maintain trees.
Pixie, how did I not know you had a new house? Great looking spot with ever so much virgin land. The house looks so inviting and tranquil. Remember that great River of Muscari up in NE Harbor that contained 15,000 planted at one time. It must be an ocean by now. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/730772/?hl=watersedge
hi patti - glad to see you back, had been wondering how you where with the last two storms.
rescued 4 more frogs yesterday afternoon and finished the raking - on the downside i might have burned out my small spare lawnmower with a bag that i used to chop up leaves to spread in the veggie garden - still starts, the self-propelled drive is not working and it smokes a bit - will have to inspect it closer next weekend.
Thanks everyone, I hope it comes out half way decent since I did it with plans brother Brian and I had drawn up in July. :( I planted it in his honor although I only used 500 muscari bulbs and made a small stream instead of a river! LOL
It is flanked by 211 tulips, 65 mixed daffodills and 50 dutch iris's.
Thank you Patti, I do remember Watersedge from Northeast Harbor. I didn't do an 1/8 of what he planted but I hope to do something like that on a large scale someday. As far as the virgin land, I may have to have wha=Bill come help me. ^_^
Wha, Thanks , the storms were minor though some damage from Sandy to some docks and a couple of beach front houses and some shore erosion. We had more sustained wind in the Nor'easter, but no damage to us. We just lots of small stuff strewn about and lots of leaves. The wind dumped some boats on shore, so DH is out today with another salvage boat surveying the situation before trying to pull them off. I hope they can get them off before they get more damaged and that they have good insurance who are willing to pay the piper. I missed the yard clean up as I went to Boston on Thurs as soon as we had the ferry running again after a couple of days of no off island planes or boats. I didn't come back until last night to find DH had done all the clean up. Nice. I was like a blister, I showed up when the work was all done. I wish we had a small mower just for shredding leaves as you do. Hope you can fix it. Smoke sounds like a bad sign. You have way more leaves than us. I was thinking of getting a leaf shredder, but then you just have to store it for most of the year. We have an attachment on the blower, but it is rather limited in what it can do.
I hope Cindy doesn't see any of those frogs as I know she hates them. I adore them. DH has trapped and moved to some very nice conservation land very far away 3 squirrels so far this fall. We don't need them eating my bulbs nor teasing the dogs which they seem to do with great glee. I think they also eat out of dog food bowls when it is out on the porch as do the birds. Our dogs only nibble a bit of their kibble a little bit at a time during the day and never wolf it down when we feed them which is kind of weird for dogs. So there is usually some food in their bowls during the day for the birds who seem to love it and who I am happy to feed, but not the squirrels.
Out to finish up the fall clean up and then it is going to be bulb planting time this week. Patti
good to hear the update patti - i also use the mower for the back of the yard that is a combo of crab grass and other assorted weeds so they are not spread into the lawn from debree on the under carriage of the mower - hoping it is only the drive stuck and some new oil will solve the problem - if not I will get it repaired or pick up a cheap one next year.
only moving the frogs because i can't see them living through the winter with no mud to dig into.
I wish I had been abole to finish cutting siberian foliage yesterday. the rest will have to be done when it is cold as it is raining off & on. DH says that it isn't too bad, but i don;t see him raking leaves today.
Glad that you had only minor damage, Patti. Happy you are moving frogs, Bill, but it sounds very funny! Pixie, even a small stream of the bulbs will look nice, & will remind you of Brian...a nice memorial.
flowAjen, I think you got it way worse then us. Hope you didn't loose anything special. Breaks my heart to see the shore looking like New Orleans which still has whole areas looking the way it did right after Katrina except for the tall weeds. Hope that doesn't happen up north.
No curb here so we will burn all the storm damage stuff along with everything we have cut down since last March early in the new year when burning is allowed again. It is a rather sizable pile already, at least one full day of burning so far. I have my eyes on lots more clearing around the property to be done this winter, so I think we we have at least 3 days of winter bonfires which I do love.
