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momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 23, 2005
1:58 AM

Post #1421130

You stand outside at 8:30 in the evening, it's dark,cold and really windy and you're filling up walls of water to protect the Tomato's. I was watching my Grandson 'Jalen' tonight and his folks just picked him up at 8:15, but Iowa has frost warnings out so I still had to take care of a few things outdoors this evening after he left. He would have loved helping Grandma fill those Walls of Water, but it was too cold and windy to have a 3 year old outside this evening. I'm soaked! But it was worth it! LOL!

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mysticwill
Brookhaven, PA
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2005
2:20 AM

Post #1421176

you know you're a gardener when ...

You almost cause an accident gasping at someone's tulips in their front yard (while YOU'RE driving! My best freind did this one)


momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 23, 2005
2:37 AM

Post #1421214

ha ha !!! You really gave me a chuckle! My mother has been pulled over for 'gawking' at someones yard, the local police thought she was drunk, after they pulled her over they realized she was a 'gawker' and let her go with a warning. She no longer drives so were all safe now - LOL!
desertsweat
Midland, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 23, 2005
1:08 PM

Post #1421708

You know you're a gardener when...
Your mother takes you by a house that she gawks at everyday when driving your brother to school, stops and knocks on the guy's door to ask what a certain plant in his yard is. Poor guy had two crazy ladies stalking him : )
HotPepperDan
Flanders, NJ
(Zone 6a)

April 23, 2005
1:36 PM

Post #1421754

When you plant out your maters, peppers, eggplants, and herbs around Mother's Day, and it's on the cusp of the last frost. You can't sleep all night, because your mind is on those little baby veggies, so you have the weather channel on one television, in eyes distance, and your glued to your PC with your local forecast, the sun is barely up, and your out in your garden in your checkered boxers, sweatshirt, ski-cap, cup of Joe in one hand, flashlight in the other, your heart is beating soooo fast, hoping they survived their first night in their new environment. Repeating this process for about a week or so. Your new neighbors are off to work, they catch a glimpse, wondering, "Who's this freak that just moved to our neighborhood." That freak, would be me, and it will take place once again in about 3 weeks.
mysticwill
Brookhaven, PA
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2005
1:40 PM

Post #1421761

YOu know you're a gardener when...

Your neighbor ISN'T and has her boyfriend MOW DOWN THE TULIPS! Every year! And you want to cry (or beat her with a trowel! LOL!)

They aren't living there this year (living at BF house) and when he came to mow my heart stopped! Thank Goddness he left them this time- first time they have been able to bloom in YEARS. (if he had mowed them- I would have been out there that night digging those babies up)

Heather
golgi
Willoughby, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 23, 2005
4:46 PM

Post #1422000

Hotpepper Dan,I'll come over in my ratty bathrobe and clogs and help you check!
HotPepperDan
Flanders, NJ
(Zone 6a)

April 23, 2005
5:21 PM

Post #1422060

Golgi, I love it. Your always welcomed at my house, and I'll cook breakfast.
langbr
Olathe, KS
(Zone 6a)

April 25, 2005
5:16 AM

Post #1425530

You know you're a gardener when...it's 2:34am and you tell yourself, "I've GOT to get to bed!" but instead continue to whittle down that list of iris so you can fax your order in before you go to bed.

That was me last nite and if I don't get to bed soon it will be me again tonight with fall bulbs, but instead of ordering them I'll be searching for sources of specific cultivars based on observations made the last few weeks.
texasgarden
Dallas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 25, 2005
4:03 PM

Post #1426149

You know you're a gardener when...

You spend your entire WORK day emailing back and forth with your best friend about gardening stuff and yard projects... and now we have entered the realm of adding pictures.

But you wouldn't know anything about that would ya desertsweat? HA! :)
buckimom
Piqua, OH
(Zone 6a)

May 13, 2005
1:27 AM

Post #1465961

You know you're a gardener when you sit on your back porch and thank the good Lord that He has let you see another spring and your special friends are back!
SalmonMe
Springboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

May 13, 2005
4:12 AM

Post #1466360

When you're 3 year old knows more latin names than most adults and your 2 year old knows the names of atleast 3 local nurseries... and which plants you bought where!

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

May 13, 2005
6:46 AM

Post #1466501

- when your family members run out in to the garden in search of you whenever you are needed.
- when you spend hours on end forgetting what time it is, or even ignoring/managing the mosquitoes that prick you.
- when friends visiting you glance at the garden first [to see if you are found hanging around, before ringing the doorbell!
- when your spouse frowns on seeing new plants arrive from the nursery [happened to me y'day!]
texasgarden
Dallas, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2005
12:43 PM

Post #1466765

When you can't find your keys and your husband silently gets up, finds a flashlight, and proceeds outside to see where you tossed them down on your way from the car to the house... and FINDS them out there... after you are protesting that they must be in the house because YOU would never do something like that. :)
grayse2

(Zone 8b)

May 13, 2005
5:13 PM

Post #1467292

When it's dark out, and your husband calls to you to tell you it's time to come in before you get hit by a car because you're in the road, along your ditch, pulling up the last of the clover;

When it's dark out, and you're still pulling weeds out of your yard, and you HAVE to stop because you can no longer see what's a weed and what is not.

When you'd rather save your money for your new watering system, than get your hair cut
twenty2libras
Greenwell Springs, LA
(Zone 8b)

May 13, 2005
5:25 PM

Post #1467314

when you have 10 permanent little black halfmoons under the tip of your nails...and no amount of orangeclean in the world can clean them up...

when your five year old is peering out the window, and you ask him why, and he reports that he's waiting for the passiflora caerulea to bloom...

when your riding with someone and you scream 'STOP THE CAR!" to pull a wildflower out of a ditch...
sylvi74
East Bethel, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 13, 2005
6:40 PM

Post #1467424

When hubby won't let you go to the store alone for fear of what you might bring home.
When he answers the phone "wait a minute, she's out in the yard SOMEWHERE".
When you run out of room and start planting in the neighbor's yard.
When the tiniest tips of bulbs showing in the spring is better than Christmas.
texasgarden
Dallas, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2005
7:21 PM

Post #1467488

When your neighbor tells your husband "Your wife is killing me. Kathy said she is putting us to shame and I at least have to fix up the side of our house that Jamie can see." Oh yes, he ripped out all sorts of nasty old shrubs and made a quite pretty shade garden since, and I quote "you're the one that has to look at it." Oh, and when said neighbor's wife (Kathy) is nothing short of elated when she hears that you said her garden looks pretty! You would think Betty Crocker complimented her baking! :)
ruby42
Cape May Court House, NJ
(Zone 7a)

May 14, 2005
2:32 AM

Post #1468321

A garden song:

I'm a gardener and I'm OK.
I sleep all night and I plant all day!
I dress in grubby clothing, and hang around with slugs.
Oh I'm happy in the garden With dirt and plants and bugs . . .
(to the tune of Monty Python's "I'm a Lumberjack")


This is the perfect spot for this song!! I was looking at another post here at dave's and this song was part of a link!!!!!
kerry_in_ky
Dry Ridge, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 15, 2005
12:47 PM

Post #1470908

You know you are a gardener when...
-You offer to rake the neighbors lawn just for the free grass clippings and leaves.
-You find yourself correcting the current gardening 'advisor' on the television.
-You can spot a specific plant out of the corner of your eye while traveling down the highway @ 65 mph but missed noticing the crowd of people you just passed. (no I wasn't driving).
-You are thrilled when someone offers you a load of manure...delivered.
sundry
Franklin, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 16, 2005
2:22 AM

Post #1472456

When you get all teary eyed cause your family bought you a new wheel barrow for your birthday. How considerate!

When "a pile of dirt" is at the top of your Christmas wish list.

When your daughter tells your friends who call that mom is out hoeing around, and they understand that you are in the back yard.

Cheri'
momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2005
3:36 AM

Post #1472980

Keep em coming! These have been really fun to read!
mysticwill
Brookhaven, PA
(Zone 7a)

May 16, 2005
2:47 PM

Post #1473669

When your 2 year old wakes up from her nap-- and still half groggy- she knows to go looking for you in the backyard!!!!

langbr
Olathe, KS
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2005
8:00 PM

Post #1474313

And your 3 yrd old!!

And your 11 and 15 yr old...

And your DH...and all the 4 footed friends!!!
sylvi74
East Bethel, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 16, 2005
8:24 PM

Post #1474341

You stop at three stores on the way home from work, run out into the garden, and can only look confused when hubby says "what's for dinner?" since none of those stores carry PEOPLE food!
mysticwill
Brookhaven, PA
(Zone 7a)

May 17, 2005
2:56 AM

Post #1475135

You watch the Finale of the Batchleor (whatever--! LOL!) and you spend more time trying to ID the flowers on the tables than listen to show! LOL!!!!!!!!
bksmall
San Andreas, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 21, 2005
3:48 AM

Post #1486267

...on one of your first nights at the new house, you get up at 3 AM too anxious to sleep and check out the rose garden to be sure the deer aren't eating everything!!!! They did later on...
catydale
MIddletown, OH
(Zone 6a)

May 23, 2005
11:50 PM

Post #1492434

When you run out at dusk to cover the 6 by 8 portable/tent type greenhouse with a blanket so you little ceramic heater doesn't run all night trying to keep your plants warm. At that moment you forget about the rope tying off the greenhouse to a stake in the ground then trip over it. Thud! Luckily no bones broken, just sore for a few days and even luckier no one was home to see me on the ground looking so ridiculous.
Brinda
Yukon, OK
(Zone 7b)

May 24, 2005
3:22 AM

Post #1492982

When you overhear your son tell his grandmother when she asked what we purchased at the grocery store..."Oh, we don't buy food anymore...JUST PLANTS!
langbr
Olathe, KS
(Zone 6a)

May 25, 2005
3:56 AM

Post #1495528

ROFL...now THAT's a good one, Brinda!!! How old is this son, I'm wondering?
Brinda
Yukon, OK
(Zone 7b)

May 25, 2005
4:33 AM

Post #1495586

He is my youngest, 10 years old! And I have to say, out of my 3 kids...he will be the gardener in the family. He has known the correct names for many plants since he was really young! LOL His Nana (on his dad's side) is a big gardener so she taught him many things about plants and gardening! Here is a pic of him on Sunday when he helped my take 18 pups off a banana tree. LOL

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momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2005
10:58 AM

Post #1495813

gotta love a gardener in the making! cute story and pic!
AnniesWeePlot
Pennsauken, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 28, 2005
12:05 PM

Post #1503235

You know you're a gardener when...

-the backyard wildlife (birds, rabbits, etc..) think you and your dog are Grazers, not Hunters, and no longer have any fear of you both
-it is impossible to find a clean pair of white sneakers in your house... EVER
-you cannot pick-up, move, or even touch a pair of gloves without your dog running to the back door with a wagging tail


deann
Au Gres, MI
(Zone 5a)

May 28, 2005
12:10 PM

Post #1503248

You know your a gardener when...


you pack two friends in the front of a pick-up, drive 35 minutes to a great plant shop, fill the 8 ft pick-up truck full and the front of the cab, barely seeing anyone but the driver and then head to another plant shop, just in case they have something you REALLY need!
momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 28, 2005
1:10 PM

Post #1503351

Here's another...you see a volunteer from last year and you carefully Plant around it! I've had some of the best volunteer tomato's. Keep em comimg!
mariajose
Lafayette, IN
(Zone 5a)

May 29, 2005
5:53 AM

Post #1505237

You know you're a gardener when:

When you are happily working away in the garden when you suddenly realize you have been grinning like a fool for the last four hours while planting, weeding, feeding. Happens *all* the time.

You stop at your favorite nursery and have to struggle to find enough room in your vehicle for all your purchases, knowing you still need to stop at the grocery store. And when you arrive at your car with the groceries, some passing fellow yells, "Hey, Bob, check this out! She thinks she's gonna get these groceries in here!" And you do. And they applaude.

When horticultural rapture becomes medical bills and you know it is worth it.

When you buy a truck because you will always need mulch, lots of it.

When you pray you will get a big pile of doo for Mother's Day.





langbr
Olathe, KS
(Zone 6a)

May 29, 2005
9:01 PM

Post #1506211

Brinda - thanks for the photo. I don't know diddly about 'nanners but I'm thinking 18 pups is VERY good increase! Thanks for letting me know his age...was curious how long I have until my DD (3 yrs old) starts telling folks the same thing. LOL

I just LOVE this thread...thanks for starting it momof2d
Brinda
Yukon, OK
(Zone 7b)

May 29, 2005
9:30 PM

Post #1506272

This is a great thread. It's always nice to come here and read all the good information from everyone...and this thread is a plus. Makes me smile and giggle too...and sometimes really LAUGH OUT LOUD!!!

Brenda, we didn't know diddly about nanners either a couple of years ago. LOL And now I'm not sure we know a lot, just how to butcher them. LOL
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 29, 2005
9:41 PM

Post #1506294

When taking pics and you ask your son to move over, you are blocking the clematis vine. He is more concerned with the 5 lb bass being in the center of the shot.
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 26, 2005
2:41 PM

Post #1577097

You know you are a gardener when...

You spend hours happily writing E-mails back and forth about the pros and cons of various types of animal poop (actual experience in the "Coleus" Forum)

You wait expectantly for the neighbors to finish raking and bagging all their leaves and grass clippings and setting the bags out on the curb so that you can run over and grab them and dump them out into your own yard while they watch, totally perplexed.

I'm marking this thread as one to "watch!" Thanks for making me laugh today!

Jeremy

momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2005
3:44 PM

Post #1577225

Jeremy! No --- thank you! I know people must drive by my house and shake their heads in dis-belief when I'm doing what I love the most in heat/cold and inclement weather! I'm glad I'm not alone, However...I've not snagged anyones leaves/grass yet, I did ponder it though --- LOL!
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

June 26, 2005
4:13 PM

Post #1577269

I did - asked the wife, husb must have wondered where in the world it went, ha ha! Will be getting me some more too!! (after back is better!) ~ Suzi :)
kipper2
Meadows Place, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2005
8:44 PM

Post #1577949

You know you're...

When you get in the shower and look down there are grass blades, dead leaves, mulch, maybe some Osmicote, a couple of ants, etc...
City_Sylvia
Dallas, TX

June 26, 2005
10:31 PM

Post #1578215

You Know you're a gardener when... you fire a yard man for tieing back the limbs of a mimosa tree that is shading your Hostas. ...and pitching soil over into your raised bed ... almost completely covering your young seedlings. grrrrrrr!
Sylvia

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2005
11:52 PM

Post #1578345

You know for sure, when it starts to rain hard, and you don't quit weeding because weeds are so much easier to pull out of wet soil, and you're already wet anyway, so why not...

Or when you go to the store for necessities, like milk and bread, spot a garden store sale, stop and buy some new friends, take them home, plant them. Still don't have milk or bread.

When you run out of the house in your sleep wear early in the a.m. shrieking curses at the rabbits or deer...
sstateham
Rockford, IL
(Zone 4b)

June 27, 2005
12:27 AM

Post #1578392

You know you're a gardener when...

