Thank you for the warm greeting. How wonderful to find a place where we can read about gardening successes and challenges from all over the world. I see we're a mere Zone apart, even though we live in different countries.
As for my gardening interests... I'm interested in perennials, primarily. My challenge is finding plants that can take temperature extremes on both ends of the spectrum. (It was 102 degrees F with a heat index of 110 today!) My lot has more sun than shade and is fairly small. I see you have a keen interest in hostas. I was lucky to inherit a few mature hostas (see a picture of the biggest, here http://davesgarden.com/forums/fp.php?pid=1646729) and have planted a few more in the interim. I'm just now getting to the place where I can spend a little more time working in the yard... if only the weather would cool down a bit!
Also, I'm excited about learning from all of the info you DGers so generously post here and I'm hoping to make good use of the garden journal function here so that I can have a record of what's worked and what hasn't.
azurebloom Hello and welcome from northwestern Missouri. You will find Dave's a great place to be. I'm fairly new too and am really enjoying lots of the many things to do here at Dave's. Great bunch of folks here to answer your questions if you need it.
Hi! We'll be relocating to the KC area this year, and renting while we build a house. So it will be next spring before I really start planting. I'm so excited to have found DG! It looks like we'll be in Shawnee, and I have so many questions I don't know where to begin.
I know a lot of what I want, but know I'd like some help from a landscape designer - anyone have ideas on how to work together?
I'm already planning - have to have some fun if I can't plant! I'm starting with trees - any experience with Evodia (like do they really atrract a lot of bees or is one specimen plant ok?
How about Stewartia v. Franklinia? Redvein Enhianthus?
And does anyone know an evergreen that will only grow to about 12' high?
I'll finally be able to have everything I want, but don't know much about what growns best there. We'll be on a hill with best iew to the West, NOW, and the front of the house will be SE - it's a Mediterranean ranch with tile roof, U-shaped in front, and I have no idea what to do in front.
Planning as many roses as I can handle. And I'd love to volunteer at the KC Rose Garden - last time I saw it, it needed lots of help.
Any and all responses welcome! Thanks
Welcome azurebloom from Julian, CA. I also am trying to plant things that can handle both hot summers and cold winters. I've planted 17 or 18 trees this year! So we will see how they do this winter, so far they are doing well! Im new here and learning but I have been putting things in my Journal if you want to take a look.
:) Smiling !