Lobster for rock throwing and massage sounds like a great swap. Patti
Jen, you are ahead of me. I was bad and just placed the 40% off Van Engelen bulb order, so they will all be there next week. I hope I have time to plant them as I am currently in Boston at the pottery studio getting ready for the holiday show and sale and I then I go to Vt for tomorrow for T-day before going back to Island on the 26th after a pit stop back in Boston to load another kiln. Hope we have a sunny few days and I have some energy left. Running on fumes. Patti
You guys have all been busy, and I've gotten relatively few things done. Tomorrow, while waiting for the turkey to cook, I will be planting the last of my daylilies that need planting. It should be a nice day.
i took down a couple oaks from the property that abuts us - both were very tall trees maybe 60' and had been bent from the storm last Oct. - one was hanging into the yard at least 40' and it was over a satomi dogwood, forest pansy redbud, an expensive sensu jm, a Frazier fir and assorted bushes.
I had been staring at this for a year trying to figure out how to get it down without damaging anything. After tying it off i thought i had figured it out - not so - i could only get a rope up 25' or so and thought i could just keep pulling the rope to pull the tree from the yard. Well after beginning to cut i realized this tree as just to heavy to pull back at me. Both were the type that shoot up to reach the light and were not to wide.
Too far to turn back and a good hour of tying to figure out what to do - i got the ladder out and from another tree got a second rope around it so that i could pull it from the side and away from my property. With rope strung around a couple trees for added support and tied off I finally was able to bring it safely down on the other side of the wall. I was really suprised I was able bring it down off the property. Not before some very anxious moments, serious consideration to dig up and move the endangered trees, and a bunch of 4-letter word internal insults to myself.
yep jen - wife would not have been happy - i made sure there were escape routes and went at it slow when it was close to tipping
a couple weeks back i took a couple really big ones down at our friends where I get my rock now. was a bit nervous about one of them as it was leaning slightly towards her house -tie that one off in the opposite direction and it went down no problem although i did have to finally pull it towards me to get it to drop - plenty of time to get out of the way and i do not think it was tall enough to get to the tree i had it tied off to anyway - still ran out of arms way - wife watching me and her friend watching the tree drop and thinking it was cool.
Wha, congrats, but perhaps, You are a Fool! Sounds very dangerous especially by yourself. Escape route is essential, but having help would have been better. But clever of you to getter done! Beautiful day up here in Vt. Made a big pot of Portuguese kale soup for tonight DH has been out with the dogs climbing around the back hill, but I have been enjoying working on my garden journals. Our dogs found a turkey wing on their walk, but it turns out it was one being raised by our our neighbors that got snatched up by a couple of standard poodles a few days ago that had escaped from their owner and had an early feast. Gobble Gobble. Neighbor not happy. Patti
Uh, oh...I wouldn't have been happy either...sounds like something my airedales Skip & Jazz would have done...Jazz was always looking up into the trees for turkeys...and one day they drove a deer right at my DH who was walking them in a wooded preserve...they didn't get it, Thank God!
Way to go, Bill! Sounds like you thought everything through about the trees. I am wishing we had energy to pull more of the damaged trees down at our neighbors' as you have. We've been lucky that fallen branches haven't broken many of my plantings and that our fence is still intact.
thx rosemary - although "thought" it through was not what happened. as they say "necessity is the mother of invention" and with the possibility of this tree landing on all those plantings it was definitely a necessity :)
Glad it worked out ok Bill.
A nurse I work with, her husband in construction fell off a roof Wed morning, broke his left hip, elbow and wrist, his right pelvis, and his back from coccyx to lumbar region. He was having surgery Wed afternoon, I'm hoping he recovers ok.
He must have been as disjointed after his fall as the turkey carcass I just put in a pot to make a nice soup. Poor guy, but he is indeed very lucky to have survived such a nasty fall. Rehab will be in order for sure with both hip and pelvis injuries. I hate it when my DH gets up on the roof to do anything as it is such a common place to have an accident. I hope he has some good insurance and workman's compensation. Best to him.