... you have a corporate meeting on Monday morning and your nails are so stained with dirt Sunday night that you have to paint them (as is the case with me tonight). I have one bottle of polish, and one bottle only. A very nice metalic "dirt" brown. Thank goodness for closed toe pumps - I hate painting my nails. :)

...you run outside in your t-shirt and undies at 5:30am when the sun is "just right" to take a picture and post it on DG. Thankfully the neighbors can't see our back yard.
rose_petalzz
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 27, 2005
12:40 AM

Post #1578420

You know you're a gardener when you have "nicknames" for your plants and they are either "male or female"!!!! I actually talk to mine; and they respond usually with blooms!
LOL :)--or thorns!!!
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 27, 2005
1:44 AM

Post #1578587

You know you are a gardener when...

You prune your roses more often than you trim your toenails.

You have something you call a "native plant sanctuary" that most people would call a weed patch.

You are leaving a mega store through the garden section and notice that their pots of purslane are looking leggy, so you pinch off the ends and put it in your shirt pocket and justify your actions to yourself and to anyone with you that this is not pilfering, it is pruning and propagating, and it is in the best interest of the plant (and then you go home and start a whole new patch of purslane with the pinched off ends).

(Those quilty of the above sin of commission may say three agAVE Marias and receive immediate absolution, but only if the purslane grew.)

Jeremy

momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 27, 2005
2:08 AM

Post #1578631

Pinching off a poor little hurting purslane...another thing I have'nt done yet --- Oh my , does that mean I'm not really a gardener? LOL!
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 27, 2005
2:11 AM

Post #1578639

No, momof2d, you are a gardener, just maybe one with more scruples than I have.

Anyone got any scruples to trade?
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2005
2:44 AM

Post #1578744

a: what is a scruple?

b: how many tomatoe plants can you get for one?
Equilibrium

June 27, 2005
5:48 AM

Post #1579128

"When you run out of room and start planting in the neighbor's yard"- Been there done that and continuing to do that under the guise of cross pollination. I had no idea there was someone else out there doing it. I feel so... so... not alone any more.
momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 27, 2005
10:27 AM

Post #1579253

Oh gosh,More laughs --- you guy's are great!

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

June 27, 2005
11:51 AM

Post #1579364

Well, I didn't run out of room, the garden just grew...On the south side of my house I have a partial shade garden do to the 5 fruit trees. The trees were planted on the lot line...I figured, 20 years ago, that the only thing bad is that the branches would hang onto the neighbors lawn...no biggie...but then I decided to plant some stuff under the trees...(BTW I only have 6' on that side of the house..) Well, like everything else in FL it grew and grew and grew...In fact, that is where "The Award Winning Coleus" lives..
Not long ago, while in my study, which is on that side of the house, I could hear my neighbors plotting a fence...my heart stopped...there would go my garden...my garden-their garden...whatever!!!! Then I heard, but we can't hurt her garden...YES!!!!!!!!!!!! no fence was ever built...yipee... Close call there, guys...

Here's mine/our/their garden... I'm on the left...remember...I have 6'...Whoa...a little over I would say...

Hap

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sylvi74
East Bethel, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 27, 2005
1:44 PM

Post #1579621

My neighbor says that the more flowers I plant, the less grass she has to mow, and I should feel free to plant whatever I want! Good neighbor!
kipper2
Meadows Place, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 27, 2005
3:11 PM

Post #1579823

You know you're a gardener when...

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sorgina
oiartzun-near san se
Spain
(Zone 8a)

June 27, 2005
3:55 PM

Post #1579980

...when you turn up to teach English to a new group of banking executives carrying a smart briefcase, wearing a confident professional smile and... your green rubber gardening clogs!!
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 27, 2005
4:10 PM

Post #1580024

You know you are a gardener when...

You won't let anyone mow your yard or do any other work in your garden because they can't tell which "weeds" are precious and which are not.

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

June 27, 2005
4:58 PM

Post #1580184

Right on Jeremy!!! For that matter, I'm not always sure either...just recently I went weeding only to discover a begonia with two little leaves no bigger than a dime...had my hand reaching and then I saw the angel wings...

PS...Here is the link and a new portrait...LOL

http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/508902/

This message was edited Jun 27, 2005 1:12 PM
mysticwill
Brookhaven, PA
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2005
5:24 PM

Post #1580265

when you are outside weeding in the rain, taking pictures, all with your 2 1/2 year old along - who LOVEs to play in the garden with mommy when it rains! (She's already on her 3rd outfit! LOL!!!!)
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 27, 2005
5:33 PM

Post #1580298

Thanks, Hap, for sharing the pix of your newest arrival (assuming you haven't been out shopping for plants a dozen times since the seedling showed up --- LOL!)

I've had the same experience of my hand grasping a clump of weeds, and then quickly releasing and recoiling when I find that the weeds have some "volunteer" I was about to pull up by accident, or by being in too much of a rush (or continuing to pull weeds after nightfall when you can't tell what's a weed and what is not, as others have mentioned here). It is a heart-stopping, breath-gasping experience for me when I almost destroy one of those precious little garden gifts.

I'm off to the bank to try to get some money deposited before checks bounce --- another, "You know you are a gardener when..."

You suddenly find your financial situation has totally crumbled because you've been too preoccupied with the divine experience in the garden to pay attention to such mundane matters as how much money is in the bank.

One of the more serious side-effects or our addiction!

Jeremy

This message was edited Jun 27, 2005 1:34 PM
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 27, 2005
9:40 PM

Post #1580987

In reply to the query from Dyson, above:

______________________

a: what is a scruple?

b: how many tomatoe plants can you get for one?

______________________

I have composed the following essay on the definition of 'Scruples' :

‘Scruples’ is a rare cultivar of Moralis principium in the Family, Ethicus, according to my desk reference of botanical nomenclature.

It is an heirloom species, seldom seen in today’s world. It is found on the “Endangered” list in most areas, and may, in fact, be altogether extinct.

It has long been banned and strictly prohibited from being held or allowed to grow in Washington DC and other governmental centers. There, it is considered a highly invasive weed that can overtake and severely curtail the pulp produced by the political farming industry.

It is considered extremely addictive and dangerous, much more so than marijuana and other mind-altering plants. Once a person has indulged in growing or using ‘Scruples,’ they may never be able to recover from its effects. The use of ‘Scruples’ has been known to leave people completely ineffective and incapable of dealing with even the simplest tasks in our modern world. If you possess or use ‘Scruples,’ you must keep this fact a closely guarded secret. Otherwise, you will be at a distinct disadvantage in life, especially in matters of business (e.g., used car deals, prenuptial agreements, courtroom appearances, and contracts of any sort).

Fortunately, wherever it is found, ‘Scruples’ can be easily plucked out and replaced with the more chic and far more easily propagated species, Moralis turpitudinous. In today’s culture, society, and international trade relations, M. turpitudinous is generally considered to be of much greater utilitarian value than M. principium ‘Scruples.’ Anyone found with ‘Scruples’ today is likely to be ridiculed as being old-fashioned and foolish.

As far as how many tomatoes might one swap for ‘Scruples’? Why would anyone in their right mind trade a valuable fruit for such a devalued commodity?

________
copyright 06/27/2005 by Jeremy Lucas. Free to share, please contact the author prior to printed publication. (I do have some pretensions of being a "professional writer" on occasion) ;)

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 27, 2005
10:53 PM

Post #1581134

I LOVE it, Jeremy. Thanks!!!!

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 27, 2005
11:48 PM

Post #1581259

you save every plastic sprayer bottle.

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

June 27, 2005
11:55 PM

Post #1581278

wow...can I send it, can I send it...just to one friend...he would so enjoy this...Thanks
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2005
12:34 AM

Post #1581381

Sure thing, Hap. I don't mind my little Ben Franklinish essay being forwarded everywhere to friends, family, foes, congresspeople, etc. I am just reserving publication rights for any use by the media (as if they are going to be breaking down my door for a copy!) ;)

Pass it on!

Jeremy
RachaelBee
N., CA
(Zone 9a)

June 28, 2005
1:48 AM

Post #1581544

...when your 3 yr old says "Mommy, your garden looks beautiful" just when he's about to get in big trouble for teasing his baby sister...and it works.

...when there's mud tracked from the back door to the computer desk from running in to look up a plant and when there's potting soil in the keyboard.

...when the most wonderful thing your DH can say after you've had a bad day is "why don't you go spend some time at the nursery and I'll stay with the kids."
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 28, 2005
6:44 AM

Post #1582004

When you tour daylily gardens, at full bloom and the temps are near 100!

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

June 28, 2005
12:03 PM

Post #1582212

...when you have to leave your clothes at your daughters because you suitcase if full of coleus to bring home 1300 plane-miles..
patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 28, 2005
12:25 PM

Post #1582262

LOL Hap. I bet Homeland Security is still trying to figure that out!

"Bulletin to Washington...send gardener for suitcase inspections to determine if material is illegal. We don't have a clue."

Pati


garityann
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2005
2:49 AM

Post #1584489

...you are laughing so hard at this thread that you need to run to the bathroom.

...once in the bathroom you lean over to the magazine rack and pick up "Wayside Gardens" seed catalog from Spring 2001 which is lying next to "Park's Gardens" seed catalog, Fall 2003 and many others.

...your husband refers to those plant and seed catalogs as "Garden Porn"

...his slightest hint at throwing those catalogs away makes you run up to the bathroom to grab them and put them in a safer spot.
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2005
2:58 AM

Post #1584515

You are privileged to be on an exclusive guest list and invited to a posh party at an oceanfront mansion. Arriving at the party and overlooking the sea from the veranda, you notice a northeaster has blown in TONS of seaweed. You ask the hostess for some garbage bags, leave the party, and go to the beach to gather seaweed to use as mulch and compost (some of the best stuff ever for trace elements!) while the other party guests stare down from the deck above in disbelief.
Equilibrium

June 29, 2005
4:17 AM

Post #1584749

Ha! You go to a barbecue and spot some really nice plants and ask if you can have some. You get told yes and surface to join the rest of the guests a few hours later.


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bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 29, 2005
6:03 AM

Post #1584924

Jax, I bet you were checking out the landscaping more than the beautiful interior of that mansion!

This thread is to funny!
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2005
1:12 PM

Post #1585337

Yep! bluegrass. Checking out the landscape and restraining myself from also leaving the party with a pocketful of "prunings" from plants I didn't have (but I was this time not willing to part with my 'Scruples').

There was a sign on the beach that said "$500 Fine for Disturbing Sea Oats." But the darn things looked like they could use a good scare to help them stimulate growth, so I lurched at them suddenly and made booga-boo faces at them. I was able to escape without the $500 fine.
Equilibrium

June 29, 2005
1:39 PM

Post #1585427

Oh my gawd! I am not alone-

"so I lurched at them suddenly and made booga-boo faces at them. I was able to escape without the $500 fine"

The visual on that is too much for me. I need to go pee fast before I'm in trouble and the kids are standing here wanting to go to camp and I'm busy laughing at a computer monitor.
patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 29, 2005
1:47 PM

Post #1585448

ROTFLMBO!!!!!! JFG you are a HOOT!!
Pati

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

June 29, 2005
1:48 PM

Post #1585458

Didn't I tell you, Jeremy??
noobiegardener
Glen Burnie, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2005
2:07 PM

Post #1585497

You know you are an new aspiring gardener when...

You set your home page in your browser to Dave's garden...

You go into a farmer's coop and can't get enough of the smell

You sit in your backyard on your swing and just stare at your new garden with a tear in your eye

You coo at your plants when you see their first fruits beginning to form

You go outside everyday to take more pictures with your digital camera

You are buying every book you can on gardening to get tips for next year's garden

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 29, 2005
2:26 PM

Post #1585528

Welcome, noobiegardener... from an ex-maryland woman!
noobiegardener
Glen Burnie, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2005
2:30 PM

Post #1585538

why thank you kindly, Darius!! My parents live in King, NC, right outside of W/S. Are you close to it?

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 29, 2005
2:36 PM

Post #1585562

Nope. Waaaay SW in the mountains, between Franklin and the GA line.
noobiegardener
Glen Burnie, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2005
2:40 PM

Post #1585572

bet it's pretty there though, huh?

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 29, 2005
2:56 PM

Post #1585626

Oh, yes... and cool summers!
noobiegardener
Glen Burnie, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2005
3:03 PM

Post #1585649

wow...that MUST be nice.
patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 29, 2005
3:36 PM

Post #1585738

"You know you are an NEW aspiring gardener when.."

If it comes up green and shows any growth at all, you treasure it, feed it and the word "weed" never enters your mind!
Pati
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 29, 2005
4:05 PM

Post #1585815

When you pull up a lawn chair and just gaze into daylily eyes!

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

June 29, 2005
4:42 PM

Post #1585898

Welcome noobie...have you seen the famous Coleus Forum yet...what a great group we are...
The best thing is that we are all enablers...no re-hab for us...LOLOL

Hap
noobiegardener
Glen Burnie, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2005
5:19 PM

Post #1585999

Happy...don't believe I've seen that forum yet. Thanks for the welcome! Looking forward to getting to know everyone!!!

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 29, 2005
5:26 PM

Post #1586019

...when you spend all day on DG because it's TOO HOT outside to garden.

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

June 29, 2005
5:59 PM

Post #1586071

Or RAINING AGAIN!!! Still, yet...whatever...
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 29, 2005
7:16 PM

Post #1586324

I am trying not to stray from the subject on this thread, but I simply must respond to Hap's last post!

You are teasing those of us who would dearly love to see some rain, because everything in our once-green gardens is now just a bunch of crispy critters! Please, please send some of that rain our way!! ;-)

And now, back to our program...

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

June 29, 2005
7:51 PM

Post #1586429

It's on it's way maggie...

Either extreme is not good..but no one ever said that the world was perfect... right now, some of my babys are learning the back stroke and are going down for the third time...it is not good...
Vizz8
Tacoma, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2005
10:01 PM

Post #1586777

You know when... Your 33 year old DD, helps you plant three lilly bulbs out of fifty, and tells everyone that comes by, (after they bloom) "come look at my lillies".. and you know that you've done something right after all!

You know when... you email your wish list to perfect strangers!


Viv
mysticwill
Brookhaven, PA
(Zone 7a)

June 30, 2005
2:19 AM

Post #1587370

YOu know you're a gardener when you use you gazebo and picnic table as you greenhouse and worktable!!!! LOL!! (and are amazed when your dh only complins once... )

http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/524877/

Heather
scooterbug
Tellico Plains, TN
(Zone 7b)

June 30, 2005
3:00 AM

Post #1587488

You know you're a gardner when ...

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Brinda
Yukon, OK
(Zone 7b)

June 30, 2005
1:46 PM

Post #1588197

LOL Scoot!!!

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2005
2:32 PM

Post #1588289

Heeheehee, ain"t that the truth!! Good one Scooter!
Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 30, 2005
3:00 PM

Post #1588379

Loved all the post! ha ha ha
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 30, 2005
3:26 PM

Post #1588438

You know you are a gardener if...

You let your pool turn into a slimy, green algae pit because your friends, the toads, have decided to breed there and you don't want to upset their life cycle.

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

June 30, 2005
3:53 PM

Post #1588501

Noooooooooo, you wouldn't do that? Jeremy? UGH? Not healthy for humans...
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 30, 2005
4:17 PM

Post #1588555

Kim, come on and share with us! It makes me feel better to know, I am not the only one. Love this thread.
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 30, 2005
4:30 PM

Post #1588605

But the toads are such a healthy benefit to my garden!