I have been out raking up here in Vt as it is so beautiful out. That is a far safer activity then being on a roof. Stayed up for the Patriot's game last night and made it to the Madden Turkey awards afterwards. It was fitting that Vince Wilfork was one of the winners. Now that man can eat some Turkey! Patti
Deb, what sad news about the nurse's husband. It's good he has no paralysis. Yes, lucky to be alive. Will have a long road ahead of him. I know a woman in the New England Daylily Society (NEDS) (also in the AHS, and has a garden that is an official AHS display garden) who fell off her roof while trimming branches. She lost part of her leg. Hasn't kept her down, though. She works at a local nursery that I frequent, and I saw her there this summer, shortly before she got her prosthesis. She was on crutches and working. What a go-getter. As for myself, I stay off of the roof.
Celeste is right, Bill. Have someone with you when you're doing something that dangerous. I would hate to hear that you were the victim of a terrible accident.
And last one - this is a piece of limestone that the local guy at the stone yard where I bought our mail post gave me. The limestone came from the big dig, they had a huge pile of it and said I could have my choice and picked this one out from 30 yds away as we drove up on a golf cart. It took me about 2 seconds after he said I could have one if I bought the mail post. I will never forget the look on his face and his first comment to me, "nice choice it looks like a fish jumping for an insect, how could you tell it was a keeper". We spent the next hour riding around the stone yard - it was a good morning.
Anyway, I added the rock in its "mouth" to have it stand out a bit more. May end up moving this closer to the water and having it stand alone.
Wha, Great Carins, but it is even now more obvious that you have rocks in your head! I am up in Boston getting ready for a pottery show, so no gardening this week. Maybe next as we still have to plant the bulbs. I just got two more boxes from the Van Engelen sale and now I see B&B is having a nice 50% off sale too. Too late. I am resisting. Patti
At the Warren, CT festival this fall, we met a guy who had a display of stone cairns. I've been admiring wha's sculptures for some time, and DH (yes, he's now DH) was also quite taken with the idea. So he's now been to the house, we have consulted, and he will be building one for us in the spring. Meanwhile, even though the house is closed, we have given him a couple of small projects to do this winter as his time permits. He will be emailing us pictures as the work progresses... At that point I'll start a new thread. At least I hope the work will progress...
Pic 1: The slab under the impatiens was undermined and fell down because of Sandy.
2&3: There's plenty of soil under that slab, but it's a north facing wall so there's no light. I'd like a planter there to raise the level, but it's tricky because its also a rather narrow passageway. I think there's room for a curve...
Pic 4: I have a cement birdbath to put where the pot is, but the stand is too high. I think rocks will look better. There is an immovable rock underneath the pot that is there now, so it's the perfect spot.
it is nice to have the juices flowing on changes to the yard this time of the year - a curve would be nice to break up the straight wall and something with rock over that stone would good, something to attract the eye from below.
Oh my no, my garden isn't green now! This is how it looked last weekend as we were leaving. I won't see it again until spring :(
You can see from these why I don't like the base for the birdbath, it sticks out like a sore thumb. The birdbath itself is cement, much darker than it looks here. I think it will look great lower, sitting on a pile of stones. It spent many years outside
year round in Southampton at my late mother's house, where it sat on a low tree stump.
We finally started planting the bulbs today. Got in 913 today. I think we can finish up if we get in two full days as today's work didn't start early as I had more to organize before starting. That is all now done, so it should go quicker if the weather cooperates. Patti
I got in bed as soon as it got dark. I am a hurting gal, but the show must go on tomorrow if it isn't raining. My DH had a hockey game tonight which would have been impossible for me to even go and watch. Don't know how he had the energy. Patti
You know I will post them. I will probably post enough shots to have you groaning. But this is the second least amount of bulbs by a few hundred that we have planted in the past 6 years, so our show my be a tad washed out next spring. Ha, no it will still be a riot of spring color that I so crave if Mother Nature cooperates. Can't wait. It is clearing off so I am out to dig some holes.