...And the pool I'm speaking of is an old "cement pond" (to quote Jethro from the B. Hillbillies) that was here when I bought my house and which I've been struggling with for three years to get to hold water. None of the concrete patching stuff would work and the pond would drain most of the way down everytime I filled it with water. It turns out that toad eggs apparently make wonderful cement crack patching!! The pond has been filled to the brim with water since the toads got amorous there on a recent romantic, rainy night with full moon. I've been doting around the pond like an expectant father, waiting for the first sign of tadpoles, while dropping in mosquito dunks to kill off the insect larvae.

I may have to install speakers out near the "cement pond" and pipe in Barry Manilow music for the toads to more fully enjoy their trysting. Or do you think the toads would prefer something with a little more hip-hop* beat, like Issac Hayes?

I'm too old to know any of the rap groups. I dropped out the music scene at age 30 (25 years ago!) when my young girlfriend at the time took me to CBGB's punk rock venue in NYC and I groaned to myself at the ear blasting sounds, "Gawd, these young kids and their awful music!" I knew at that very moment that I had crossed over the line and had become an old fogey.

*("hop" in the same line as "toads," Oh, what a bad pun!)

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patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 30, 2005
4:49 PM

Post #1588777

I can't help myself...I HAVE to post this!!!!LOL
Pati

Jeremiah was a bullfrog
Was a good friend of mine
I never understood a single word he said
But I helped him a-drink his wine
And he always had some mighty fine wine
Singin´...
Joy to the world
All the boys and girls now
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me
If I were the king of the world
Tell you what I´d do
I´d throw away the cars and the bars and the war
Make sweet love to you
Sing it now...
Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 30, 2005
5:13 PM

Post #1588866

Well, Pati, how dumb of me! Of course, that is the perfect song for toad trysting in the garden of Jeremy! Maybe an old 8-track version would work best to encourage the toads along (as if they need any encouragement!)

"Jeremiah" also happens to be one of the favorite songs of my consort, Christina, so I could probably get away with having a continuous loop of the song playing in the garden without her clobbering me.

Last night, she almost said, "Which is it going to be, me or the plants?" when she found me up typing away madly at 4:20 AM on the DG website. I may now need to limit my online garden gossip if I am to continue my own romantic trysting.

Jeremy

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bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 30, 2005
5:17 PM

Post #1588874

While the topic is cement ponds, two elderly gardeners had theirs filled in and it is now a perennial garden with a trellis for his clematis!
texasgarden
Dallas, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 30, 2005
5:19 PM

Post #1588882

Hey Jeremy! I feel your pain with the cement pond inheritance ordeal! Here is a link to my thread in the Water Gardens forum if you're interested. I decided to go ahead and try to restore it after much lamenting. I got lots of great advice from other DGers. If you want to check it out, the first post in this thread gives links to the other 2 threads I started related to this pond o death! I have high hopes that it will turn out okay... but I only bred mosquitoes, no toads. :)

http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/518725/

Jamie
jills
Alameda, CA
(Zone 9b)

June 30, 2005
5:36 PM

Post #1588926

You know you're a gardener when...

You're at a corporate strategic planning retreat at the Del Coronado Hotel in San Diego and you use the lunch break to pull weeds from their flower beds. As you return to the meeting with black fingernails, you wonder if your favorite weeding tool will pass through airport security for next year's retreat.

(Honestly, you'd think at a place like that they'd do a better job keeping up with the weeds!)
debi_z
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

June 30, 2005
9:33 PM

Post #1589576

you know your a gardener when...
you 'preen' your neighbors yards and then for the survivors, go around with the weed killer.
...you cry over the loss of your lilies from the voles. then go to dg and google to search for information on how to kill the little buggers. lilies are my first addiction and anything or anyone that harms them shall do so under penalty of death.
...your doggie looks over at you, to see if its ok if he lifts his leg here or not. LOL
thanks for the laughs and the 'uh huh i do that too.'
debi & franklin
momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2005
9:44 AM

Post #1590634

Oh I love getting a good laugh in the morning to go with my coffee! I especially love the "doggie looking up at you to see if its ok to lift his leg here or not" one, I guess I better train Buster a little better, he thinks our yard is 'his' yard! LOL Thanks for the laughs!

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csr480
London, KY

July 1, 2005
2:41 PM

Post #1591138

Here is a very true "You Know You're A Gardener When" that I am going through right now.

You know you're a gardener when you have ruptured a disk in your back and can barely walk while having numb, tingling painful legs, but you use your hoe as a cane and have your husband help sit you on the ground in the middle of your flower bed so you can weed and when you get finished call him from your cell phone to help you get up and move to another flower bed.

Connie

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

July 1, 2005
3:48 PM

Post #1591338

Yeh, I hear you...think I might be there in a couple of weeks...oh dear.

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2005
6:41 PM

Post #1591815

You know when...you go off to play golf, hit the garden shop on the way home, arrive home with a trunkful of plants...and it's already JULY!!! (but they were all on sale, marked waaaay down and I had the cash, and I've got a few bare spots, and it's only July...)
texasgarden
Dallas, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 1, 2005
7:21 PM

Post #1591911

Well meezer, try that same senerio but you live in TEXAS!!!!

Yesterday I planted a burford holly because I have been looking for a non-dwarf one to replace the one the arborist accidentally cut down. My husband's heart was broken b/c for whatever reason, he loved that tree. So I finally found one and bought it... but they had a bunch of stuff 75% off so I got that too. I planted it all yesterday... at 2pm. Did I mention this is Texas?! It was 100 degrees out, and that is not being used as a figure of speech here. It was literally 100 degrees! I was watching the 5 day forecast on the local news on Monday and across the board for the high temps for the week it went like this: 99, 100, 100, 100, 100. At 10pm it is still HOT outside. Not warm, but sweating kind of hot. Yet there I was, planting new plants of all things. Why? Then I got out the weedeater and lawn mower. Crazy much? No, just a gardener. :)

Oh, had two other "must be a gardener" moments yesterday. First of all, they closed our office early so we could go play Whirly Ball. When I found out we didn't have to go play if we didn't want to, I was thrilled. Soooo, I could drink free beer and have free food while playing a fun game in the air conditioning, or, go home and do back breaking work in the 100 degree heat. Well, we all know what I chose.

Then, since I finally determined I could not get much done if I dropped dead from a heat stroke, I finally went inside to cool off from about 4:45-6pm (then went back out for 3 more hours). So what could I do? Can't sit on the couch as nasty as I was, but I didn't want to take a shower when I knew I would just go back outside again. So I have invented the "gardener shower." It involves cool water, can last no more than 5 minutes, and you cannot wash your hair. Soap is optional. Heck, the real purpose is to cool off if I'm being honest. Not to get clean. So I hosed off the ick, tossed some soap around, and put on some clean clothes. After my break, those came off, the nasty ones from earlier went back on, and I was back outside for round 2. INSANE!!! But you know what they say, there is a fine line between hobby and mental illness. LOL!

Jamie
RachaelBee
N., CA
(Zone 9a)

July 1, 2005
7:46 PM

Post #1591950

It's already 90 here, supposed to get up to 101. I just came in from weeding and discovered something I'm sure other people do all the time. I put the oscillating sprinkler on so that it hits me at some point in it's cycle no matter what part of the yard I'm in. I was out there soaking, but weeding in comfort. You know you're a gardener when all the neighbors are driving by staring at you like you're crazy! Ü

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

July 1, 2005
8:02 PM

Post #1591976

What do you "Like?" We ARE crazy...heheh
mysticwill
Brookhaven, PA
(Zone 7a)

July 1, 2005
8:04 PM

Post #1591982

No we're not-- THEY are ( unless of course they are off to the garden center...LOL!)
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 2, 2005
10:44 AM

Post #1593116

Last week, I heard of a new daylily patch. I drove about 40 miles. Loaded down the van, so much the kids said, where are we going to put the groceries!

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

July 2, 2005
12:34 PM

Post #1593261

Good girl...the New Diet Plan...
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 2, 2005
6:40 PM

Post #1594000

You know you are a gardener when...

You rush out into the middle of the street, waving your arms frantically, to stop an oncoming auto from smashing into two black swallowtail butterflies that are dancing together in a manner that would suggest they were becoming "intimately acquainted." *

*Sugarweed and my postal carrier were the eyewitnesses to this bit of insanity this afternoon.

By the way, I did a Google search and also searched the DG "Garden Terms" and can't find any reference to the terminology associated with "the science of the study of butterflies" (e.g., study of birds = ornithology, study of all life = biology, the study of fungi = mycology). What is the appropriate term for butterfly research and information?

Is it Flitology? or Flutterology? Or, a more serious term, like Papillonology?

Jeremy
patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 2, 2005
6:50 PM

Post #1594028

Jeremy...Lepidopterist.

Pati

PS: I still think Flutterology is the best LOL
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 2, 2005
10:56 PM

Post #1594349

Thanks, Pati. I knew there must be a word for it.

And would a butterfly with bad eyes make an appointment with a lepidoptometrist?

(Sorry for that one -- obviously the corn is in season in NE Fla) LOL
sstateham
Rockford, IL
(Zone 4b)

July 2, 2005
11:13 PM

Post #1594388

Music selections for Jax - how about "Toad" by Cream?

zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 2, 2005
11:52 PM

Post #1594429

You know you're a gardener when... you are excited to get bags of mulch and manure for Mother's Day! Skip the candy and jewelry...give me money to go spend on my garden any day! :-) Tamara
momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2005
11:57 PM

Post #1594436

You know your a gardner when... you cant bear to toss out the pretty onion tops!

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JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 2, 2005
11:59 PM

Post #1594439

Thanx, Sstate. That one might work, though I'm not sure my neighbors would approve or what I think is a rock group? (Remember, I dropped out of paying any attention to music with old age at 30 and punk rock music). How about a hip-hop rap version of "When Froggie Goes a Courtin' ??"
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 3, 2005
12:09 AM

Post #1594454

Oh, congratulations are due me: my progeny of tadpoles have hatched! I'm not sure how many hundred offspring I have, but Sugarweed and a friend confirmed with me this morning that the pond is teeming with taddies. I'm not sure if there are any legal restrictions on transporting toads across state lines or if PETA will descend upon me with vehement protests, but once my brood reach the stage of having legs and losing their tails, I can carefully pack them and ship them in jars of water to all for postage only. Otherwise, I might soon be overrun by the bellowing bounty of Bufonidae that are swelling in numbers in the algae pool.

What do tadpoles eat? Does Iam's have a special nutritional supplement for them?
zone5girl
Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2005
12:36 AM

Post #1594514

Garityann, I laughed so loud at the "garden porn" remark that I think the whole neighborhood heard me!!! Tamara

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2005
1:03 AM

Post #1594560

Oh save me from myself, dragged DH back there today and bought another $80 worth of marked down perennials and real cheap annuals. I have to stop going there, I am truly running out of bare ground. If those blanketyblank rabbits keep nibbling though, I might have to make another trip. Did see some interesting hosta...
patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 3, 2005
12:33 PM

Post #1595206

momof2d...that is really pretty! You're right, only a true gardner would even think of an arrangement like that.
Pati
sstateham
Rockford, IL
(Zone 4b)

July 3, 2005
12:45 PM

Post #1595212

Jax - yes, that would certainly be rock. Cream was Eric Clapton's band before he went solo. Depending on your neighbors, though, I think they might prefer that to "hip-hop". Personally if I had a neighbor playing Cream, I'd bring him a beer. If he was playing mip-hop I might be tempted to pour it on him instead.

Meezers - I do the same thing. I went on a run daybefore yesterday for one little pack of boston ivy and left with the back of my jeep loaded and $120 poorer.

Love the onions!
tgif
Starkville, MS

July 6, 2005
4:33 PM

Post #1603043

How about a Grandmother who talks more about her yard projects than she does about her young Grandchildren.

(That would be my sister and I love her yard as much as I do the kids!)

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 6, 2005
4:49 PM

Post #1603090

Speaking of onions...LOL Aren't they pretty??

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Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

July 6, 2005
4:53 PM

Post #1603102

BOOTIFULLLLLLLL

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 6, 2005
4:56 PM

Post #1603112

I figured my kitchen always smells like garlic and onions anyway, and why waste them...
Jos
southwestern, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 6, 2005
4:58 PM

Post #1603119

...when you run outside during a hailstorm and use your body to protect your young cannas. Just not enough time to find something to use to protect them.
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 6, 2005
6:56 PM

Post #1603466

you know you're a container gardener when every yard sale you pass you stop and see what you can get REALLY cheap that you can put plants in!!!! (and your familyand friends do the same for you)

or when every time DH leaves the house, he askes, how many bags of potting soil do you want me to bring home :)

Janis

patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 6, 2005
7:03 PM

Post #1603478

LOL Woofy! My biggest find was at a dollar store. They had plastic colanders in the most beautiful deep jewel colors. I guess the lady at the cash register wondered what I was going to do with 5 purple and cobalt blue colanders! I planted Sweet William in them and they were just gorgeous! Only a blue one made it through the hurricanes last year, and it's full of Duck Foot Coleus.
Pati
daylily970
Coshocton, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 6, 2005
7:15 PM

Post #1603498

...when are grilling and forget to turn the burgers because your off watering your containers. my dh and ds don't let me grill anymore, i always burned the food. LOL

pati love to see your colanders/planters.
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 6, 2005
7:19 PM

Post #1603510

Oh,, Pati I bet!!

I was just outside thinking about this thread... and I realized that when you complain that hanging baskets are $.03 cheaper at WalMart than at Dollar General you have it REALLY BAD!

I was outside filling 2 planters with potting soil, gonna put some of that new Rose Kong in each and I'm not sure what else. I have 2 baskets that I got from my mom (yard sale finds) that I have to decide what to put in, but until DH gets home, I'm out of potting soil LOL

Janis
Equilibrium

July 7, 2005
3:01 AM

Post #1604676

When you get a coupon and end up spending more money on gas driving to buy plants than you save and realize you have no idea where you are going to plant what you bought.


This message was edited Apr 22, 2008 10:32 PM
momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 7, 2005
9:55 AM

Post #1605049

Equilibrium ---- makes sense to me - LOL!
juja
Lake City, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 7, 2005
10:30 AM

Post #1605068

I luv this thread -
Mine is - you know your a gardener when your over 50 and still working full time just to support your "plant" habit and so hubby doesn't really know how much money you spend each month on plants that you "sneak" into your yard before he comes home from work at night.

or

Your excited over the outdoor portable spotlights that your husband bought for his workshop that you took over, so that you can now work in your garden during the winter months when it gets dark early
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 7, 2005
10:43 AM

Post #1605072


When you have so many garden/nursery sites bookmarked, you create a file just for Flowers!

Most of your emails are from other gardeners.
kerry_in_ky
Dry Ridge, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 7, 2005
11:01 AM

Post #1605093

Even while you sleep your dreams are filled with planting, weeding etc. and rather than waking up tired you wake up refreshed.
tgif
Starkville, MS

July 7, 2005
1:23 PM

Post #1605327

When you go to the garden to pick a tomato for a salad and come back in no longer hungry because you nibbled your way all around the garden.
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 7, 2005
1:42 PM

Post #1605373

You try to get your nongardening friends to just try!
irishbelle
Orange County, NY
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2005
1:47 PM

Post #1605386

Fun thread! Here's mine . . .

. . . your large beach umbrella hasn't seen the beach in 5 years, but it comes out each spring so you can plant in the rain (even down pours) without getting too wet. :-)
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 7, 2005
1:52 PM

Post #1605401

That is a great idea!
irishbelle
Orange County, NY
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2005
3:53 PM

Post #1605632

Thanks Bluegrass! It works really for me, but sometimes my DN (dear nephew?) has to drag me out of the garden and remind me that lightening and big metal framed umbrellas can lead to one crispy gardener.
noobiegardener
Glen Burnie, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2005
5:12 PM

Post #1605835

I have a new use for my beach umbrella!!!!! :)
tgif
Starkville, MS

July 7, 2005
7:37 PM

Post #1606086

DH says - you could make a full sized afgan outa all those threads your watching!!!
patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 7, 2005
8:12 PM

Post #1606138

LOL to tfig's DH!
Pati
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 7, 2005
9:05 PM

Post #1606235

That was so funny tgif! Out of curiosity, how many "threads" does your afghan have?! ~ Suzi :)
tgif
Starkville, MS

July 7, 2005
9:21 PM

Post #1606279

Let's just say I'll be crocheting for a LONG time!!!!!
momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 7, 2005
11:39 PM

Post #1606513

ya know folks, this thread should turn into a book w pics of all of you in your 'prime' ... in the garden of course!
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 8, 2005
1:37 AM

Post #1606778

tgif, I understand!!! I just looked and it is TOOOOO many. No wonder some days I never get to the new things, I am still checking the threads when I realize it is time for bed! Later, Suzi :)
tgif
Starkville, MS

July 8, 2005
1:45 AM

Post #1606802

BriarRose - well with all these colorful threads, at least we know the finished project will be beautiful.
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 8, 2005
1:53 AM

Post #1606822

TGIF - Just like our yards after learning all this super-duper helpful information from being here!!! Right?! ~ Suzi :)
noobiegardener
Glen Burnie, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 8, 2005
10:22 AM

Post #1607486

You know you're a gardener when...

at 6:00 am in the morning, in the wind and pouring rain you get out of your warm bed to go outside and make sure your corn is surviving the high winds from the remnants of that darn hurricane Cindy or whatever it is! And you talk to a couple of your corn stalks that are leaning and tell them that they will be alright. You then run over to your tomato plants and put some more ties gently around them because they seem to have grown a foot over night and are bending away from the stakes. You talk to them too and tell them that you love them and that they will be OK.

sheesh...Having a garden is like being pregnant...you try not to worry over your the development of the baby, but you sure will be glad when the little one gets here...Now my babies are my plants, and I sure will be glad when I can harvest!!!
BloomsWithaView
Moab, UT
(Zone 6b)

July 9, 2005
1:42 PM

Post #1610327

All so true, so true.
patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 9, 2005
3:42 PM

Post #1610550

...When you hear about any tropical depression and immediately start developing a plan to store all those container plants you SWORE you wouldn't have after last year's storms. Suddenly you discover you have somehow accumulated twice as many this year!
Pati
mariajose
Lafayette, IN
(Zone 5a)

July 10, 2005
5:06 AM

Post #1612274

When you head outside each morning, early, in some oddly mismatched outfit (hey, lucky it wasn't the nightgown!), hair askew, no makeup, to start collecting that precious pollen, marking each container, sighing at the beauty of those lovely blossoms, photographing each, deciding which to cross, marking the tags, crossing the pollen onto pistils, hanging the tags, writing all this down as you go... not realizing hours have passed and you've greeted all of your neighbors who are out walking their dogs or heading to work. They think I am nuts - and half of them are psychiatrists (uh oh). I know they are telling "therapy" jokes behind my back. Not that I'm paranoid.

Why am I surprised that suddenly I am so brown?

As someone else mentioned above, LOVE Farm stores - real tools! Love corn fields, too.

When you buy Culvers Frozen Custard in bulk, so that when you come in from the garden all hot and sweaty you can reach into the freezer for a quart you brought home. Who has time to eat real food? The psychiatrists I suppose...

LulaLu
Olive Branch, MS
(Zone 7b)

July 10, 2005
12:01 PM

Post #1612521

You know you're a gardener when you go from bed to the kitchen to start the coffee. And then you head out the back door to check on all the plants, seeing how everybody made it through the night, who's up, who's blooming, how the newcomers and repotted plants look today. Then you can get your cup of coffee and go wash your face, brush your teeth , brush your hair and change chothes.

The morning inspection is done in the backyard and I hope the neighbors don't look out of their windows early in the morning.
sbarr
Albany (again), NY
(Zone 5b)

July 11, 2005
10:27 AM

Post #1614995

You know you're a gardener when you fly from Ireland to New York for your better-natured half's birthday and spend your weekends at home weeding and rearranging hostas and daylilies!
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 12, 2005
5:00 AM

Post #1617825

Your a gardnerer, if you keep pretty bottles, full of cuttings next to your coffee pot in the kitchen window.
MQN
Salt Lake City, UT
(Zone 6a)

July 12, 2005
10:49 PM

Post #1619435

When you spent your bathroom renovation money on plants so you can only buy the jetted tub nothing else and start eyeballing the tub with thoughts of compost tea running through your head. My DD keeps reminding me I would never get it clean again...oh well.
sierramp
Reno, NV

July 13, 2005
4:32 PM

Post #1621030

LulaLu, I too do the yard walk first thing in the morning to check on everybody. When I pour my coffee the dogs start screaming and run to the door because they know it's time for the yard walk.

You know you're a gardener when... you have a farmer's tan from the t-shirt, another tan line from the gloves and you don't worry about the tan lines anymore.
kerry_in_ky
Dry Ridge, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2005
5:10 PM

Post #1621115

I do a morning and evening walk. And...if it is an especially hot or stormy day I have been known to go out in the middle of it. Only a fellow gardener would understand this behavior. While my family rolls their eyes at my 'obsession' with anything green, they tell me they do very much appreciate the fruits of my labor (lots of fresh veggies, fruit and herbs). So, I guess I can live with the rolling of eyes. lol
noobiegardener
Glen Burnie, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
10:23 PM

Post #1621891

you know you're a gardener when you ride down the highway and see large plots of open land and start thinking of all the veggies and fruits you could grow there while observing the pattern of the sun on that particular piece of land.
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 14, 2005
5:48 PM

Post #1623611

You know you're a gardener, when you haul plants to newlyweds 5 hours away, because Mom has lots of plants!
wabi
saugatuck, MI
(Zone 6a)

July 14, 2005
5:58 PM

Post #1623632

...when you start visualizing--planning--wondering about NEXT SUMMER'S garden projects, changes, additions, plant-relocations, weather, etc etc etc...NOW, during the busiest time. adding "garden greed" to our other sins...like "garden porn" LMBO!!!!

this is an entirely great thread! more! more!
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 14, 2005
6:24 PM

Post #1623692

when you and 2 of your 3 kids at home have mono, and you still go outside at 8 AM to water, even though the sunlight makes your eyes feel like they are frying, and you have to lay down on the couch for 2 hours to recover LOL
Gonna beg DH to water tonight when he gets home

Janis
irishbelle
Orange County, NY
(Zone 5b)

July 14, 2005
6:29 PM

Post #1623707

That is dedication! I hope you and yours feel better soon Janice.
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 14, 2005
6:34 PM

Post #1623718

Thanks :)
I just can't stand the thought of my poor babies frying in this heat. Most of my plants are in containers, so they need lots of water.
The DR says the only thing to do is rest, but that is so hard with little ones. My 14 yr old is away at a friends because he is over it already, my 3 yr old is getting better, my 6 year old started running a fever today and the 8 yr old is fine so far.
Sigh... it'll be better soon :)

Janis
Vizz8
Tacoma, WA
(Zone 8a)

July 14, 2005
8:03 PM

Post #1623861

when you finaly understand that hollyhocks just wont grow for you and you pull them out, instead of trying to save the last few leaves on a bare stock!


Viv
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 19, 2005
1:15 PM

Post #1633776

You know you are a gardener when...

You consider changing your doctor or dentist because they don't have garden related magazines in their waiting rooms.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

July 19, 2005
1:46 PM

Post #1633805

You know you are a gardener when...

You can't resist pulling weeds in public gardens.
wabi
saugatuck, MI
(Zone 6a)

July 19, 2005
4:15 PM

Post #1634080

too true, viola. that's how i tell if someone 'new', that i don't know well yet is rrrrrrreally a gardener...if when taking the nickle tour of my garden (no matter how dressed-up they may be) they guiltily look around and cannot help themselves and bend over and pull a weed. makes me laugh every time. GRIN

of course...i do it too LOLOLOL.
noobiegardener
Glen Burnie, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 19, 2005
9:28 PM

Post #1634817

when you keep checking this thread to see other people's responses :)
wabi
saugatuck, MI
(Zone 6a)

July 19, 2005
11:14 PM

Post #1635023

laffin'.

love it!
LaLambchop
Chapin, SC
(Zone 7b)

July 21, 2005
1:55 AM

Post #1637607

You know you're a gardner when:

- you get a renovation loan for1/3 the value of your newly purchased house and you re-do the landscaping before the kitchen, bathrooms, etc.

- during the wettest June in recorded history you leave the dinner table (at the sound of the garden timer) to go out into the pouring rain to move the hoses which are dripping water onto your new trees for 1 hour a day, each, and then update your watering chart before returning to your meal, and you continue this for a month.

-and when you cry because you finally have the dream garden you've always wanted with plants like Grandma had and all your other favorites, and each day begins and ends with a stroll to see how everyone is doing.

Happy gardening. Thanks for the thread momof2d.

Chops
momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 21, 2005
2:16 AM

Post #1637682

You're welcome Chops! Lots of dedicated gardeners here, some more than other's but All dedicated! :) Jill
butterqueen
Kernersville, NC
(Zone 7a)

July 24, 2005
5:10 AM

Post #1645595

Ha! This is a great topic, loved reading it.
How about when the dh finds a job on the internet that he is interested in, but wants your input before he applies. You quickly spout off reasons it won't do- cost of living, too far from the family and friends, etc etc. Secretly, you knew that zone just would not mesh with your new garden plans.
SouthernlyYours
Bossier City, LA
(Zone 8a)

July 25, 2005
2:34 AM

Post #1647486

You know... when you are sick with a fever, stopped up head, weak and feel like you have the flu. The neighbor calls and wants to return a dish and because you are feeling anti-social and not wanting company you meet her outside. While waiting for the neighbor in the 100 degree heat (with a fever) you notice weeds in the azaleas and start pulling them so intently that the neighbor startles you when she finally gets there!

You have a snake phobia and have learned how to kill them without having a panic attack because you know snakes are just part of being outside! (its actually quite a show according to my neighbors and family... I apparently look as if I am trying to kill a guerilla with the shovel instead of a 3 inch long snake! My mom called it comic relief!
Carla
kerry_in_ky
Dry Ridge, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 25, 2005
2:37 PM

Post #1648255

when you read a message about someone killing snakes in their garden and then look at where they live to see if you might possibly be able to drive over and 'harvest' the snakes for your own garden (assuming they aren't poisonous of course).
LaLambchop
Chapin, SC
(Zone 7b)

July 25, 2005
5:08 PM

Post #1648566

Ewwwww! I've got goose bumps.
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 25, 2005
5:10 PM

Post #1648572

Ok, when you try to hide the garter snake that has taken up residence in your front flower bed, cause DH is terrified of them (and you aren't) to keep him from killing it :)

Janis
tgif
Starkville, MS

July 25, 2005
5:16 PM

Post #1648585

I "picked" a particularly nice greenbean once. Turned out to be the tail end of a garter snake, who was not best pleased with my thoughts of snapping and canning, so s/he moved to safer haven in the watermelon patch.
LaLambchop
Chapin, SC
(Zone 7b)

July 25, 2005
5:26 PM

Post #1648602

Stop or I'll have to stay away from my garden. (Like that could happen) :)
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 25, 2005
6:02 PM

Post #1648689

Sorry LaLamb :)

I have never really been afraid of snakes (non poisonious ones) I could tell you stories about when I lived IN AL that would really freak you out. Copperheads in the house curled up next to the fridge for warmth just aren't cool

Janis
tgif
Starkville, MS

July 25, 2005
6:04 PM

Post #1648691

Janis - been there - do NOT want to go back to there!!!!!
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 25, 2005
6:19 PM

Post #1648726

Me either... the worst part was, at the time my now ex and I raised red tailed boa constricters for sale. When I called the neighbor screaming that there was a snake my house... he said very calmly... "so?" I was like "no you don't understand its not MINE" he asked me if I had anything to kill it with... I said the only thing I have is my 9mm. Needless to say he was across the street in no time flat LOL

That was our first encounter with a copperhead... the 2nd time was like an episode of Keystone Kops... it was outside in the carport, and our gas hot water heater was in a cubby right next to the carport. The cops wanted to shoot the snake, right in the direction of the water heater!!! When they decided that was a bad idea, they went after it with a long squeegee type thing used to clean restaruant floors, had rubber on one side, and was hard on the other... well, AL cops... decided to use the RUBBER SIDE to pin it down ROFL Needless to say that didn't work very well, and pi$$ed the snake off pretty bad to boot. It started to chase one cop down hte gravel driveway... he tripped and broke his wrist so badly it needed pins in it, and someone cut the snakes head off with a shovel before it could get to him thank goodness. It was terrifying then, now I wish I had had a video camera.

Janis
wabi
saugatuck, MI
(Zone 6a)

July 25, 2005
9:57 PM

Post #1649263

TGIF-----

i PMPLOL...stop stop stop LOL!


OMG woofens!!! you guys stop this...i ruined my puter chair! laffin laffin laffin.

(makes note to self--place old towel on puter chair before going to read this thread...)



This message was edited Jul 25, 2005 6:02 PM
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 26, 2005
1:40 AM

Post #1649710

ROFL
tgif
Starkville, MS

July 26, 2005
1:58 AM

Post #1649749

What do you do when you'er sitting on the toilet contemplating your navel and just happen to notice that there is a young (18 or so inches) cotton mouth between you and the door? Once I got OUT of the bathroom with the little feller still trapped IN the bathroom, I had the time of my life watching two football team sized cops trying to do the little feller in. It took them 45 minutes, (I refused to allow them to shoot it because I didn't trust them to be able to shoot straight) the bathroom being all of 4x5 feet, and even after they were SURE it was dead, they were still terrified of it. I had to put it in a bag, tie the bag in the end of a long stick (their idea, not mine - I knew it was dead), take it out to their car and put it in the trunk! And when I say football team I'm talking about each one of them! Best laugh I'd had in awhile. I will admit, I looked before entering after that.
SouthernlyYours
Bossier City, LA
(Zone 8a)

July 26, 2005
4:22 AM

Post #1650057

Oops didn't mean to change the subject to snakes but since we are there...

tgif... even better... sitting on the toilet contemplating my navel and looked directly pass my navel to see a small but ugly unnammed snake trying to fight his way out of the toilet bowl between my legs! Lesson learned... never sit on the toilet without first checking the contents of the bowl!
C
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 26, 2005
10:06 AM

Post #1650333

stop ... pleasse your killin me

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

July 26, 2005
10:54 AM

Post #1650355

Dear SY...