Here is a link to some of my pottery show stuff. The show opened on Nov 30 and runs for 2 more weeks up in the Boston area. I am just a hobby potter but love playing in the clay as much as I love digging in the dirt. Kind of the same thing. Patti
DH and I had another big day of bulb planting. It went well until I think I burned up the drill when I got the auger stuck in some roots and I couldn't turn it off. Of course it happened as I was rushing to finish before dark one last bed. We planted 1566 bulbs today which means we have 1750 to plant tomorrow. I am hurting for certain, but we will get it done. I think tomorrow will be easier, but I always think that. Patti
Thanks for the cheering on and happy to report that it is all DONEa...all 4121 bulbs are now tucked into their new homes. I found a 3 double entries (100 + 6 + 3) in my spreadsheet so the final number was 109 less than I had originally thought. But despite having planted 109 less than I thought, I can still barely move now. It will be worth the aches and pains come March. Bring on Spring. Patti
here is the list
Allium giant Globemaster
Allium giant Mont Blanc
Allium jesdianum White Empress
Crocus biflorus Spring Beauty
Crocus flavus Yellow Mamoth
Crocus Negro Boy
Crocus Var. Advance
Crocus vernus Twilight
Eremurus ruiter hybrid Cleopatra
Eremurus ruiter White Beauty Favourite
Fritillaria imperialis Rubra Maxima
Hyacinthoides Hispanica White City
Hyacinthus Festival Pink
Hyacinthus Festival White
Hyacinthus orientalis Gipsy Queen
Hyacinthus orientalis Miss Saigon
Hyacinthus orientalis Peter Stuyvesant
Iris Dutch Bronze Beauty
Iris Dutch Cream Beauty
Iris Dutch Silvery Beauty
Iris reticulata Cantab
Iris reticulata Gordon
Iris reticulata Harmony
Iris reticulata Var. Edward
Iris reticulata Var. Halkis
Iris reticulata Var. J.S. Dijt
Iris reticulata Var. Spring Time
Iris Xiphium (Spanish Iris)
Lily Pink No Name Oriental
Lily Annemarie's Dream
Lily Big Bang
Lily Black Tie
Lily Brasilia Oriental
Lily Chocolate Canary
Lily Copper Angels
Lily Flying Circus
Lily Golden Stone
Lily Ivory Belles
Lily Lady Like
Lily Lazy Lady
Lily Northern Carillon
Lily Orange Cocotte
Lily Purple Lady
Lily Push Off
Lily Tropical Breeze
Lily While Heaven
Lily Yellow Whoppers
Muscari botryoides Superstar
Muscari comosum plumosum
Muscari siberica Spring Beauty
Narcissus Admiration 1912
Narcissus Albatross 1891
Narcissus Art Design
Narcissus Atholl Palace
Narcissus Bella Vista
Narcissus Bracken Hill
Narcissus Camellia 1930
Narcissus Candy Princess
Narcissus Capree Elizabeth
Narcissus Carib Gipsey
Narcissus Cross Roads
Narcissus Drama Queen
Narcissus Early Pearl
Narcissus Emperor 1869
Narcissus Exotic Mystery
Narcissus Flambards Village
Narcissus Flower Surprise
Narcissus Gin and Lime
Narcissus Golden Strand
Narcissus Great Gatsby
Narcissus Horn of Plenty
Narcissus Irish Linen
Narcissus la Traviata
Narcissus Mellon Park
Narcissus Mrs. E.H. Krelage 1912
Narcissus Orange Mane
Narcissus Pacific Rim
Narcissus Rainbow of Colors
Narcissus Ring Fence
Narcissus Rip van Winkle
Narcissus Sir Watkin
Narcissus Smiling Maestro
Narcissus Sweet Desire
Narcissus That's Life
Narcissus Tyson's Corner
Narcissus Virginia Waters
Narcissus Wild Carnival
Trillium Erectum 3
Triteleia Var. 4u
Tulip Aladdin's Record
Tulip Angels Wish
Tulip Banja Luka
Tulip Beauty Of Spring
Tulip Big Smile
Tulip China Town
Tulip Cool Crystal
Tulip El Nino
Tulip Fantasy 1910
Tulip Flaming Purissima
Tulip Flaming Spring Green
Tulip fosteriana Emperor Mixture
Tulip humilis Alba Coerulea Oculata
Tulip humilis Eastern Star
Tulip Jaap Groot
Tulip Lady Guna
Tulip Little Beauty
Tulip Little Princess
Tulip Mother's Love
Tulip Orange Toronto
Tulip Professor de Monsseri
Tulip Sahara Rally
Tulip Schoonoord 1909
Tulip Spring Song