Don't stop now...WHAT HAPPENED??????
LaLambchop
Chapin, SC
(Zone 7b)

July 26, 2005
5:24 PM

Post #1651141

OK, now I can't garden or pee! I don't think I will be able to sleep either but I have a lot of admiration for you all who are so brave and have lived through the sn-a-key (we don't even say that word around here) incidents. Do you all live in the very deep woods, I hope?

Grinning as I write,

Leslie
noobiegardener
Glen Burnie, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 26, 2005
5:32 PM

Post #1651160

Well, I had an encounter with a "harmless" garden snake. It was six feet long and black. Just came slithering up my driveway. Ever see a five foot tall woman jump on THE ROOF of her car in two seconds flat? My neighbors found this soooo amusing. So did my children. So much so that they decided to take a very realistic looking toy snake and put behind me while I was gardening. When I turned around and saw it, I leaped OVER the flower bed, which is, ooohhh about five feet wide.

This message was edited Jul 26, 2005 1:35 PM spelling errors...gosh I hate them.

This message was edited Jul 26, 2005 1:36 PM
LaLambchop
Chapin, SC
(Zone 7b)

July 26, 2005
5:33 PM

Post #1651164

That sounds like 'grounded for life'.
noobiegardener
Glen Burnie, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 26, 2005
5:36 PM

Post #1651170

Lambchop:

It should have been...but they are nine, four and three, and their laughs are just so adorable I laughed once I realized what was going on. Then I went in and changed my pants! :o)
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 26, 2005
5:56 PM

Post #1651218

ROFL
Lambchop, the first copperhead was in a rural area... outside of Tuscaloosa Alabama.

The second one, the one in the carport, was in a town called Childersburgh, right in town. I guess its the dangers of living down south... I don't know. Here we are very rural, and when my neighbors across the street opened their shed last spring to get the lawn mowers and stuff out, there was a nest of baby copperheads. We live very close to a stream, so that is why they are there. We have to watch close, we have heavy undergrowth and a rock wall in our yard.

Its just a hazard of living in the country I guess... I coiuldn't stand to live in a town or city tho :)

Janis
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 26, 2005
7:33 PM

Post #1651593

Well, as long the topic of snakes has been raised, here is my snake story. It takes place in the most unlikely of places -- Manhattan!!

I lived at 7 Morton Street in Greenwich Village in NYC from about 1975 - 1983. On the nearby corner of Bleeker and Morton Streets was a pet store named "Exotic Aquatics." They sold not only fish, as the store name might suggest, but also birds, reptiles, and even a few mammals. They catered to the desires of clientele that wanted to bring some touch of the Amazon to their urban jungle apartments.

The store sold an assortment of non-poisonous snakes. The snakes were kept in individual small aquariums with a mesh screen cover and a weight on the top, usually a small rock. It was not the best method for housing snakes. The snakes could easily, when the whim struck, slither up the glass of the aquarium and push open the flimsy lid and escape.

One of the joys for me of living at 7 Morton Street was that my apartment was on the first floor at the rear of our building and had an old turn-of-the-century garden, complete with black slate paving and some raised concrete planters on each side of a fish pond with a nicely sculpted lion's head fountain in a tall brick arch at the back of the pond. The garden had been left to ruin for about 50 years, according to the building superintendant, Iona, a 70+ year spinster artist lady whom had lived in the first floor front apartment since the 1920's. She recalled when the current storefront location of "Exotic Aquatics" had a been a speakeasy where she had worked as the hat check girl during prohibition. One of Iona's most exciting memories had been accepting a hat to hold for Judy Garland when Ms. Garland paid a visit to the speakeasy. Iona was a quirky sort that wanted nothing to do with new fangled inventions. She had refused to allow her apartment to be converted to alternating current (AC) when the power company came around to make the change, which meant that she had to buy DC to AC adaptors for all her appliances. She made lovely ceramic pins that were fairly accurate copies of insects. She didn't see the need for any housework and had a theory that dust only accumulates to a certain point of critical mass, and then won't settle any further. Every flat surface in her apartment was therefore completely covered in about 3/4 inch of city soot and dust. Her own version of the particle theory may have been correct. I never saw the dust layer in her apartment go beyond this fossilizing level of sedimentation.

My first experience in gardening was a zealous effort to restore the garden at 7 Morton Street to its original beauty. This was a major undertaking, and an entire story in itself. Suffice it to say that after about a year of arduous effort, the cracks in the cement pond had been patched and the pond had been halted in a slow, eventual descent into the 7th Avenue subway tunnel that ran beneath it. The repaired pond held water sufficiently to have three gold fish swimming contentedly. Water once again flowed from the fountain in the lion's mouth, rebuilt by my reconstructive cement surgical attention, and splashed with calming delight into the pond. A collection of woodland wildflowers, ferns, and other shade loving plants grew in the planters -- the only thing that would grow in this garden that was basically at the bottom of a well surrounded by the neighboring five story buildings. The garden became an oasis of serenity in the Manhattan hubbub for all of the residents of the other 19 apartments in the building. I got to become close friends with most of the other tenants -- a rare experience for a Manhattanite. We were our own exotic collection of displaced creatures, taken from whatever had been our original environments around the U. S. and the world, and transplanted to Greenwich Village. The assortment of people included Betty Aberlin, better known as Princess Aberlin on "Mister Roger's Neighborhood." Betty was a gentle sprite, with a personality much like her character on the children's show. I would sometimes step out of my door on Easter Morning to find that Betty had left a clutch of painted Easter eggs at my doorstep. She had kind, but often slightly misguided intentions, which included bringing in homeless people from the street and letting them stay in her apartment. This was fine, but when she would then go out on theatrical tours outside of her day job for weeks at a time, her homeless friends would end up sleeping in our building vestibule. Most of us in the building would step over the temporary residents in acquiescent tolerance of Betty's generosity, while quietly thinking she was maybe a bit nuts. My friend, Tom, commented that Betty had spent just a little too much time talking to hand puppets. The shifting tide of occupants of 7 Morton included a host of other actors like Betty and myself (and waiter/waitresses that were actor wanna-bes), musicians, artists, and people with no visible means of support. One neighbor, Steve, was a mousy young guy that collected old films. All the residents of 7 Morton would sometimes gather for evening parties in the garden. Steve would bring down his old reel to reel equipment and project vintage films onto the walls of the garden. The whitewash I had added to the garden walls for greater light reflection, trying to eke out every photon from the once-a-day high noon rays directly overhead that were the only light that penetrated to the floor of the garden, served as a film screen. I saw "Casablanca" many times with a white brick underlay to Bergman and Bogart close-ups. Our mostly Italian, mostly mafioso neighbors in the surrounding buildings would set up chairs and lean out their windows to also enjoy the picture show.

The snakes of "Exotic Aquatics," perhaps sensing the garden as a nearby spot with water and an ample supply of food from the ubiquitous city rats-a-plenty, would frequently make a break from their cramped aquarium prisons in the pet store and follow a fast slithering path to the more natural surroundings of our backyard garden.

My first experience with a visiting snake was coming home one evening and, upon unlocking my apartment door and starting to push it open, felt a fleshy resistance. My first response was that someone had broken into my apartment, had heard me about to open the door, and was inside my apartment holding the door shut. This experience would not seem out of the ordinary. But then I looked down and saw a long, thin tail whipping around at my feet and projecting out from beneath the door. It looked like a snake's tail, but I couldn't imagine a snake being in Manhattan, so my mind raced with possible explanations, deciding that drug-induced hallucinations were the most likely cause for the demonic vision I saw near my toes. I finally found that I could open the door by pulling up on the weight of the door so that the squirming creature on the other side could get free. When I did this, I opened the door to find a snake streaming across my kitchen floor, looking for a hiding place. I managed to get around in front of the snake and with lots of quick steps and shouted whoops, jumping from foot to foot, much resembling the frenetic disco dancing popular in that era, I managed to corral the snake and send it back out my door, down the hallway and into the garden. I may be one of the few people ever achieving the seemingly impossible task of herding a snake, second only in difficulty to herding cats.

My next door neighbor, Isabelle, had the next close encounter of a reptilian kind. She was a Texas girl, not unfamiliar with snakes, but also not expecting to find them in Manhattan. She was in the big city to pursue a career as an interior designer. She was a big fan of Woody Allen and, when she learned he dropped into a local Jazz club in the Village to enjoy the music and join in the jam sessions, she semi-stalked him and sent him into a near panic one night by chasing him to his limo and trying to force him to accept a plate of brownies she had baked especially for him.

Isabelle had completely remodeled the apartment across the hall from me, replete with loft bed to add some more living space to the total 30 ft x 20 ft floor space we had in our studio apartments. She had, one evening, taken some chairs out to the garden to paint them in a color to match her decor, using the open air of the garden to allow the paint fumes to dissipate. She had left the door of the garden open, something we all did from time to time since the garden was completely walled on all sides and was not easily subject to intrusion by thieves and muggers. Stepping out from her apartment, on her way to retrieve her freshly painted chairs, she was confronted by a snake coiled up in the center of the hallway. Despite her former ranch life, she was understandably shocked and startled to find a snake hissing at her in this unlikely locale. The snake decided to go on the defensive and slid under the baseboard of the hallway where, despite Isabelle pounding on the baseboard with her shoe, it felt safe enough to wait out a time for a furtive escape.

Isabelle decided to report the intruder. Her first attempt was with the Manhattan Police Department. She called 911, and when asked what the emergency was, responded excitedly, "There's a snake in my apartment building!" The 911 Operator, suspecting the call was from one of the many insane denizens of NYC, a species as prevalent as the rats, came back with the reply, "Yeh, right, lady!," and hung up the phone with a quick click in order to handle the next lunatic with a real or imagined life-threatening situation. Isabelle went down the phone book list of every potential city agency that might be of assistance, only to find the same or similar reply from each of them. In a last ditch effort for someone to help her with the unwelcome snake visitation, she called Poison Control. To her surprise, this was the Manhattan agency officially charged with the duty of rounding up snakes. A Poison Control agent was dispatched to 7 Morton. He arrived with a rod with a plastic retractable loop on the end such as might be used to lasso a stray dog. With unimaginable apt, the agent coaxed the snake out from under the baseboard, captured it immediately with the noose, and walked away nonchalantly with barely a word to Isabelle, with the snake writhing from the end of the stick, as if snake capture was the most routine part of his job.

My next personal snake experience was even more dramatic. I came home early one sultry summer evening to find a huge semi-circle of people surrounding the front entrance of my apartment building. Standing in the middle of the semi-circle were two uniformed police officers, looking down at the ground. I assumed some criminal had been apprehended and the crowd had gathered to witness the take down, part of the usual entertainment, along with the tight-rope walkers, jugglers, magicians, and acrobats that could be found on most every street corner in Greenwich Village on a Friday night. Elbowing my way through the crowd, saying, "Excuse me, I live here. I want to get to my apartment," I finally arrived at the clearing in the middle of the semi-circled throng. There I saw a snake on the pavement, terrified, motionless, cornered by the crowd and the police officers. The police officers' guns were drawn and pointing at the snake. Apparently, they hadn't shot anything or anyone in the last 30 minutes and the snake was fair game for target practice.

Myself, being a peace-loving latter day Hippie and an altruistic type with a hero ideation complex and a Buddhist respect for all living things, upon realizing the plight of the helpless snake, I heard the words escape involuntarily from my mouth, "Don't shoot it! I'll capture it." A spontaneous, simultaneous audible gasp of surprise and awe went up from the gathered mass of curious bystanders.

It was only then that I realized what I had said and to what I had committed myself to doing. I had only once or twice in my life ever touched a snake -- a ring neck snake a classmate had captured on the way to school and the occasional living boa draped around the neck of a scantily clad Village character that enjoyed taking his constrictor for a walk through the streets. I was not sure if I was up to the task of grabbing a snake, but with so many people waiting expectantly for me to perform, there was no turning back. I inched slowly toward the snake, my right arm outstretched, my thumb and forefinger opened slightly to create the vise that would hopefully, luckily, snare the snake. Seeing my menacing approach, the snake made a sudden move to escape along the edge of the curb. In a lightning swift Zen-like thrust, I lurched forward and pinched the snake at an exact point at the base of its head, and secured it in my clutch.

A great shout of exalatation and applause went up from the crowd! I would have taken a few bows to show my appreciation, but the snake by this time had coiled its 3 foot length completely around my arm and I could feel its slightly slimy, rough scaled skin against my own. My public accolades mostly escaped my own notice. My trembling hands and thumping heart were sending enough adrenalin through my system to sustain my hold on the snake, but it so focused my awareness that only the sensation of snake-on-arm was within my conscious perception. These hormones overcame the more rational, squeamish neurons firing in my brain, which were silently shrieking, "Drop the snake!!"

The police officers dejectledly returned their guns to their holsters. I had clearly upstaged them in this improvised drama. One of them asked me, "Well, now what are you going to do with the snake?"

I fumbled for an answer, all my senses still focused on the alien thing wrapped around my arm. "I'll keep it in my apartment in an empty aquarium I have and return it to the pet store tomorrow," I said, recalling that I did indeed have an empty aquarium available that was the winter home for the goldfish from the pond.

The crowd dispersed, mummering their critiques of their recent street theater experience. I carried the snake, firmly encoiled at my wrist like a squirming bracelet, into my apartment building. I then encountered the first problem of dealing with the snake: how to get my apartment door keys out of my right pocket with my left hand so that I could retain my hold on the snake with my right hand. After some struggle, this was accomplished and the door was eventually opened with my left hand, which was totally unaccustomed to such assignments. I next had to deal with lifting the 30 gallon aquarium out of storage with one hand and turning it upside down on my apartment floor without breaking the glass. I didn't have any thing to place over the aquarium, so my thought was that the open end of the aquarium could rest on the floor and the snake would have its own glass house until the time "Exotic Aquatics" opened the next morning and I could return the snake to captivity. The one-armed aquarium flipping stunt achieved, the next ordeal was getting the snake off my arm to a spot in the middle of the floor under the aquarium while simultaneously dropping the aquarium over the snake before the snake could dart away.

I was not successful in this effort. When I released my hold on the snake, its own hormones gave it super-snake flight speed and it went zig-zagging wildly across the floor of my apartment. I then reenacted my tribal disco snake dance and leapt about my apartment, again with punctuated whoops, trying to cap the aquarium down over the snake, withouout breaking the glass nor crushing the snake in the process. The snake easily eluded me and found the hole in the floor at the spot where the steam pipe came up from the basement as its perfect escape hatch.

Although I was exhausted, emotionally, physically, and psychically, from the snake ordeal, I was not able to sleep much that night. I was, at that time, sleeping on a mattress on the floor of my apartment with no bed frame to give any distance between snake crawling space and bedding materials. I spent the entire night, one eye open, waiting to feel the snake return from the basement and seek revenge for its capture, irrespective of my saving it from a series of gunshot wounds to the head. Recalling a popular song from a few years earlier about a woman that took in an ailing snake and was then later bitten and killed by the same snake, I knew that these sometimes venomous creatures have a poor reputation for rewarding acts of kindness..

Fortunately, the snake chose to forgive and forget or experienced some other epiphany of insight that allowed it to leave me unmolested in my sleep. I suppose it soon found its way out into the welcoming sanctuary of the garden where it could share stories of its adventures with other ex-con snakes, gecko lizards, and the occasional hamster or chimp that broke free from "Exotic Aquatics."