Ge1836, I hope the new lilies we added are happy, as I always like getting new ones and prefer planting them in the fall (winter). After having seen some of your shots of ones that we didn't have, I tracked a few of them down. Thanks. As for planting so many bulbs, you are right about the organization being key for getting so many of them ready to plant. Ugh, after I had finished, I had to breakdown all the boxes and separate the paper from the plastic for recycle and that was a pain, and far less fun than planting. DH will take all that to the dump today so then we are really done with it for the year. Winter pruning will start soon. Yeah.
Today I am repotting hippeastrums currently stored in the crawlspace which I meant to do in Oct. It is kind of late, but, it hopefully just means they will bloom later in the winter. I hope they have had a nice rest.
I am going back to Boston in the late afternoon to fire another kiln tomorrow night. First I need to get a bunch of recently bisque work glazed tonight and in the morning before I can load the kiln. Too much on my plate, but I like keeping busy. Have a good week end all. Patti
I re-potted all of our amaryllis today. 83 pots in total, but some are little guys. This spring I took them all out of their pots and planted them along the back edge of a long bed that gets partial sun. I ignored them all summer while they leafed out and then in late September I dug them up and cut off their foliage and then put each one in lunch sack and then stored them in the crawl space. We lost a few over the summer, but most seemed OK. DH hauled them out today and I trimmed back their roots and potted them up in new soil. Now fingers crossed that they produce some stalks. Some didn't look so great, but I wanted to try a new way of dealing with them over the summer besides keeping them in their pots which takes up way too much room for just leaves and requires lots of watering. We shall see. Could have been a really dumb gardening idea. That wouldn't be my first, or last. Patti
Robindog, good idea, I may need to buy a couple of cyclamen for us for the xmas table too as I love them. I love giving plants, so making pots for them is fun for me to do. Hope they like them.
This year I bought for my gifts one called Hippeastrum Princess from A.D.R. Box of 10, size 28/30, DRY SALE $32.50 and most of the bulbs had double noses already showing, so I was very pleased. I normally buy white ones as they go with everything, but I thought this was such a yummy looking color. This one is one of the new Israel grown ones from a Kibbutz Saad-Assaf in southern Israel. http://www.saad-assaf.co.il/index.php
Back in the sixties I spent a few month on an Israel Kibbutz and while there one of my jobs was working in their hot house that grew roses for export to Europe. I was taught to be a rose picker and grader & packer which was an easy and pleasant job, except during a heat wave it could be wicked hot in the green house where you could only work for short periods of time without going outside for a break. I lost 8 lbs one day from sweating. However working in the sorting room was cool with a big walk in to put each batch of roses into as you finished grading them, so the best grades would be fresh when flown to Switzerland in the afternoon. We went to work at 4 in the morning so the sorting would be done by flight time. The Kibbutz only grew 3 colors, a long stemmed red and a yellow and a shorter red sweetheart. They had no scent so it was not overly exciting, but it was a feast for the eyes when you first walked into these huge greenhouses with a mass of color. It was near blinding. So I have a soft spot for Israel grown plants. Last year I gave my friends one from the same Kibbutz called Hippeastrum Athena which was a stunning double white with a green throat. Hope this one is a winner too.