And I also suppose the lesson from this is: If you plan a trip to Manhattan, be sure to pack your snake boots and a zip-up sleeping bag. In that city, you never know what might slither out under your feet or into your bed.

Jeremy

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sylvi74
East Bethel, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 26, 2005
8:07 PM

Post #1651663

Oh my goodness! What a story! My office mates want to know what I am laughing my head off about! Thanks for sharing it all!
kerry_in_ky
Dry Ridge, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 27, 2005
2:06 AM

Post #1652380

Jeremy,

You painted quite a picture. Thanks for the laughs. It almost makes me want to move to NY. Ok, not really... but almost.

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

July 27, 2005
7:33 AM

Post #1652779

You out-did yourself, Jeremy. Thank you...I thoroughly enjoyed. it.

Hap
Equilibrium

July 27, 2005
3:45 PM

Post #1653330

I loved reading what you wrote. It came alive for me because of your style. What a treat to find your snake stories here.
tgif
Starkville, MS

July 27, 2005
4:03 PM

Post #1653360

This is one I hope to some day do in woodburning to set up for viewing as guest arrive.

You are welcome here
Be at your ease
Get up when you're ready
Go to bed when you please
Happy to share with you
Such as we've got
The leaks in the roof
The soup in the pot
You don't have to to thank us
Or laugh at our jokes
Sit deep and come often
You're one of the folks


ooooppppssss wrong thread - but hope you enjoy anyway!

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cupoftea
Bellmore, NY
(Zone 7b)

July 27, 2005
5:19 PM

Post #1653484

Jeremy, I loved your story - you are quite a writer! It was wonderful and hilarious, right up until the part about the police officers.

I have several police officers among my family and friends, and I was offended by your portrayal of police officers as gun-happy trigger-fingered idiots as you seem to see them. These men and women are brave, dedicated people who put their lives on the line for you and me every day - I know of no finer human beings!

The rest of the story was terrific - too bad you had to ruin it with your unfortunate dim view of our fine public servants in uniform. It just wasn't funny anymore after that.

Sorry, all, didn't mean to disrupt this happy thread, but I was unable to let it pass.

Please let's get back on topic!
patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 27, 2005
5:27 PM

Post #1653501

Cupoftea, perhaps it would have been better to contact Jeremy with D-mail. I've found issues are better resolved than airing your feelings on line.
Pati
kerry_in_ky
Dry Ridge, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 27, 2005
5:30 PM

Post #1653511

cupoftea
I too have p.o. friends but was not at all offended and my guess is they wouldn't be either. Most officers I know are human beings and not above a little laughter even at their own expense. Time to lighten up a little?
Vizz8
Tacoma, WA
(Zone 8a)

July 27, 2005
5:51 PM

Post #1653573

Great story J.
you know your a gardener, aw geeesh I forgot, what is that shinning over there?
cupoftea
Bellmore, NY
(Zone 7b)

July 27, 2005
6:14 PM

Post #1653636

Pati and Kerry, I apologize, you are right. I live right near NYC, still hurting from 9/11 and the loss of so many good people...

Jeremy, you are a very talented writer. I apologize, I REALLY do.

well..

You know you're a gardener when you are feeling blue and the very first thing you need to cheer yourself up is walk through your gardens. I think I'll go there now...

Karen
tgif
Starkville, MS

July 27, 2005
6:19 PM

Post #1653644

Karen - kiss a flower for me while you're there. Many share your pain and love ya.
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 27, 2005
6:22 PM

Post #1653650

Sorry Cupoftea, and any others that may have taken offense at a perception of the police officers being trigger happy in my story. I certainly mean no disrepect to law enforcement officers. We all know and appreciate all that the NYC Police did after 9/11 and on a daily basis to make the city safe. My comment was intended not so much to defame the police, but to point out (albeit a stretch of the truth) the amount of crime that occurs in NYC at least every 30 minutes and how often the police might potentially need to use their weapons, but I can understand how you might see it the other way around. It is a statement of fact that their guns were drawn and they had a bead on the snake when I entered the scene.

Not to pull at your heart strings, but... my oldest brother that I much admired (more like a father to me than a brother because he was about 22 when I was about 6 yrs old), was a career cop, first in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, and then Chief of Police in Milton, WV. He was killed in the line of duty attempting to serve a warrant in about 1970. Somehow I think my brother Ray would have gotten a chuckle out of the cop story, but that I can't know for sure.

Maybe we should start a new thread for snake stories and let this thread return back to its original format, which I have greatly enjoyed?

Jeremy
cupoftea
Bellmore, NY
(Zone 7b)

July 27, 2005
6:41 PM

Post #1653700

oh boy...

just came in from my 'attitude adjustment' in my garden and read your reply, Jeremy.

Think I'll go back out and crawl under my elephant ears...

patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 27, 2005
7:47 PM

Post #1653892

'Nuff said cupoftea...I think we all need a group hug!
(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((hug))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
Pati
butterqueen
Kernersville, NC
(Zone 7a)

July 27, 2005
7:50 PM

Post #1653902

Jeremy, this is so strange. My dad knew your brother and used to talk about him. What happened to your brother was Daddy's stock reason for why he thought the world was going to &^%$. I'm really sorry about your brother, it must have been very painful for your family.
Rachel
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 27, 2005
11:54 PM

Post #1654435

Jeremy,
I loved it, every minute of it! You are a great writer; you make it come alive for me! My uncle, Warren Abbey was a motorcycle cop in Jax. I remember when we went down there for his funeral, about 1970... Procession was sooo long, cop at every intersection blocking traffic. They were fantastic. I felt they honored their own so well.

Know you're a gardener, when you go to the dr and don't mention that you need to dig up some fruit trees, so he can't tell you not to do it, like he already told you no more watering from the rain barrel, since you already threw your back out... I'll have the girls help me... (Hopefully!) ~ Suzi ♥
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 28, 2005
4:13 AM

Post #1655025

Maybe I'm getting psychic in my old age, Rachel, but as I was typing my reply the thought occurred to me that someone reading these posts would have known my brother, Ray, or his story. We were originally from WV, back in the hills, but moved to Barboursville, just down the road from Milton. Ray and my second oldest brother married 2 sisters from Milton. That is the main reason why he eventually returned to Milton. He was a great hero for me and for a lot of other people. I'm glad your dad had the pleasure of knowing and remembering him.

And no need to recluse yourself, cupoftea. Your comment made me realize how powerful words can be and how the same words can have very different meanings for different ears. I've given much thought to your response and appreciate the honesty. It will serve as guidance in the future.

And I certainly have spent my time hiding amongst the Colocasias. and so, lets get back to plants... I've thought about hosting a "Biggest Ears" contest on DG (under a separate thread) to see who can provide a photo of the largest Elephant Ears (Colocasia esculenta). My C. esculenta this year have really outdone themselves -- about 9 ft tall with a stalk about 12 inches in circumference and leaves about 4 ft from tip to tip. Can anybody beat that?! If so, you win a free T-shirt with an image of elephant ears I painted a few years back that was the featured painting for a local art auction/fund raiser!

(I just spilled my glass of ice tea on the floor while typing this message. Fortunately, there was a stack of seed catalogs about 1 ft high accumulated from about 3 years back to sop up the spilled tea.)

You know you are a gardener when --- you save every seed catalog that comes in the mail and tell yourself you will get around to looking at them someday, but you never do because you are too busy gardening!

Jeremy
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 29, 2005
6:55 PM

Post #1658633

Ok, back on subject (since I was sorta the one that started the thread hi jack... sorry)

You know your a gardener when...
You are carrying 2 hanging baskets across the yard to the other side of the yard, slip stepping up over the curb, fall into the concrete steps going to your front door, spill one hanging basket (holding the ONLY Gray Lady morning glory seedling that germinated) your fist thought is, boy I hope no one saw that, your second thought a split second behind that is OMG my gray lady.. and start to uncover it, and the next thought a split second after the second is OMG that hurts!!!!! I ended up the the ER, getting X Rays of my left arm and ankle. Nothing is broken (although I really thought my arm was) but I"m turning very pretty colors, and had to have a tetanus shot. OUCH

Although I guess if I was relly a true gardener, my first thought would have been for the plant and the second if anyone had seen me LOL

The MG is repotted and still alive, keep your fingers crossed for him :)

Janis

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

July 29, 2005
7:14 PM

Post #1658676

You know...

When you buy a Must Have and Last One, hanging plant at the grocery store and you have to bring it home on the handle bars of your motorcycle...LOL
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 29, 2005
8:06 PM

Post #1658761

ROFL I'd like to see that :)

Janis

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

July 29, 2005
9:14 PM

Post #1658855

I'm lucky that there were no police around...it was stupid to do, I must admit, and very dangerous. If one of my boys, they also had liciences, ever did that I would have grounded them. Oh, just a wayward mother...

Hap
wabi
saugatuck, MI
(Zone 6a)

July 29, 2005
11:16 PM

Post #1659017

woofer---

i'm glad you're allright, sounds like a pretty nasty fall.

*pat pat hug hug*...now, about that grey lady morning glory...


LOL sorry...can you tell me about it and maybe i will try em?

any pics?
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 30, 2005
3:57 AM

Post #1659716

Hey, Woofens. Sorry about your fall! I am sending positive thoughts of healing for both you and your morning glory! I've been known to perform miracles of healing with plants (or so I thought), but I've not quite mastered the same curative touch for humans. Somehow I don't think my special brew of compost tea and copper sulfate would help your injuries. lol

Jeremy
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 30, 2005
4:56 AM

Post #1659808

LOL Jeremy... I appreciate it :) I'll pass on the compost tea, tho... I may send you the MG... poor thing. It is still alive, but it was scraggly before, so hopefully it will make it.

Wabi, I have only seen pics of the Gray Lady, but QueenB on the morning glory 7 thread over on Vines and Climbers has a pic of one http://davesgarden.com/forums/fp.php?pid=1651881

I bought 10 seeds this spring on eBay and the one I spilled is the only 1 of the 10 that even germinated. I'm a morning glory addict, so I look for stuff that isn't common :)

Thanks for the well wishes all... Jeff took me to dinner and to see "The Devil's Rejects" tonight... we had a good time.

Happy, my opinion of you as a grandmotherly type with white hair and an apron just went WAY out the window LOL (no offense please!!!) Now I see you in your gardening gloves and a do-rag LOLOL


Ok, I"m getting goofy... I'm going to bed
Nite all,
Janis
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 30, 2005
9:50 AM

Post #1659934

You know you are a gardener when you Google the area of your vacation for
botanical gardens and nurseries.
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 30, 2005
11:42 AM

Post #1659982

Happy,
I didn't picture you on a motorcycle either... our preconceived ideas get in the way. Not like with plants, you can look in the plant files or google them to see them instantly. I always had lots of bungee cords to hook my stuff on... ~ Suzi ♥

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

July 30, 2005
2:27 PM

Post #1660159

Janis,

Yep, that's me with the do-rag...I really wear one...it's something I just kept from being a chef...always had one on in the "Kitchen". Don't wear gloves...I'm too tough.. hehe Not true, just like to feel God's earth between my fingers...it's theraputic.


Briar...yep, rode well over 100,000 miles in my time. Had my own and went everywhere in town. For traveling I was with my ex. We toured all over the NE and into Canada, even had a trailer.

I was a sight. I had blond hair in a braid down my back to my knees, a fringed deerskin jacket, (cowboy style) cowboy boots, leather pants, a helmut I painted to look like a floresent Foo dog AND I SMOKED CIGARS... This whole package was 106 lbs and 5' tall. I answered to, The Big Mamu"...AHHHHHHHHHHh those were the days. I was the favorite mom on the block for I was the only one that could take the teenage boys for the MC licence exams. They also liked my bike because it was small and it was easier for them to pass the road test.

Thanks for bring back some great memories..

Hap

I theatened my daughter a couple of months ago about getting another bike...(I was half serious) and she threatened to have me committed.

PS. How would you bungie a plant?

Hap
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 30, 2005
3:22 PM

Post #1660245

Hap, please be very careful. I just heard this morning a pastor friend of mine was killed on his motorcycle,yesterday. He was a contradiction of sorts too. Turned his life over to the Lord, he was about 60. Don't take big chances!
Sorry to spoil the mood.

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

July 30, 2005
3:58 PM

Post #1660302

Oh, I gave up the bike when I moved to FL, 20 years ago. Now the only time I ride is when I hitch one from my son. He says he keeps it under 100, and I believe him...LOL (How can I complain, he's just like me!!!)

Hap
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 30, 2005
4:45 PM

Post #1660371

Hap,
I wear a do -rag 90% of the time too... my first memory is sitting on the gas tank of my "Dad's" bike (he adopted me when I was 3, but we didn't have a good relationship when I was growing up or as an adult, hard still to call him dad) back to the memory... he and my mom both worked at the time, and I was left with a babysitter ... mom and dad would come get me on the bike, I was3... dad drove, mom rode behind him and I sat on the gas tank. A back injury in 95 has kept me off them for the most part since. In the past 5 years I've been able to ride a little and can ride 4 wheelers, so I could probably handle a bike again, but the last time I rode, I had to be lifted off the bike in tears... I don't want that to happen again :)

Janis
wabi
saugatuck, MI
(Zone 6a)

July 30, 2005
7:28 PM

Post #1660632

oooooooooooo ! biker chicks thread!

uh, me too. had a triumph bonneville bored to 650cc with a fast clutch, then a harley sportster, old one at 800cc. both kick starts. me at 16, 5'9",110 pounds, hair to my knees. a wonder i didn't blow off the thangs LOL.

but that was when i was young and immortal.

*singing "aaah don't want a pickle, i just wanna ride my moooooootersickle" by arlo guthrie*

you guys rock. i am beside myself with happiness to have found a place with garden maniacs AND women like this! thanks for posting...you made my day!

Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 30, 2005
7:35 PM

Post #1660643

Glad to meet ya wabi :)

Never had a bike of my own, was content to ride but I love em. My littlest is 3, he has a motorized 3 wheeled Harley... made by little tykes i think.. he is outgrowing it, but I saw an Indian for kids up to 55 pounds the other day.. like 80 bucks, motorized... forward and reverse...trike also... I know what he is gettin for christmas :)

Janis

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

July 30, 2005
11:40 PM

Post #1661029

No kidding, I was going to suggest a biker-chick threat, for I know of another that posts here, but I reconsidered thinking that I may have my plug pulled by Dave...

Hap
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 30, 2005
11:46 PM

Post #1661037

I rode as a teenager, a friend's Dad, had a dealership for bikes. That was just too cool. Now I stick with the ATVs.

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

July 31, 2005
12:22 AM

Post #1661080

Threat,,,did I say threat?????? boy what a freudian slip that was...

I MEANT THREAD...
jestelleoan
Tyler, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 31, 2005
2:00 AM

Post #1661236

momof2d, Jeremy and all the rest . This has been wonderful , funny and delightful. I hope it goes on. so many of them sounded to much like rear life and that is what has
made them so funny.

You know you are when in Jan. you are planting bulbs in the rain and cold because the garden club has put your yard on tour in May and the spring bulbs will be gone but
someone might come by to see your yard early.
Joan
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 31, 2005
2:51 AM

Post #1661367

Hap - I'd have found a way! Bought 4 full bags of groceries and a large bag of taters at HEB in TX once, forgot I was on the bike... LOL Thank goodness for bungees!