Out to cage our Japanese Maples and anything else that I think the deer will devour this year. I did move a mess of them into the fenced part of the property this fall which I won't have to cage. I am hoping that once the kids planted still on the outside get bigger that the deer will ignore them and I can stop caging them, but that will take a few more years yet. Last spring I took the cages of on May 1 and the deer ate them that night. They killed a couple, and ruined a few very badly. I was not so very happy. So this year I will leave the cages on them well into May. I need to also protect them from of the evil bunnies who tend to like to nibble on their bark too. gggggggggggggggggggg. Beautiful day here. Patti
The white one is from last year at our house in March, while the other is the shot posted by the grower. Hope it is nice as I bought a box of them, but they were cheap as I got them through a whole seller. Patti
Between yesterday and today and with a great deal of help from the DH, the vulnerable Japanese maples and a few other things are now caged. Boy does it look ugly.
I cut back all the lily stalks today too now that we have planted all the bulbs. I cut them back to about a foot high in the fall so we could see where the lilies were so we don't nail them when drilling out the holes for the spring bulbs. But it means that we have to go back and cut them all down to the ground. Now that is done. I also did some whacking on some of the Hypericums and Spireas also, but many more to do. I need some nice days to rack next week as soon as I get back from a graduation of an "almost son". He just finished the masters program in Architecture at Cornell. It is about 5 hour drive from the Vt house so we are going to Vt tomorrow and then to Ithaca on Friday and back here on Monday. Feel like a yoyo. Patti
I love the area around the Finger Lakes. My dad spent his youth in that part of NY. I am going to have to go see those windows! Thanks.
Cornell's program is very good. He had lots of choices and most came with serious money, but he felt their program was most connected to what he wanted to do. He re-visited U. of Mich and U. of Texas and a couple others, but ruled them out as he figured he really wanted to work in NYC during the summers while in school and he would most likely have the best connections with NYC firms from Cornell. He didn't like the Princeton programs direction for him and so he didn't apply there. He got wait listed at Yale, but he decided he wanted to pull the trigger on a school that wanted him first, plus by the second visit he was pretty high on Cornell. We were pretty proud as we have been his editors for all his school applications and an ear for all his hair brained architectural thoughts. I am giving him a thin book called The Banned List:: A manifesto against jargon and cliche by John Rentoul for using with his future proposals and applications.
He got a standing ovation when he presented his thesis recently. His design was for the rebuilding and re-purposing the Red Hook Container Terminal. Cornell has asked to keep his work for their collection and it will be on display when we get there, so we can see it. Pretty cool. He has had summer work with Richard Meier and then with Eisenman Architects which were both amazing and plum jobs. He has some irons in the fire for his real Job. Though he actually has gotten paid for his summer work which has been a bonus. He is a great kid, who never showed any inclination to become an architect until about his junior year in HS. I guess he was wandering around NYC as a child and soaking it all in while we thought he was just oblivious to anything but sports. Off to catch a ferry. Dogs are staying home with a friend and they are giving me the evil eye, so I am going to sneak out. Patti
I remember the vet program at Cornell.I used to go to th barns and watch some surgeries thru the windows,this was in the late 40's.Now its the school you go to before Cornell med School.
DD tried to get in in the 60's.No room so she went to a local school and then Uof Min at Duluthfor MS,studies Organic Biology and is a Assistant Global Regulatory administrator manager for a large pharm company. Big bucks and lots a prestige.I am such a proud momma.
You should be! Vet school is difficult to get into ...my niece was in prevet at Uconn, ended up going to Quinnipiac for asst. to pathologist...paid off, she married a pathologist...although he was a regular doc also...
Caladiums 4 less discount works now! I got 10 Miss Muffet for pots--really liked pirl's winning photo of it, Green and white "colaboration" and Scarlett O'hara too. If last years' overwinter well in my basement I'll have a lot and DS can stop photoshopping tropicals into our driveway photos.