I only had a Hondamatic 400, so in a way, I guess you'd think I was cheating LOL. Decided other day, I'm not getting any more standard vehicles after this one croaks too. And, IF I ever get another bike, I think maybe it will have to be a trike. With my knee (mostly past) and back probs (both past and present) I cannot safely handle a bike any more.

Have driven cars/trucks over half million miles, both here and overseas. But, not too many on the bike. Lived in TX; drove it around TX mostly; took it to Ohio and back once. Sold it to finance my trip to Korea after then spouse got trf there in 82. Kept the license, but never bought another.

As for memories... a few come to mind: my accident on Good Friday 2001 (only 1 stitch, but w/ helmet I would have been dead!); his "hit and run" when someone hit him 3 days later, the day after Easter (2 stitches and scared the heck out of me); having to FedEx a valve from Warehouse #6 in NJ to me in OH, only place they could get it for my bike; and the trip to Ohio that was supposed to "save" money. Ended up costing 5 nights in hotels, a slip on oil with my forearm landing on his muffler, lots of pain, etc... Hmmm Thought these were supposed to be happy memories! Well, I survived it... lol, and survived him too... LOL ~ Suzi ♥
garityann
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 1, 2005
4:14 AM

Post #1663363

You know you are a gardener when...

Before you throw things away you ask "could I use this for something in the gardening arena?" as DH looks on with a scared look in his eye. I am after all the same wife of his who saves 2 liter soda bottles to cut down into pots (the drainage holes I poke in with a woodburning tool...my husband shudders) I drink a lot of diet coke (about a 2 liter every 2 days) so I've made many pots for the ever growing number of plants I start and have waiting.

Throw Away #2
My youngest is out of diapers (as of June!!!!!!! YEA!!!!!!) and we have a baby wipes warmer (my son was always getting horrible diaper rash so having the wipes warm helped in the comfort area, it wasn't just a needless luxury) whose lid hinges are busted. I'm sure someone else would toss it for sure and just buy a new one for the next baby to join the family. Rather than toss it I had a brain storm. Hmmmmm, the wipes were always just nicely warm, not hot, hmmmmm, I bet I could use this as a nice little seed germinator since I am trying to start just a few perennial seeds at a time rather than a whole greenhouse full.

As a wipes warmer it was always plugged in and never overheated even though it was on 24/7. Filled it 1/2 full with peat moss, moistened it up and popped in some seeds. Plugged it in on my kitchen counter top so I could always keep an eye on it and it works like a charm! Even better I found a little rectangle plastic container that fits in perfect so I could pull this in and out to water and allow the water to drainout.

Edited to add:
The busted hinges on the lid just make it so I have to lay the top on rather than have it lift up...the lid has to be used though to keep things warm and humid.



This message was edited Aug 1, 2005 12:22 AM

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

August 1, 2005
11:54 AM

Post #1663658

Gartiy...

You make us girls proud!!!!!

Hap
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 1, 2005
2:14 PM

Post #1663905

Hey, Garity. How much does a baby wipes warmer cost? I noticed in another thread that people mentioned seed tray warmers cost $25 - $30. If a baby wipes warmer is cheaper than that, you may have found a cheap alternative to post in the "Dirt Cheap" forum (another of my favorite forums!)

Jeremy
kerry_in_ky
Dry Ridge, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 1, 2005
2:29 PM

Post #1663941

You know you are a gardener when... seeing that the city is trimming back the Bradford Pear trees on your street and shredding them as they go... you make 3 different trips out to the road looking for the supervisor to beg for the chippings. I still am not sure if I am getting a load but I am keeping my fingers crossed. It was a good sign when the supervisor walked with me to see where they could dump it. (right off the road, plenty of room to turn around...why wouldn't they dump it there right?)
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 1, 2005
2:50 PM

Post #1664000

Hey, Kerry. I did the same thing when my neighbor hired a tree company to remove about 30 oaks from their property (at a major expense, I'm certain!!). The tree company was shredding them at the curb side in one of their huge shredding machines. They were very happy to drive only about 20 ft to dump the mulch instead of having to drive about 30 miles to pay to dump it at our city compost facility. My resulting problem was the only place I had for the dump truck to unload was in my driveway. It took me about 2 months to find time to move the huge hill of mulch before I could get our vehicles off the road at curbside and back into safer parking in the driveway!

By the way, some folks caution that care should be taken in using mulch from chopped up trees. The trees might be diseased (and that is the reason they are being cut down) and the mulch may carry the disease to your trees. In the case of my truck load of mulch, the neighbors were over reacting (I think) to a situation where on of their trees dropped a limb on a neighbor's garage and they had to pay an insurance settlement. All the trees that came down were healthy, just part of the slaughter from fear of what damage the other trees might do to raise insurance rates. I bemoaned the loss of the life of the trees, but was happy for all the additional sunlight it let into my yard.
kerry_in_ky
Dry Ridge, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 1, 2005
3:25 PM

Post #1664101

Jax - I did think of the disease aspect. These are pear trees that have been overgrown and needed cutting back for some time. Just about every time a large, overloaded truck would come through town a branch would get knocked off and traffic would be diverted till someone with a chainsaw stopped and dealt with it. I don't have any fruit trees and what I do have is in containers and won't be getting the mulch so I felt safe.

BTW - I did get the mulch. wooo hoo. It looks to be about half of a dump truck load and very finely chopped. http://www.kerrysgarden.us/?p=107
garityann
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 1, 2005
4:57 PM

Post #1664318

A baby wipes warmer will cost between $14-30 but only warm a very small size (about 5x8in). A good buy for a garage sale find though! If you buy a tray warmer it is much more cost efficient because of the larger size of course and the tray/pots can overlap the sides vs this which has to have the stuff fit inside of its cavity.

You know you are a gardener when...You get excited to hear that your friends are moving (even though you will miss them) because just maybe they will let you dig up some of their plants before they will sell their home. ("Oh Becky, I'm so sad you are moving...Could I have your Peony 'Kansas' to add to my garden as a memento?")

-gert
margaran
(Maggie) Jacksonvill, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2005
12:37 AM

Post #1705244

You know you're a gardener when...

Despite being exhausted and sore and near blind from planting by floodlight, you still have to pull the Can-O-Worms out of the foo-foo garden tub and scrub the tub to be able to soak your tired bones .

After a haircut you ask your stylist for not only your own hair for the compost pile but for anyone else's they can spare.

You're late for a pedicure (from the garden of course) but freshly showered and the woman blanches at the site of your feet as you pull them out of your flip-flops. Dirt stuck to the underside of the straps leaves strips that she feels compelled to clean off with alcohol- as the water in the tub darkens. Amazing how much dirt those things will hold!

Maggie
peachbongi
Loganville, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 20, 2005
1:27 AM

Post #1705329

When...

You tell your DH (who is a police officer) that you are going out to dig daylilies growing wild in the city limits...and if your not back in 15 to come bail you out of jail.

Note: No real arrest at this time. :-)



This message was edited Aug 20, 2005 9:11 AM
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 20, 2005
11:13 AM

Post #1705852

Maggie, I am a flip flop gardener too. I have the tan lines to prove it. LOL
I wouldn't dare take my feet for a pedicure!

margaran
(Maggie) Jacksonvill, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2005
2:06 PM

Post #1706143

I'm too hot to wear closed toed show to work if I can avoid it. I bite my nails so my pedicure makes up for it.

Maggie


Turtle_35206
Cordele, GA

August 20, 2005
2:49 PM

Post #1706235

You know you're a gardener when

After leaving for work at a dark 6 30 in the morning and coming home at equally dark 5:30 in the evening, you go out with a flash light to look at the pansies that are in bloom before you feed you spouse and children supper. I remain uncontrite about it.

Beth
jestelleoan
Tyler, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 20, 2005
5:02 PM

Post #1706514

You know you are a gardener when you have 16 women coming for BUNCO and it is 100 degrees outside and you are out there pulling weeds so the garden will look good and you should be cleaning the house.
Joan
kerry_in_ky
Dry Ridge, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 20, 2005
5:41 PM

Post #1706570

Beth,
You are gone from 6:30 - 5:30 and you are doing the cooking? Sounds like they should be giving you much needed gardening time and taking care of you when you get home.

BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

August 20, 2005
6:02 PM

Post #1706601

I second that!!
Equilibrium

August 20, 2005
6:20 PM

Post #1706636

You know you are a gardener when you look down at your feet and see little upside down Vs that are white where your sandals were. You look up a little higher and you see where the end of you boots were from spring and being outside in shorts and boots. Then you look at your hands and realize they are tan to the wrist where your regular gardening gloves leave off and then there is another tan line from where your rose pruning gloves left off. This does not include assorted tan lines from sleeveless and short sleaved shirts or the tan lines from weeding in your bathing suit as well as assorted shorts lengths. My husband took a look at me and asked me if maybe I shouldn't get some of that bottled tan stuff to blend in all the different tan lines. Silly him... I tried that one year and ended up orange like an oompa loompa from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 20, 2005
6:31 PM

Post #1706657

ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!
Pati
Equilibrium

August 20, 2005
7:11 PM

Post #1706739

Ha ha ha! Patti! You must have tried some of that bottled tan stuff too! Come on, admit it! You had to go to work orange too now didn't ya!
patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 20, 2005
7:42 PM

Post #1706794

Only my legs...I looked like some giant bird species! You only have to put up with the stripes in the summer. Here it's a year round problem. LOL
Pati
stownes
Mansfield, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 20, 2005
11:02 PM

Post #1707148

You know you're a gardener when ... you could easily pot up a small plant from the dirt in the tub after a shower. DH actually asked me if I had always been a "mud puddle" and we've been married 30 years. He has suggested that perhaps I should use the hose and wash off some outside - I DID!!!
momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

August 21, 2005
10:51 PM

Post #1709532

Stownes...I know what ya mean, I often tell DH I should buy and wear fishing waders! LOL!

This message was edited Aug 21, 2005 9:18 PM
Equilibrium

August 22, 2005
1:25 AM

Post #1709881

You know you are a gardener when 20 bags of dyed mulch are delivered and spread around and you realize there is only one thing to do... get the shop vac and suck it all up lest the chemicals in it leach out and damage your little pretties. The neighbors already think I've lost it so no biggie. I can't wait for school to start to get reports from my kids as to what the parents of their friends thought of me shop vaccing a huge planting bed for most of the day. The mulch was just put down yesterday. Easy come, easy go but it did look really nice and crisp for about 24 hours.
barksy
Brisbane
Australia
(Zone 10a)

August 27, 2005
4:38 AM

Post #1722668

You know your a gardener when...

Your husband reports a two inch thick brown snake in the brush pile and suggests disposing of the pile. And you say, no, I really wanted to chip that pile for mulch, I bet if we google the snake we'll find its not venomous.

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

August 27, 2005
12:01 PM

Post #1722909

You KNOW you are a crazy gardener when...

The hurricane that they said was not going to be bad, turns ugly about 8pm, so in the dark you start pulling the hurricane shutters close...BUT you can't do some shutters because you might BRAKE OFF SOME COLEUS IN TRYING... so those were left open.!!!! LOL

Sick but true.

Hap
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 27, 2005
12:43 PM

Post #1722955

Happy_1, I hope everything went OK for you. I saw that on the news! You guys need a break!

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

August 27, 2005
1:24 PM

Post #1723005

I'm fine, a couple of crinkled leaves and that's about it...very blessed.
Hap
patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 27, 2005
3:22 PM

Post #1723163

LOL Hap! I'm sure a lot of people don't understand the Coleus passion unless they've read the Forum! I was holding my breath until you reported. Apparently the record breaker came through undamaged! Hooray!
Paty

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

August 27, 2005
3:52 PM

Post #1723212

YUP,,,happy as clams..

Just talked to MollyMc and she is still without power but all OK...
wabi
saugatuck, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 27, 2005
5:40 PM

Post #1723375

glad you (and that coleus) are ok hap.

florida needs a new hobby--toooo much this year.

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

August 27, 2005
5:44 PM

Post #1723383

I sure agree with that!!!!!
momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

August 28, 2005
10:01 AM

Post #1724769

Oh my happy1 -- glad your'e ok!

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

August 28, 2005
11:39 AM

Post #1724841

Good Morning..

Thanks guys...beautiful morning here. Heart aches for the gulf coast. Katrina did terrible things during the night. It's terrible that it has so far to go and so much time to make it a cat 5. Dear oh dear oh dear...prayers and prayers and prayers...

Hap
wabi
saugatuck, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 28, 2005
7:34 PM

Post #1725659

hap--

i am watching on the NOAA site. i have a cuz just north of alexandria and a friend's daughter right in new orleans. this looks to be a nasty one.

crossing fingers, eyes, toes.

hope they're all buckled up and make it through ok.

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

August 28, 2005
7:55 PM

Post #1725715

Me too...Check the Weather Forum...there is a link for Katrina...you will find it interesting..

Hap
Equilibrium

August 28, 2005
7:59 PM

Post #1725720

I was outside pretty much all morning weeding. I don't watch tv but when I came in the tv was on and I got a look at the size of Katrina and I must admit that sent shivers down my spine. I seriously don't think I could live in any area that was prone to hurricanes particularly if it was below sea level. We have enough issues with tornadoes but we never experience the loss of life associated with hurricanes. My heart goes out to all of you who have had to evacute your homes.
wabi
saugatuck, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 30, 2005
4:10 AM

Post #1728846

ty hap. i just now got back here and saw your post. been pretty distracted with katrina. finally had email from cuz--she's allright *whew*.

hugs hun, wabi
zhinu
(Laura) Olympia, WA
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2005
6:55 AM

Post #1728966

Hello all, pretty much spent all day reading this thread. I'm a new, or maybe relapsed, gardener. I've lived in a cave like apartment for three years with my houseplants slowly dying or just not doing anything. I went to UK this January for 45 days and to try to make care of the house as easy as possible (two cats, and a dozen plants) I put all of the plants on the porch, with instructions to bring them in if it snowed, and to water them. We had weeks of snow in the UK, but record "hot" and dry weather here, my plants were sprouting new leaves when I got back in March. Which they haven't done since I moved here. Then I collected a few more plants, got a table, planted some of onions I got from the farmers market. I realized I could have a container garden on my porch (6 ft x 15 ft, well wind shielded, SS to FS) so I've been planning my garden for the last couple weeks. Looking for plant information is how I found this site. I've loved all of the stories and jokes made at ones own expense. So, here are a few of my own.

You know you're planning a garden when...

At school: Someone asks if you lost your keys because you've been walking around the planters looking at plants for the last half-an-hour (benefit of the college planters is that many of the plants have signs with common name and scientific name. They are also set up in themes like bug resistant, low water use, native plants, reclaiming ivy ground, etc...)

On the bus: You watch for signs for new construction site so you can morally dig up whole plants.

You have a fiction book that you've been reading for two weeks, but you've finished three books on gardening in the same time period.

You have set-up an excel file with common name, Latin name, picture, max height, light, soil, water, propagation, and notes information on all the plants you are interested in (I currently have 71, and had to create a twin of the file without pictures so I could sort by different categories)

You start ordering books from interlibrary loan, because your library doesn't have the books you need.

Without money: You start pulling things out of your closet that you knew you'd find a use for because they'd be perfect to put plants on. (cast iron bases for glass bowls I broke and milk crates)

Without money: You remember that you kept seeing discarded containers somewhere, remember where and bring them home.

Without money: You start asking friends, family and co-workers if they have any plants they'd be interested in getting rid of.

You start looking at recipes with an eye for what could be grown in your garden.

That's probably enough for now, I'm sure I'll come up with more later. :0)


This message was edited Aug 30, 2005 12:27 AM
zhinu
(Laura) Olympia, WA
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2005
6:59 AM

Post #1728967

Also, I've gotten the jist, but could someone spell out the verious D abbrivations for me, I can't figure out what the actual words are and it's not one I've run across.
momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

August 30, 2005
10:30 AM

Post #1729030

Well hello Zhinu! Welcome to Daves Garden! Oy yeah, you've got the bug alright! The DG bug (Daves Garden) and the 'you know your'e a gardener when' bug!

I found this site the same way you did, and I'm a daily visitor, I dont always post daily but I'm here daily --- usually before work and again before going to sleep at night, if we were allowed to visit sites at work I'd be coming here during work hours too!

I've been a member since November of 2004 and there is so much to learn from this site, any time you have a question most gardeners are happy to help.

Have you checked out the 'extras' tab off off the main home tab? There are recipes there as well as other things.

The 'D' abbreviations... I use 'DH' alot for 'dear hubby' , DS/DD ...son and daughter. I think there is a list on-line somewhere I'll see if I can find it for you.

You know your'e a gardener when...there is a TV show on that you really want to watch but you see some of your plants saying...help me,help me! So instead of flopping your rear down on the couch you run around and care for the plants!

By the way, I can totally understand the 'with out money' thing, DH is disabled so we do without many things, I have alot of plant wants,wants,wants...but I dont always get,get,get! LOL! So Daves Garden is the perfect place to trade seeds,plants,ect. I've sent and recieved seeds and I even sent some dug up horseradish to a member, it made it fine.

Enjoy DG! I gotta get ready for work! I refuse to let DG keep me from a shower! My co-workers will thank me! LOL! Jill




This message was edited Aug 30, 2005 5:43 AM
zhinu
(Laura) Olympia, WA
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2005
11:39 AM

Post #1729072

momof2d - Thank you, I haven't looked at much besides the forums and PlantFiles, I'll get around to it eventually.

I work at the Periodical help desk at Evergreen College (where I'm a student). The only rules we have, are do your work first, more or less stay at the desk, and stay awake (harder than anyone who has not had a job like this will believe). It's slow at nights, generally, and it's slow during the summer, and right now I'm working summer nights, so it can be very slow. I read most of the thread at work today.

I've actually already gotten a lot of help on the forums. Everyone has been really nice.

I also found the DH thread after I posted my earlier message here, it's located here http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/538154/ if anyone else were to ask.

Also, I posted pictures of my "garden" as it currently stands, here if anyone wants to take a look http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/541281/
wabi
saugatuck, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 30, 2005
4:16 PM

Post #1729549

LOL and welcome zhinu!

you'll love it here, great folks and lotsa help for ya!

you might also like to check out the 'dirt cheap' thread...we are ALL cheap LOLOLOL. i'm disabled now and live on about $500 a month, much like being a student again LOL. i went this past spring up the creek and 'liberated' about 100 ferns for my pondside project...flipflops, 5 gallon bucket, and a shovel.

quite a few folks from washington state too.

glad you're here, dear!
momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

August 31, 2005
10:50 AM

Post #1731164

Zhinu, I love your sense of humor! I'm sure your 'cave' and porch will look like a jungle soon! Jill
zhinu
(Laura) Olympia, WA
(Zone 8a)

September 1, 2005
12:02 AM

Post #1732428

I am looking at trying to introduce shade loving plants into the house. I also will have an extra room in October (my older brother/room mate graduated and is moving to Seattle to do his Masters) so I'll have a room with a window that I can leave the curtains open.

My porch is coming along, I added a neglected Ficus and rubber plant yesterday. There are pictures of them on my container garden thread (link above) I've also collected three plants for my mother. She went back to school at the local Community College about three years ago and took all the low level horticulture classes (plant care, propagation, landscaping etc.) and art classes. If she wanted to take a math class she could get her AA. I'm trying to convince her to go for her B.A. at Evergreen (where I go). Evergreen has several horticulture professors, an organic farm, a lot of interest in native plant landscaping and sustainable farming, and natural medicine. So she get all the problem plants I rescue.

I'm going to start collecting native seeds next week. I also hope to get my repotting done in the next couple weeks. I have some plants that were intended as indoor only plants, and therefore planted in no drainage pots (which I never liked, but could deal with, when they were indoor only plants) though some of them will come inside as fall comes on, due to not being hardy in our winters, the rainy season should hit before that and I don't want them to rot. I have a month off to work on this stuff starting Thursday and I am so looking forward to it. I also hope to make hand thrown pots while I'm off (my grandmother has a wheel and kiln).

and back to the topic...You know your a gardener when...
you get off the bus three stops early because you just have to know what that plant is.

you carry water up stairs from the bathroom in a gallon jug, because the water is turned off on your level and you know no one is watering the plants, even though you don't know who the plants belong to. (I’ve already rescued the ones that I knew who they belonged to, that where I got the Ficus and Rubber plant.)
patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 1, 2005
4:35 PM

Post #1733739

"even though you don't know who the plants belong to"

I love it!!! LOL
Pati
ecobioangie
Mableton, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 1, 2005
5:28 PM

Post #1733860

when...you water a plant in a vacated office in your company's headquarter's building in Miami when you are there for training because it is dying. (I'm sure my generosity helped it die a week later than it would have without me. lol)
scooterbug
Tellico Plains, TN
(Zone 7b)

September 1, 2005
5:30 PM

Post #1733866

I pulled weeds from the PO's poor little flower bed last week
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 1, 2005
7:10 PM

Post #1734006

he he, I've been scoping out my PO's bed, too. It just takes a little climbing to get into it.
debi_z
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

September 1, 2005
9:19 PM

Post #1734194

i did some weeding at a rest stop on a highway in connecticut about a month ago. :-)
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 1, 2005
10:48 PM

Post #1734327

When you are on a new job, in a new city, & you study the topographic maps for the area, to decide which area to look for room to grow things, while you are still living in a motel.
zhinu
(Laura) Olympia, WA
(Zone 8a)

September 2, 2005
12:30 AM

Post #1734499

Please take a look at my thread Organizations trying to help in the aftermath of Katrina http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/541779/ Help if you can, pass the information on to anyone else who may help, Thank you. I'm trying to make sure as many people as possible see this, so I'm posting the link to the threads I'm watching. Sorry if you get to see it several time.

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

September 2, 2005
12:46 AM

Post #1734527

zhinu...

There is no a Hurricane Katrina FORUM...go there and post...

Hap

And thanks from all those you can not say thanks...
zhinu
(Laura) Olympia, WA
(Zone 8a)

September 2, 2005
1:03 AM

Post #1734570

But not everyone know that, the thread is in the Katrina forum
wabi
saugatuck, MI
(Zone 6a)

September 5, 2005
3:11 AM

Post #1740193

apology in advance for this post.

you know you're a gardener when...

you make yourself take a break from all the katrina work online and walk out to your plot in the community garden...because you know it will rest and lift you just to be among the plants and smell the soil...

and there you sit, with the last of the peppers in your lap...holding your head in both hands, weeping. for all the DGers (who you hardly know yet) who have no garden. who have no home. who have lost family or friends or both. whose pets are gone. who will be so busy just surviving for gawd knows how long now that won't even be able to plan a garden over winter or spare the labor and money to garden come spring...

and here you sit, like a fool, weeping and 'sending' them all your garden...wishing to wrap them in the smell and the green and keep them safe and in hope of another garden of their own... soon soon soon.

oh let them all have the comfort of a garden again. and until then, sharing mine, in *spirit*.
zhinu
(Laura) Olympia, WA
(Zone 8a)

September 5, 2005
10:10 AM

Post #1740472

We all need someway to unload all of the grief that we have at this time. All of us who can only sympathize and try to help, and those that are there now. May everyone find a "garden" of their own in this time of grief and recovery.
zhinu
(Laura) Olympia, WA
(Zone 8a)

September 5, 2005
10:29 AM

Post #1740476

So, I forced myself to go to Bumpershoot (Seattle's music and art festival), the first time I've been, because I've been depressed this week, no one I directly know was hit by Katrina, but I'm bi-polar, was going into a depressive phase to begin with and Katrina hasn't helped. Sometimes just doing something helps.

So, you know you're a gardener when you go to Bumpershoot and...

come back with pictures of plants you want identified.

regret that you don't have something to collect seeds in, because no one would miss a couple berries or seed heads, and they have several plants you want.

I really liked the gardens there, most of the plants under 10 feet I like, many of them I want for my garden. The seeds I would have grabbed were the ones for the plants I wanted identified (can see here http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/542565/ ), inkberry, and orange honeysuckle (both at the right time to harvest, they are native here, but I haven't found a wild source). They also had mondo grass, iris (I'm assuming the native ones, but I'm not sure which one), and wild strawberries that I couldn't harvest but want. Then there was a couple of roses, and some nice shrubs that I didn't know what were, but weren't right for my garden. I know there were other things, but that's what I can remember. The only issue I had with their garden, was that is had bark mulch, which I hate, but I think they might be working on growing the strawberries and other ground cover to the point it will cover the bare ground, but just isn't there yet.

I also took a couple pictures of the Spaceneedle which can be seen here http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/542566/


patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 6, 2005
1:03 PM

Post #1743054

"wishing to wrap them in the smell and the green and keep them safe and in hope of another garden of their own... soon soon soon."

((((((Wabi))))))

Pati


maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 6, 2005
6:15 PM

Post #1743558

I love it! Be sure to check out this thread, lots of folks starting new plants to start new gardens:
http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/542483/
dmcdevitt
Schroon Lake, NY
(Zone 4a)

September 7, 2005
12:54 AM

Post #1744233

Wabi
That is one of the most beautiful tributes to gardening I have ever read.
wabi
saugatuck, MI
(Zone 6a)

September 7, 2005
1:43 AM

Post #1744341

pati, maggie, devitt---

y'all are making me cry again. it is such a gift to be understood. this place and the people in it are a rare comfort.

ok. allright. now...let's see what else we can do to help our 'washed out' friends down south! the plant fairies team thread will have em all up to their wheelbarrows in replacement plants come spring LOL, the Dmailers are about halfway home finding everyone (at day 8), our bean counters))) have a reporting and tracking system up and running for needs assessment and co ordination, we have a pile-o-Hbuddies waiting, and...what did i miss?

thank you for being you. do. not. stop.
*grin*

dmac085
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7a)

September 30, 2005
9:58 PM

Post #1790562

You know you're a gardener when...

you've saved 8 years of plant, bulb and seed catalogs, at an estimated count of 25 a year because an item might not be available in the following catalog and you might need to have the name of it.
your friend who couldn't care less about gardening just get "the look" on their faces when you innocently mention wanting to stop by the nursery for a minute;).
when you make excuses for purchases even when no one has questioned you about the purchase.
when you sit on the hot sidewalk in 95 degree heat with a paper plate and tweezers harvesting tiny little flower seeds from a moss rose plant when you can buy new seed in the spring for 99 cents a package.
when you read all 300 posts on the addiction thread and spent two thirds of the time nodding in agreement.
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 30, 2005
11:31 PM

Post #1790696

You know you're a gardener when...

After a brush with a hurricane, all you can think about as you drive down the road is how you can pick up all the great pine straw and leaves that are all over the place to use as mulch or to add to your compost pile!

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

September 30, 2005
11:31 PM

Post #1790697

Your last one's a hoot...

Hap
wabi
saugatuck, MI
(Zone 6a)

October 1, 2005
3:16 AM

Post #1791049

*nodding*
gldandrews
Andrews, NC
(Zone 6a)

October 2, 2005
2:28 PM

Post #1793127

When in the spring you make several trips a day around you garden to see if any things coming up yet, knowing good and well it hasn't since the last time you looked 30 min. ago.
sylvi74
East Bethel, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 3, 2005
5:20 PM

Post #1795192

Or you sit and stare at it for 30 min. and then convince yourself it looks bigger!
htcoe
Oriental, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 30, 2009
1:19 PM

Post #6483461

I absolutely swear this is true. For our anniversary one year DH gave me a truck load of horse manure. I was thrilled. Hope I get one this year.

Helen
noobiegardener
Glen Burnie, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 5, 2009
10:19 AM

Post #6506212

when you are driving down the highway past a farm and say "look at all that beautiful dirt" or when the smell of manure hits the air and your children say "yuk, what is that smell?" and you simultaneously say "ahhhhh...someone is composting...maybe they'll let me have some!"
City_Sylvia
Dallas, TX

May 12, 2009
1:03 AM

Post #6536454

... you are waiting for your stimulus check so you can buy an exotic Hosta!
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

May 13, 2009
6:46 PM

Post #6543978

...you pick through the trash bag in the florist section of your grocery store to find some rose stems or other plant stems you can propagate... (guilty as charged LOL - I'm hoping the grocery store manager frequently reviews the security tapes and sees the strange man culling the floral trash to satisfy his desperate need for plants in a depressed economy).

I've actually considered going to the local florist shops and asking them to save their trash for me to pick up. I'm not always successful with getting rose stems to root, but one out of a dozen is one more rose, and the rose plant is usually a nice cultivar since it is intended for the florist trade. One success I had was rooting a broken stem from 'Essence of Truth' rose. It is growing well, but hasn't flowered for me yet.

Jeremy
City_Sylvia
Dallas, TX

May 14, 2009
3:28 AM

Post #6546088

lol... Jeremy do those Air potatoes grow around Jacksonville? Its that vine they are burning in florida because its so invasive.
margaran
(Maggie) Jacksonvill, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 14, 2009
10:52 AM

Post #6546696

Unfortunately, yes they do.

Maggie
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

May 14, 2009
3:14 PM

Post #6547517

I have not yet eradicated all the air potatoes (Dioscorea bulberifera http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/32235/ ) from my yard. They were here when I bought the house and have remained as entrenched invaders. Once established, they are very difficult to eliminate because any part of the root will grow a new vine and the "air potatoes" will root wherever they fall.

I haven't heard of any burning of the vines. Our weather has been so dry here this spring that I would be surprised if any controlled burns were occurring, but I don't watch the TV news much (too busy keeping up with the "recent developments" in my garden. LOL).

Jeremy

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

May 14, 2009
3:35 PM

Post #6547611

City,

The burning vines may be the kudzu vines. They are not nice either.

Hap
City_Sylvia
Dallas, TX

May 15, 2009
4:55 AM

Post #6550802

I am looking for someone who will box them up and ship them to me. Or I could come get them ... if you know of anyone let me know and I will pay for them.
peony8
Westford, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 31, 2009
11:20 PM

Post #6623629

> you know you're a gardener when ...

When my husband says that I went through the Five Stages of Grief after my Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' died.

When all my reading material is nothing but plant and gardening and horticultural books.

When I feel a physical leap in my heart when a plant blooms.

When I am digging trenches around the perimeter of my garden beds and sift through the dirt I'm tossing for any worms (to put back into the garden).

When I am at work, and all I can think about is getting home and touching dirt.

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

June 1, 2009
12:11 AM

Post #6623823

YEH>>>>

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