I am still making dwarf and regular cold-hardy camellia selections for more sheltered shady spots including under the deck stairs. This year's crop amazes me for how much they tolerate shade and do not act as fussy in general as rhodis. Wonder how they'd look next to edgeworthia.
No, Iris, I can't remember the complete names of the hardy series...I saw them in Roslyn Nursery's catalog when they were still in business...I miss that place...I ordered many rhodos & azaleas from them...they were close to my stepdaughter's home...Perhaps Rosemary knows where to get the hardy ones...they should have been hardy for you, Victor, maybe you can try again.
Oh that's me. Yes. Clearly the best source for cmellias because it is the most complete is the Camellia Forest. I am only growing the very hardiest varieties, and taking some precautions until they are hardened off or at least three years old shrubs. I also recommend reading William Ackerman's book Beyond the Camellia Belt.
Iris, I still consider myself to be in zone 6a since I'm not right by the ocean, so that's the inly rating of camellia I am growing too. Best to grow early flowering or later spring flowering varieties so the frost doesn't get the buds. Many spring ones are part of the April series. My April Remembered has been looking like it would burst in blossom for the past month, but it's doing fine.
I saw some listed in Rarefind but I didn't buy them there.
Link to Camellia Forest Nursery
Because my camellias are only 2 yo shrubs (less expensive) I am protecting them well. It's probably a good idea anyway. The white sheeting is polypropylene which is porous to let light and water in but it prevents bursting of the branches from first morning sunlight and it helps to trap the house's warmth. I used the typical green shrub cover on Winter's Joy camellia by the fence and it's doing pretty well too. The third method I'm trying is to overwinter Kuro Delght and Korean Fire inside the plastic green house. They are the least happy but surviving.
While i'm showing off, this is the white peony bed asleep for winter under salt hay and manure. The soil still needs more improving (hence the box of kitchen compost), it's very rocky and the plants are young, so wish me luck in this project. I have to plant more to hide the fence too. The dwarf lilacs will be nice if they grow, but they need a cover behind them where it's pretty shady, and in this case, quite exposed to the wind. Any ideas how to plant by the fence?
Thanks, Iris. I do have some little Golden Shadows pagoda dogwoods in pots that I might try. And carnelian cherry dogwood is planted on the hill below but not small enough for here, I fear. Hmm. Hard to see but the space near the fence is not very large. Used to have lilacs back there but the towering maples on the neighbors' yard have killed them. I am also thinking about shade tolerant evergreens, but they'd have to be compact and hardy. One try with mountain laurel failed.
What about climbing Hydrangea on the fence? It's quite tough, and once grown in would certainly block the wind. You could plant it in a bare spot and train it along the fence behind the lilacs, which would take up no ground space and keep the vine from encroaching on the shrubs. Just a thought...
I have been working on another stone birdbath - this is the hardest (and heaviest) stone yet. Wanted it to be 5-6" deep, not sure i can afford it - started with a wet saw to make cuts and the outline of the hole and chipped out the stone and it was maybe 1 1/2" deep - then drilled holes into it with the hammer drill down just short of 4" - decided to use the chisel bit for the hammer drill to clean out and smooth the hole and have gone through 2 of them - when the stone finally chips it is sharp like glass and flys in all directions - i'm wearing eye protection although really need a goalie mask, that stuff can sting like a bee when it hits you. Not sure if i will ever get this smooth like the others here, stone is so hard it is difficult to work with. Those chisels cost $25 per and i have 10 hours in on it already. when you the stone birdbaths at garden centers for $100 now you know why.
Wha, Sounds wonderful, but difficult. Birds better love it. Pretty soon we are going to be calling you Mr. Michelangelo. I could see you in a Cheevers goaltender mask or a Hannibal Lecter mask with a some eye goggles.
I am poking around the web looking at shrubs and trees, but I can't really think about much as I am running out of room and not to mention a lack of funds. Fun to dream. Patti
No bathing tonight for the birds, but Bill's project sounds like a nice way to wile away the winter.
I do use a product like Wilt-Proof, Bill. I must use a gallon every winter.
Pam, I have never grown climbing hydrangea, but a climbing vine that can stand bad weather, not much water, poor soil and a lot of shade would make me a devotee.
I'm learning about new shrubs, too, Patti. Winter is when I read about them, dream and make diagrams, and realize how little I know and how many years are needed to see the results.
My front yard is starting to show the effect of digging and planning from about fifteen years ago. I copied one area from the WGBH Victory Garden which was a half mile from our house. Now it has become a housing development without a shred of gardening in it.
shame about the V G area. glad that you are doing well. Our front yard has a big beech tree which we love. We have our tube feeder & suet feeder hanging from that tree. Oak is the other large tree although a couple smaller birches are still there. We didn't plant them.
Yes, I miss the opportunity to take a walk to it and around in the Victory Garden. They had every single plant well marked, and they changed them frequently. There was also a nursery called Lexington Gardens that sold nice stuff you couldn't find everywhere.
Iris' beech and oak trees must be lovely. We had made an offer on a house as much for their giant beech in the front as for any other reason, but the seller wasn't ready to let go of it. Instead we got much more land, albeit totally undeveloped. Our property belonged to a widower who lived alone. His son wanted a quick sale so my then prospective husband happened to see it and instantly stood in line to write a check. Within an hour of the open house, just as I arrived, we finallized. We immediately set to work to redesign and remake a little cement cinderblock bunker into a house and a year later, married and getting ready to raise triplets. The house is still a work in progress. I think the kids are mainly on autopilot.
thanks guys - not sure what this stone is, the first three i made cleaned up quickly and where much softer stone, last year I made one that was a hard/heavy grey/blue that took a lot of time, still you could see progress being made as you worked - this one is just a bear - it has a tan exterior if taken from the ground or is greenish that moss will grow on if above ground and very hard to get smooth, right now the goal is to get bottom roughly smoothed out so you can't see the drill holes and on the sides get rid of the saw blade cut marks and at least have a smooth top edge.
will have to dig it out of the snow under under the deck if i want to work on - it is NOT an indoor project.
Bill, that cairn will look great amongst the ferns. Sounds like the birdbath is a pretty big project, Bill. Good luck.
How long ago did they make that housing development where VG used to be? I was there just a few years ago. Maybe it's been 4 years, not sure. Really loved it, and the nursery there, too.
No projects going on here. Don't have any money to do any shopping. Maybe I'll try and list some daylilies in the DG classified adds and see how that goes. Would like to make some gardening spending money.
I don't remember exactly when Lexington Gardens closed. Maybe it was four years ago. The plans for the housing development dragged on a long time while the locals tried to get a portion set aside to keep the Victory Garden. By 2 years ago or so, the bulldozers came and now there are houses there.
Sow seeds for hardy spring-blooming plants
Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
Sow frost-tolerant perennials indoors
Sow seeds of warm-season annuals
Sow seeds for hardy spring-blooming plants
Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
Sow seeds for cool-weather vegetables
Sow frost-tolerant perennials indoors
Sow seeds of warm-season annuals
Set out summer-flowering bulbs
Plant fall-blooming bulbs
Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, and bare-root fruit trees
Apply dormant spray to fruit trees before buds swell
Spray apples, peaches, and pears that have been affected with canker problems
Plant bare-root perennial vegetables
Plant seedlings of cool-weather vegetables
Sow fast-growing warm-season vegetables
Sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials
Sow seeds for tender perennials
Plant container and bare-root roses
Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, and bare-root trees, shrubs, and vines
Plant summer-blooming shrubs and vines
Plant frost-tolerant trees
Plant conifers and broad-leaf evergreens
I agree 100%! I grow greens in my front gardens to replace Spring and Summer annuals and such. These pics are this last summer and now. The first two are Summer and the last two now. After two small freezes so far this year most is dormant or stunned, and thats why I love to fill the gaps here with edible greens in winter. It also is the time to weed and mulch along the way here! Your #12 edition is fun and I love the new creative and well done garden pathway.